Access to Bristol

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

If you are interested in taking part in Access to Bristol/Pathways to Health Sciences 2022-23, sign up to receive an email notification when applications open in September 2022.

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 2023).

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.

Term dates & times

The scheme is split into Autumn and Spring term and students attend one term only. Autumn sessions runs from Nov-Dec and Spring sessions run from Feb-Mar.

Subjects we offer on Access to Bristol

You can view a simple list of the subjects we offer and the term(s) they run in these drop-downs. For more in depth information on our subject stream content and Access to Bristol more broadly, please see our Access to Bristol 2021-22 booklet below.

Access to Bristol Booklet

2021-22 A2B booklet (PDF, 836kB)

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 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 Zaynab Hamdi (Access to Bristol Coordinator) at

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

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