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University Pathways (Widening Participation)

Our University Pathways programme, also known as Widening Participation, aims to support TPAT Sixth Form year 12 students with gaining the experience of life as a university undergraduate, and provide practical support as participants begin their higher education application process. We have teamed up with three local Universities who each offer widening participation programmes. These feature input from leading academics and current undergraduate mentors, and look to challenge participants academically and enhance current studies.

Below you will find further information about the fantastic opportunities open to students and the programme format offered from each University.

Pathway to Bath is a free blended learning programme that gives students the chance to develop key skills for university study and beyond while working online alongside experienced staff and current students and the opportunity to attend a free 3-day summer residential visit to experience life as a student at Bath.

The programme is designed to fit around your busy A level (or equivalent) schedule and will require no more than one hour per week to complete. You can work through the sessions wherever and whenever suits you, and have the opportunity to gain an alternative offer to study at Bath if you successfully complete the programme.

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We have close links with the University of Bristol and many year 12 and year 13 students participate in the Access to Bristol and Pathways to Health Science programmes every year. In 2019-20, 7 students from Lydiard Park Academy took part.

Students attend a series of sessions on Wednesday afternoons during the autumn or spring term. The sessions give 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.

Taking part shows a commitment to further study that strengthens university applications. Students who successfully complete the programme are guaranteed a contextual offer/interview from Bristol, a top-ten UK University (QS World University Rankings 2020).

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Reading Scholars is a year long programme consisting of fourteen strands, which aims to give you a real taste of life as a university student, an insight into studying at degree level and also advice and guidance on higher education in general. Featuring input from leading academics and current undergraduate students, the programme seeks to challenge you academically and enhance your current studies.

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UCAS - Parents Presentation (1.3MB)

A presentation aimed at parents regarding UCAS options