A Covid-Safe Social Programme for 2020 – 2021

As the pandemic continues, this year is starting a bit differently with regards to our social programme, but we are still determined to make it as fun, interesting, interactive, engaging, relevant, Covid-safe, socially-distanced, and non-pressurised as before! We will offer as many activities as we can both online and in-person so no one misses out, always adhering to current government rules and regulations, as the safety of our students is paramount. We will also endeavour to do more outside activities when possible, or choose venues that are spacious and safe for our students.

We encourage our students to embrace this new world of blended face-to-face/online activities, and ask them to give us any feedback or suggestions as we navigate this new way of interacting together.

May Activities & Events 2021:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – May 2021

Please find our Social Programme and Student Development Talks, schedule below for May:

April Activities & Events 2021:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – April 2021

Please find our Social Programme and Student Development Talks, schedule below for April:

Week Commencing April 19th:

Welcome back all students! In the week leading up to Mock Exams, we are offering a range of activities focused on reducing exam stress to prevent unnecessary anxiety. Lauryn, a second-year University of Bath Business student, will be hosting a Q&A session to answer student’s questions on their next stage of education. Russian club and debate club returns following the Easter half-term, check the completed April calendar to confirm future dates.

March Activities & Events 2021:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – March 2021

Please find our Social Programme and Student Development Talks, schedule below for March:

Week Commencing March 22nd:

It’s a busy week before we break for Easter half-term! Along with our regular clubs running this week (Guitar Lessons Monday, Debate Club Tuesday, Cafe Catch Up and Russian Club on Thursday), we also have some other special student sessions running, including a special Personal Growth session on Positive Psychology by our very own Principal on today at 5pm, as well as an important Revision Tips session with top teacher Alan Theobald on Thursday.

Week Commencing March 15th:

It’s another busy week, but here are the key highlights! On Tuesday it is the Young Carers Action Day an important day to raise awareness of young carers and their incredible contribution they make to their families and local communities. On Wednesday, InvestIn is hosting a session working on interview skills, guiding students through the key employability skills sought by employers and how interviews have changed following the pandemic. Students need to sign up by March 16th in order to attend! Red Nose Day is at the end of the week raising money to support people living incredibly tough lives.

Week Commencing March 8th:

On Wednesday Rachael will be giving you some key strategies in order to assist you to become better at managing your time! All Personal Development talks are designed to enrich your mind, worldly views, education, and important life skills. Guitar Lessons, Debate club, Catch up Cafe and Russian Lessons are all returning for another week so get involved!

Week Commencing March 1st:

Our weekly clubs are back from book club to Russian lessons there are plenty of extra-curricular to get involved with. New this week is the catch-up cafe which is hosted by students, for students! It is an online space where students can catch up, chat, vent, or just connect with classmates and have a laugh!

For our first term back in 2021, we are moving our Social Programme and Student Development Talks online, please find the schedule below:


February Activities & Events 2021:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – February 2021

Week Commencing February 8th:

There are many activities for you to choose from this week! Our new Book Club is starting run by Student Rep Mia, so come share your thoughts and ideas on your recent reads and favourite books. Guitar Lessons, Debate Club and Russian Lessons continue as well as a very important PD Talk on Building Resilience, a timely talk to equip students with skills to deal with and manage challenging situations and circumstances that are unavoidable in life.

Week Commencing February 1st:

We have new activities for you to try this month including a taster session of Teen Yoga this Thursday, and a new student-run Book Club starting 8th of February. We will also be hosting more Student Development talks including a focus on building resilience, as well as one from our Vice-Principal Liam Hocking on the Psychology of Sleep, don’t miss them!

January Activities & Events 2021:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – January 2021

Week Commencing January 24th:

We have a variety of activities going on this week for our students, from music to politics to career skills to mindfulness, there is something for everyone!


Week Commencing January 17th:

During Mock Exam Week we will have a break from social activities, apart from our Russian Club continuing on Thursday at 6pm.

Week Commencing January 11th:

Week Commencing January 4th:

December Activities & Events 2020:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – December 2020

Week Commencing December 14th:

Join Tomos for the finale of film club to watch ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’, followed by an online class discussion, all students are welcome to join. Join us and play an 18-hole Adventure Glow Golf course, right in front of the Royal Crescent in beautiful Victoria Park with light-up obstacles and components It is a great way for UFP & ELT students to practise listening to English and speaking with your fellow college classmates.

Week Commencing December 7th:

Find your most festive jumpers and wear them to College for the day whilst raising funds and awareness for Save the Children. . We have also prepared a Business industry talk which is sure to be interesting and hugely beneficial for your personal development so look out for Rachael’s emails to find out more!

November Activities & Events 2020:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Programme – November 2020

Week Commencing November 29th:

If you have a guitar and fancy a free tutorial online then tune in. This is the second lesson but all students are welcome. The group will go through some guitar basics, starting with simple chords, practise techniques and different approaches and styles so tune in to learn a new skill! Sam’s pub quiz is still running every other Friday so turn up to test your knowledge…


Week Commencing November 22nd:

We’re back in the kitchen with Culinary Classroom hosted by our in-house Chef Olly where students can learn the basics of cooking, helping them get ready for uni and independent life! This episode Olly will be baking a triple chocolate cake so stay tuned! As always the weekly chess club will still be running alongside D&D so get involved.

