Pathways to Health Sciences is a programme for students interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science at university.

Pathways to Health Sciences

Access to Bristol & Pathways to Health Sciences 2020/21 Brochure

Find out more about the Pathways to Health scheme on page 31 of our brochure:

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

Applications for Pathways to Health Sciences closed at midnight on 16 October.

What to expect

Pathways to Health Sciences will consist of a wide variety of sessions designed to give you an insight into our health science programmes.

You will take part in academic taster sessions, delivered by our leading academics, NHS Clinicians, and current students. You will also have the opportunity to practice clinical skills and talk to professionals from your chosen field.

In addition to the academic and professional sessions, the programme will provide you with personal statement and interview workshops to help you prepare for your application to university.

Who can apply? 

To apply for Pathways to Health Sciences you must: 

  • be in your first year of A-level (or equivalent “Level 3”) study or on an Access to HE programme; 

  • be resident in a BABS or other local postcode within an hour’s journey of the University of Bristol (this includes South Wales); 

  • attend a state school or college.  

The scheme is very popular and there is high demand for places. If a subject stream is oversubscribed, we will give priority to those who meet all or most of the following criteria: 

  • have the academic ability to study at the University of Bristol (meeting the Advanced Numeracy and Standard Literacy GCSE entry requirements for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science); 

  • are part of the first generation in their family to go to university; 

  • live in an area of low participation in higher education as defined by POLAR4, which is a score of 1 or 2 for the category 'POLAR4 young participation quintile'; 

  • are a BAME (Black, Asian, & Minority Ethnic) student; 

  • attend an aspiring state school or college; 

  • are or have been eligible for free school meals; 

  • have spent three or more months in local authority care; 

  • are currently an estranged student; 

  • be considered a mature student (over 21 years old when you will begin your degree). 

This is an extended programme, which means we can only accept students who will be studying at school or college for the next two yearsie, in Year 12The programme will consist of enrichment sessions during Year 12, a summer work experience conference, with further sessions supporting your application and interview technique taking place in Year 13. If you are accepted onto the scheme, you will be provided with a timetable with details of each session.  

If you are studying an Access to HE Diploma, which is one year in length, we encourage you to apply. If you are selected, the programme manager will talk to you about taking part in aaccelerated condensed programme. 

If you have any questions about the entry requirements or how to apply please contact Alex Thompson at 

Guaranteed interviews and guaranteed offers at the contextual level

Successful completion of the Pathways to Health Sciences scheme will entitle you to a contextual offer for all undergraduate courses, which is usually two grades lower than the typical offer.

Applicants to Medicine or Dentistry programmes at the University of Bristol will also secure a guaranteed interview, provided that you meet the minimum entry requirements of the course (this includes your predicted grades meeting the contextual offer grades).

Veterinary Science applicants will receive a guaranteed offer, provided that you meet the minimum work experience criteria and the minimum entry requirements of the course.


If you successfully complete the Pathways to Health Sciences programme 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 UK/Home fee-paying student with a household income of £25,000 or below, apply for a means-tested loan, and agree to share financial information with the University of Bristol. No bursary is paid in any year where you are entitled to NHS funding as part of your course. 

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