Access to Bristol

Access to Bristol provides local students with an unprecedented opportunity to experience life at the University of Bristol.

You will gain special access to the University of Bristol's academic expertise, try out our facilities and work with current students studying at the University.

The Access to Bristol scheme is for students taking A-levels or equivalents. Taking part shows a commitment to further study that will strengthen your application when you apply to university.

Access to Bristol subject streams

Students attend a series of sessions, held at the University on Wednesday afternoons during Autumn or Spring terms. You will choose to study one of 26 subject streams which encompass many of the degree subjects available at the University.

You will get an idea of what it is like to study at the University and you will work with academics and current students who can offer advice and guidance about higher education and their subject area.

Autumn term 2016
Animal Sciences
Archaeology and Anthropology
Earth Sciences
Film and Theatre
Law - Access to H.E - see also Pathways to Law
Liberal Arts
Social Policy and Criminology

Spring term 2017
Biological Sciences
Childhood Studies
Religion and Theology
Sociology, Social Policy and Politics

Both terms
Biomedical Sciences
Economics, Finance and Management
English Literature
Historical Studies
Modern Languages

For a detailed description of each subject stream, download the Access to Bristol brochure 2016 (PDF, 853kB).

See Applying to Access to Bristol for further information on the application process.

Pathways to the Professions

If you gain a place on the Animal Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Economics, Finance and Management, or Engineering Access to Bristol streams you can apply for a Pathways to the Professions scheme.

Pathways to the Professions offers unique opportunities to meet with employers and discover more about graduate careers connected to your subject area. Find out more Pathways to the Professions.

Pathways to Law

This is a two year programme for Year 12 students who are interested in studying for a career in law. Find out more Pathways to Law.

What are the benefits of Access to Bristol?

As well as developing your subject knowledge, Access to Bristol will give you an insight into all aspects of being a university student.

  • First-hand experience of studying at one of Britain's top universities.
  • Support with your A-level studies from our world-class teaching staff.
  • Boost your CV and UCAS application.
  • Meet with other local students from a range of backgrounds.
  • Try out University sports clubs and Student Union societies.

Access to Bristol Bursary

If you successfully complete the Access to Bristol scheme and firmly accept your offer to study at the University of Bristol you may be eligible for the Access to Bristol bursary, which consists of:

  • A full tuition fee waiver for your first year of study;
  • A cash maintenance bursary of £3,750 for each year of your course.

To be considered for the Access to Bristol bursary you need to have a household income of £25,000 or below and be resident in England.

Guaranteed offer

Successful completion of the Access to Bristol scheme will guarantee you an offer from the University of Bristol provided that you meet the full entry requirements of the course you apply for. If the course holds interviews or auditions as part of the selection process you will be guaranteed an interview or audition.

The Access to Bristol bursary and guaranteed offer reflect our commitment to attracting the very best students to the University of Bristol and demonstrates how highly we regard those students who complete the Access to Bristol scheme.

Access to Bristol brochure 2016/17

Download the Access to Bristol brochure 2016 (PDF, 853kB) here

How to apply

Visit Applying to Access to Bristol for more information on entry criteria and application dates.

Pathways to the Professions

If you gain a place on some of our Access to Bristol streams, you can apply to take part in Pathways to the Professions. Meet employers, investigate graduate professions and develop skills for your future career.

Pathways to Law

For Year 12 students, Pathways to Law is a two-year programme offering unique insight into graduate law careers.

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