Pathways and Progression Programmes

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Pathways and Progression Programme
  • Access Champions

    By supporting sixth form leaders and teachers to complete university and apprenticeship applications, this comprehensive programme aims to improve progression rates to university and other post 18 options.

    In collaboration with Causeway Education (formerly  HE Access Network), we’ve welcomed 11 schools from the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area to a launch that covered the latest research on personal statement and reference writing. We conducted a needs analysis for each school identifying major priorities for change, and started the planning process for implementation strategies for instituting changes.

    We’ve been supporting partner schools through a range of activities, including personal statement and reference training for wider staff, workshops for Medicine and Law, and the rollout of our online personal statement platform, OSCAR.

    We’ll support a nominated ‘Access Champion’ in schools and colleges to embed outstanding practice in university applications with:

    • Intensive training and mentoring for one key member of staff.
    • Staff training.
    • Workshops for students.
    • The latest resources to support staff and student with all aspects of the admissions process.
    • Access to OSCAR, an online tool that provides support throughout the application process, from course selection to writing a personal statement and interview preparation.

    If you’d like to find out more, please email

  • Pre 16 Information Advice Guidance (IAG)

    We’re growing our pre 16 IAG programme by co-funding the new ‘Reporting Zone’ on the Careerpilot website from September.

    Careerpilot gives 13-19 year olds information on the full range of choices available to them, including GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships and the many routes to higher education.

    The Reporting Zone will enable schools and National Collaborative Outreach Programmes (NCOPs) (on receipt of a signed data sharing agreement) to see the career choices students are interested in. Annual reports will chart how students’ choices change over time.

    Reports can be used to support tutorial work or careers interviews, for example, and to target careers information and provision at students with specific interests; perhaps by offering workshops to those interested in a specific job sector or interested in an apprenticeship.

    To get access to the free Reporting Tool from September, please register your interest.

  • Study Skills

    Study Skills focuses on delivering activities that support the transition between pre-16 and post-16 education, while introducing independent learning tools and techniques that can be carried forward into Higher Education.  

    Current available activities:


    Library Visits

    Students can visit one of the UWE libraries to learn about different research skills and use the resources to help research their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). There is also the opportunity to include a campus tour and/or a Q&A session with current university students.

    UWE Library Services also welcome student visits to access resources for other purposes.


    Study Skills Days (custom-made)

    We can work with schools to design and deliver a custom-made study skills day at UWE Bristol to meet students’ needs. Workshops may include independent learning, notetaking and resilience as well as workshops led and delivered by school staff.


    Positively MAD Workshops

    Positively MAD can visit schools to deliver high energy workshops to whole year groups from Year 10-13 on mastering student motivation, exam busting and bridging the gap between pre and post study.



    If you are from a Future Quest school or college and are interested in any of the above Study Skills activities, please email

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