Outreach and Widening Participation

The Faculty of Arts and the Widening Participation team are committed to ensuring that school students of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to explore, learn and get enthused about studying Arts subjects.

Schools and Colleges Newsletters

If you are a teacher and would like to keep updated with all current Widening Participation activities, please sign up to our Sign up for our Schools Outreach newsletter here.

Open days

Find out all you need to know about the University of Bristol at one of our undergraduate open days.

Faculty of Arts projects and programmes 2023/24

Flagship Widening Participation programmes

Access to Bristol and Summer Schools
Arts subjects such as English, Modern Languages and Film and TV feature in wider, multidisciplinary Widening Participation programmes like Access to Bristol and our Summer Schools: Sutton Trust and Insight into Bristol, which are open to students in Y12. Next Step Bristol, our programme for Y13 students from Black or Asian backgrounds, is open to students interested in applying to a degree in the Faculty of Arts. Participants to these programmes receive a guaranteed contextual offer/interview for entry to the University.

Online opportunities

Foreign Language Film Webinars
Our Foreign Language Film Webinars series, in which academics in the School of Modern Languages at Bristol analyse foreign language films and answer questions about what it is like to study languages at university. These are open to A-Level students and MFL teachers in state schools as CPD. Webinars will take place from 26th February to 29th February 2024. Registration is now open – please see the following links to register for these webinars:
Opportunities for Local Students

Creative Industries Unlocked
This is a 6-week programme designed for students in Year 12 or their first year of college who are interested in learning more about careers in the creative industries. Through a series of hands-on masterclasses with industry partners, students will gain an insight into jobs in sectors such as publishing, broadcasting and creative technology. Students will develop key skills needed to succeed in Bristol’s thriving creative industries sector. They will also learn how skills gained by studying an Arts or Humanities degree will set them up to succeed in one of the South West’s fastest growing sectors. In this year's programme, students will hear from representatives from companies such as Channel 4, Bristol University Press and Aardman animations.

Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed. Please visit this webpage for more information.

Writing Wrongs

This programme supports students' writing skills with a series of workshops in local schools, targeting specific writing skills (e.g., essay and evidence based writing), and showing how those skills contribute to success in the study of Arts subjects/careers. The programme will work with students currently in Year 8, in local schools. Please note we have limited capacity to run this programme, and details and timings will be discussed with participating schools directly.

GCSE Language Support programme
Our GCSE Language Support programme will provide local schools with multiple enrichment sessions for MFL students in Year 10. Please note we have limited capacity for these sessions, and details will be defined ad-hoc with participating schools.
Bristol Classics Hub 
The hub provides schools with comprehensive guidance on introducing Classics into the curriculum through events, competitions and workshops for school students across all key stages.


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