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.

Virtual resources for students

Virtual Platform of Outreach resources
We have created an online platform of resources for students in Year 11 and 12. Register your interest here to gain access to taster sessions on subjects in the Faculty of Arts and our student support sessions on finance, student experiences, study skills, and live engagement opportunities with current undergraduate students.

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 2022/23

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
In the last week of February 2023, we will run a series of academic sessions analysing a film which is part of the A-Level curriculum for a modern language. While the exact dates and content are yet to be confirmed, sessions will include French, Spanish and German. The Webinars are open to A-Level students and MFL teachers in state schools as CPD. Attendees will get the chance to virtually interact with students and academics from the School of Modern Languages. You can express your interest in attending using this form, so we can let you know when registration opens.
The Culture Unpacked panel series
Want to learn about how the study of the Arts responds to some of the biggest contemporary issues in society? The Culture Unpacked series gives you a chance to watch an engaging discussion between academics and university students on how they feel the arts responds to big questions about life and society. You'll get a chance to ask questions to the panel and share your thoughts.
The next panel event we are running will be on the 21st of September 2022, and it will be titled "How to Change the World: Discussions on Culture". If you're interested in attending this event, please sign up here. For more information please contact arts-outreach@bristol.ac.uk.

Opportunities for Local Students

Unlock the Arts Academy
This programme allows students to learn more about the arts and creative industries. You will receive 6 virtual or physical sessions, including masterclasses from professionals on how to get jobs in industries such as publishing, broadcasting and production. You'll hone your skills as a creative entrepreneur and get to visit some of Bristol's most interesting creative companies. Applications are now closed for 21/22 - 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., editing), and showing how those skills contribute to success in the study of Arts and Social Sciences subjects/careers. From 22-23 academic year, the programme will work with students currently in Year 8 or Year 9, in select 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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