Access to Bristol

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

The Access to Bristol scheme is for local students taking A-levels, BTECs, Access to HE courses or equivalents. Taking part shows a commitment to further study that will strengthen your application when you apply to university. On completion, you will be guaranteed a contextual offer/interview from Bristol, a top-ten UK University (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Students attend a series of sessions, held at the University on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn or spring term. You will choose to study one subject stream from a selection, representing many of the degree subjects available at Bristol.

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

Access to Bristol 2020/21 Brochure

Find out more about the Access to Bristol scheme and all its subject streams in our brochure:

Access to Bristol 2020/21 Brochure (PDF, 908kB)

Term dates & times

The scheme is split into Autumn and Spring term. Due to restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be running the Autumn sessions of Access to Bristol online. We are currently planning to run Spring term on-campus, but this could change depending on how things progress with regards to COVID-19.

Benefits of Access to Bristol

Students who complete the Access to Bristol scheme can benefit from:

  • The Access to Bristol bursary
  • A guaranteed contextual offer/interview

Access to Bristol bursary

If you successfully complete the Access to Bristol scheme and choose Bristol as your Firm choice in UCAS you may be eligible for the Access to Bristol bursary, which currently consists of a maintenance bursary of £3,855 for each year of your course.

To be considered for the bursary you need to be Firm with Bristol, a Home UK student and have a household income of £25,000 or below. No bursary is paid in any year where you are entitled to NHS funding as part of your course.

Guaranteed offer at contextual level

Pathways to Health Sciences

If you are a Year 12 or Access to HE student interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, you may be interested in our extended Pathways to Health Sciences programme.

Virtual resources for school and college students

Sign up for exclusive access to our virtual resources, to support your home-learning and super-curricular development.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Access to Bristol, or if you need any assistance with the application form, please get in touch with Katie (Access to Bristol Coordinator) at

If your query relates to our Pathways to Health Sciences scheme, please get in touch with Alex (Pathways to Health Sciences Coordinator) at

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