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University of Bristol Pathway Programme

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Kings is officially partnered with the University of Bristol to offer a unique and guaranteed pathway to this world-class university. 

Before you leave home, you will receive an offer from both Kings and the University of Bristol.

It will guarantee entry to the University once you have successfully completed your programme at Kings to the standard set by the University.

How it works

  1. Guaranteed Conditional offer from the University of Bristol before you leave home
  2. Smooth transition from high school at home within a friendly, supportive college community. You will not be “lost in the crowd” too early at a large university with students aged 18+
  3. Regular visits to the University plus communication and support from University of Bristol staff

The University of Bristol

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Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol offers a rare combination of academic excellence and future-based thinking. The QS World Rankings place Bristol 51st globally and 83% of University research is rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’*. 

At Bristol, every student is encouraged to realise their potential and are primed to ensure their studies make a profound impact on their environment, the communities they belong to and their future careers. 

*(QS World University Ranking 2019; Research Excellence Framework 2014)


  • Ranked 51st in the world (QS World University Ranking 2019)
  • Bristol is ranked 6th in the UK for employability (QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2019)
  • 90 per cent of students completing their degree in 2017-18 achieved a First or 2:1
  • Bristol is ranked joint 5th in the UK for research intensity (Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014)
  • 83% of the University’s research is rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014)

Bristol at a glance

Bristol is home to 23,000 students from more than 150 countries.

The University is invested in our international community, which is why Bristol are offering more than £1m worth of international scholarships to students beginning their studies in 2019. This is envisaged to continue in 2020.

Bristol is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities

It was the first university in England to admit women and men as equals.

Bristol is a founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network; a group of research-led institutions of international standing.

The Students’ Union offers more than 350 clubs and societies.

Thirteen Nobel laureates are associated with the University, including former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, Bristol’s Chancellor from 1929 to 1965.

The city of Bristol was named the best place to live in the UK in 2017 by the Sunday Times, which called it ‘cool, classy and supremely creative’.

The University has exchange partnerships with more than 150 prestigious universities across 35 countries.

The Pathway Programme

Once you have your Conditional Offer from Bristol you will join a programme at Kings.

You can choose either a 2-year A-level programme or a 1-year Advanced Level Foundation programme.

You can choose to enrol at any one of our colleges in Brighton, London, Oxford and Bournemouth.

Both programmes feature small classes in an international environment and high levels of personalised learning and pastoral support.

You will also benefit from regular visits to and from the University of Bristol.

University of Bristol enrichment programme

In addition to your Kings classes, you will have a regular programme of interaction and experience with the University. This includes: 

  • Termly visits to the University of Bristol
    • Meet departmental faculty
    • Attend sample lectures
    • Meet current University of Bristol students
  • Regular visits from University of Bristol staff
    • Meet with University Admissions staff
    • Meet with University of Bristol teaching faculty

1-year Foundation pathway

Course length: 1 Academic Year (3 terms)
Lessons: Average 21 hours per week, plus homework and private study
Minimum age: 17
Class size range: 8 - 12
Entry requirements:
Academic: Completed 11-12 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent);
Language: Minimum IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in Reading and Writing) or equivalent

Bristol Entry requirements

Aside from an English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each category), Foundation Pathway students will need to achieve the following final grades depending on the degree of choice:


Aerospace & Civil 77%

Mechanical & Electrical 75% overall with 75% in Mathematics, plus 65% Communication and Study Skills

Humanities & Social Sciences

60% overall plus 65% Communication and Study Skills 

Economics, Accounting & Management

Economics 70%

Accounting 65% overall, with 75% in Mathematics

plus 65% Communication and Study Skills

International Business

65% overall plus 65% Communication and Study Skills 


70% overall plus 65% Communication and Study Skills. 

Please note that all applicants for Law must take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)

Life & Health Sciences

60 - 65% overall with specific subject requirements for specific programmes plus 65% Communication and Study Skills

Maths, Computing & Sciences

70% - 75% overall with 75% in Mathematics plus 65% Communication and Study Skills

2-year A-level pathway

Course length: 2Academic Year (6 terms)
Lessons: Average 20-25 hours per week, plus homework and private study
Minimum age: 16
Class size range: 4 - 10
Entry requirements:
Academic: Completed 10-11 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent);
Language: Minimum IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in Reading and Writing) or equivalent

Bristol Entry requirements

A-level students will need to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each category).

Please refer to the University’s website for details of A-level grade requirements.

Undergraduate degree subjects

You will have access to all of the University’s 200+ undergraduate degrees which cover a broad range of subjects and are delivered across 25 academic schools:


  • School of Arts
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Modern Languages
  • Centre for Innovation


  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Health Sciences

  • Bristol Dental School
  • Bristol Medical School
  • Bristol Veterinary School
  • Centre for Health Sciences Education

Life Sciences

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Biochemistry
  • School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • School of Psychological Science 


  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Earth Sciences
  • School of Geographical Sciences
  • School of Mathematics
  • School of Physics

Social Sciences and Law

  • School of Education
  • School for Policy Studies
  • School of Economics, Finance and Management
  • School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
  • University of Bristol Law School

Career opportunities

A Bristol degree is highly attractive to employers: Bristol is in the top five universities targeted by leading graduate employers (source: The Graduate Market in 2014, High Fliers research) and has over 500 employer visits to campus each year.