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Frome College Sixth Form are now participating in Access to Bristol; a fabulous scheme where successful students can attend 8 lectures in a subject area of their choice at the prestigious Bristol University.

Our first group of students started on Wednesday 17 October, and a second group will go in the spring. Subjects include Law, Healthcare, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Management & Marketing, Childhood Studies, Geography and Social Sciences. Fourteen of our Year 12 students successfully gained a place on this valuable scheme.

One student, secured a place on Pathways to Law, a 2 year scheme which also includes a Supreme Court Debate Day, university application support, a trip to the National Law Conference at the University of Warwick, E-mentoring from a current law student, and a law work placement. Another student was awarded a place on Pathways to Health Sciences,   also a 2 year course for students interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science; as well as attending relevant university lectures, UCAS support and interview workshops, this scheme also gives access to high quality  work experience placements and work with health science professionals.

The Access to Bristol scheme looks great on UCAS applications, and therefore increases likelihood of getting offers from other universities, as they have had university  experience and Degree study in that subject. It allows students to gain an insight and taster of studying that subject at university, and to explore whether this is the route they wish to follow. It also enables them to meet and talk to current students and faculty staff.

Bristol University is one of the top Russell Group Universities in the UK - completing Access to Bristol will guarantee our students an offer from Bristol University should they choose to apply, or if a subject interviews pre selection, they are guaranteed an interview. Bristol will give them an offer of 2 grades less than other students. It is also a fabulous scheme for our students from lower income families; if household income is under £25,000- students will get their first years tuition fees paid, and will get a bursary each year of £3,855. There is absolutely no cost to the student of attending the scheme, and even transport is provided free of charge.

Nine of our students commenced the scheme this week, and a further five start in the spring. We would like to congratulate all of our students who were successful in their applications, and who are participating in this excellent scheme.

Our thanks go to Bristol University for providing this fantastic opportunity for our students.

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