Building Up to Bristol for Bristol Scholars

Currently, this page has information about our 2023 course. Full details of our 2024 course will be available here in spring 2024. 

To help Bristol Scholars make a smooth transition to university, we offer a bespoke Building Up to Bristol course. This one-week in-person course will offer you the best possible preparation for your degree.

Course content

This course will prepare you for working at an undergraduate level. It will develop your ability to:

  • read critically
  • plan your writing
  • construct an argument
  • tailor your work to a particular audience.

You will also build resilience, motivation and community, all of which are essential for thriving at university.

The course is not assessed or accredited.

Location, timetable and workload

This in-person course will take place the week before welcome week, on our Clifton Campus. Classes will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm every day, with a one-hour break for lunch.

You will not be expected to do any work outside of class. You will have access to the University’s libraries, computers and online teaching platform.

Class size and teaching staff

You will be taught in groups of up to twenty students by staff from the Centre of Academic Language and Development. The centre specialises in helping students to develop their communication in academic contexts.

Cost and financial support

This course is free for Bristol Scholars to attend. You will receive £100 to thank you for your time and cover your expenses. You will need to attend the whole course to receive the whole £100.

Lunch and any materials you need for the course will be provided.

Entry requirements

Only students who are already part of our Bristol Scholars scheme are eligible for this course. All Bristol Scholars will be expected to attend.

If you are a mature student who is not a Bristol Scholar, you may be interested in our Building Up to Bristol for Mature Students course. If you are an international student wanting to prepare for university, you may wish to consider our pre-sessional courses.

Confirmation deadline

If you are a Bristol Scholar, we will email you once you’ve met the terms of your undergraduate offer. We will ask you to confirm availability and any access requirements by 9am on Monday 28 August 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact

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