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Links to Higher Education

We have developed links with a range of universities, giving our students the experiences and skills to reach their aspirations. These include:

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 2020-21, 10 students from Archway School Sixth Form are taking 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.

In addition to Access to Bristol, 11 students last year took part in other activities at the University, such as Taster Days and Options Conferences.

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).


Students at Archway Sixth Form have the opportunity to participate in several different programmes at the University of Bath:

On Track to Bath:

On Track to Bath is a one-year, blended learning programme, which will support students to develop their independent learning, academic research and employability skills, and will help them to make an informed choice about future university courses. Students spend time on campus and undertake their own research project with the support of some of our academic staff and current students.

Pathway to Bath

Pathway to Bath is a flexible, online curriculum enrichment programme which gives students the chance to develop important key skills for university study by completing their own research project (or similar) while working alongside experienced university staff and current students. The programme includes a summer residential visit to their beautiful campus, to experience all that university life has to offer (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).

Discover Bath

A summer programme which aims to give students a taste of first-year life and study at Bath. The focus is on a 4-day summer school, where students will work on university level work and students will have some work to do before and afterwards to make the most of the experience.


University of Gloucestershire

Study Skills

The Study Skills Day takes place at the University of Gloucestershire at the start of Year 12 and is focussed on developing the skills that are fundamental to success in A Level and BTEC qualifications. During this day lecturers from the University deliver sessions on note-taking, essay writing, and critical thinking. 

Sixth Form Open Day Visit

Each year all Year 12 students are given the opportunity to attend the University of Gloucestershire Open Day, so that they can get the feel of a university campus and find out more about the courses offered at a university, student finances, and life at university.

Personal Statement Masterclass

In June, the Outreach Team from the University of Gloucestershire run a Personal Statement Masterclass for our Year 12s, which gives students expert guidance on how to write a successful personal statement for their application to Higher Education.