Week Commencing November 15th:

Calling all adventurers a brand new Dungeons and Dragons club starting on the 15th! Another new club on the horizon is chess club every Wednesday evening, no experience is required and all are welcome. So be prepared to declare check mate!

 Week Commencing November 8th:

Do we have any music lovers out there? If you have a guitar and fancy a free tutorial online then tune in. He will go through some guitar basics, starting with simple chords, practise techniques and different approaches and styles. If you need some inspiration in your future career plan look no further than the InvestIn talk. Join Rachael for a Mental Health Talk online and improve your stress mindset by learning practical ways to manage the daily stress of being a student.

October Activities & Events 2020:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Calendar – October 2020

We’ve got a busy month ahead planned for our students, so we will be posting details of activities week by week (for our full monthly calendar, click on the link above). Students will be sent emails from the leader of each activity with details, so please check your student emails often! You will also receive a link to sign up to many activities online, you can see them on our SignUp page.

Week Commencing October 19th:

We’re starting our first Culinary Classroom with our in-house Chef Olly next week where students can learn the basics of cooking, helping them get ready for uni and independent life! This week’s Politics Film Club will cover a documentary where you go behind the scenes as four determined women challenge big-money politicians in the 2018 race for Congress. Don’t miss Sam’s Virtual Pub Quiz on Friday the 23rd, and join Rachael on a scenic cycle through a disused railway with an interactive light installation. All activities that require sign up can be found here.


Week Commencing October 12th:

Do you need a change of scene? We know things aren’t back to normal yet, but we can still be a bit adventurous if we take all the required safety precautions. Join us next Saturday on a trip to Oxford, a short train/bus journey away (masks required), and you can explore the famous college town with us. Check your student emails from Dom for all details including the online SignUp link.

Week Commencing October 5th:

This week we are off to the cinema on Monday to see the new Sci-Fi spectacle TENET, Tomos will be hosting his Politics Film Club online featuring Margaret Thatcher on Tuesday, and Rachael will be hosting two Interactive Talks online on Wednesday & Thursday. As we build up to World Mental Health Day on Saturday, these talks will be focussing on how to Build your Mental Health Toolkit and tips for dealing with anxiety and self-care. Thursday Dom will take our students bowling at the Bath Leisure Centre, and Friday don’t forget to wear yellow to support World Mental Health Day with all donations going to YoungMinds Charity. We have set up a JustGiving page where you can donate easily and safely.

September Events 2020:

March Events:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Calendar – March 2020

Cheer on our student team at the CIFE inter-college quiz in London. This is an annual quiz where our college competes against others in the country in a general knowledge (with A-Level input) quiz. Join us & Original Wild for some outdoor adventure on the River Avon, stand up paddleboarding is really easy and so much fun. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at The Assembly Inn with your fellow classmates, it’s just another excuse for a party! Our ‘Explore UK’ trip is taking us to London this month where we will visit Westminster, St James’s Park and Covent Garden.

February Events:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Calendar – February 2020

For this month we’re spreading the ‘love’ by selling LoveHeart sweets and raising money for YoungMinds Charity, an organisation devoted to young people’s mental health. We’re also heading outdoors for some wild adventure at THE WILD PLACE PROJECT, a wildlife conservation park were students can take a Leap of Faith with a climbing challenge. Also trips to Oxford and the British Aerospace Museum will be our weekend excursions for both international and academic students where they can visit some Harry Potter filming sights and step aboard the Concorde, the world’s fastest passenger jet.


January Events:

For our full monthly calendar click here: Social Calendar January 2020

Happy New Year to all our students! With mock exams looming, we’re starting off the new decade with a theme of balance, incorporating a few fun events in between study time. To celebrate end of mock exams we’ll be having a Chinese New Year party on Jan. 31 at The Assembly Inn.

For our international students, we’ll be heading to the Roman Baths to discover the ancient beauty of this historical place, it really is a must-see in Bath.

We’ll also be holding an English Chat Club for international students to meet and practise their English in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. We’ll meet every Thursday at 1pm at Chapel Row Cafe, join us for a chat and a cuppa.


December Events:

Our most popular, festive student activity of the year is ice skating in the centre of Bath with Bath on Ice! Whether you’ve ice skated before or not doesn’t matter, it’s a great chance to get together with your classmates and have a laugh on the ice, the atmosphere is truly magical.

More festive fun will be had at the Theatre Royal in Bath when our students go to see the Beauty and the Beast Panto on Thursday, 12th December. One of the most popular fairy tales of all, Beauty & The Beast is the story of Belle who finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast by an evil sorceress.


November Events:

Our international students will be attending a Civic Reception to meet the Mayor Nov. 21 at The Pump Rooms, followed by a torchlit tour of the Roman Baths.

Our first half-term break is finished and we are gearing up for the festive season ahead.

Here’s our upcoming social activities and events for this winter term:

Get locked in and clued up in The Escape Room challenge where you have to work as a team to escape! Then join us in the front courtyard at 5pm on Thursday November 28th to see Dorothy’s Tree get lit up and buy a Remembrance Bauble to support Dorothy House Hospice. Students please note; we will require volunteer Student Elves from Nov. 28th – Dec. 14th, please sign up on the rota on the main noticeboard.

October Events:

It’s a busy month as everyone settles into the new academic year, but we thought we add some fun options to the social activity and enrichment programme to get that important balance of work and play! For those who like outdoor rejuvenation, join us with Original Wild and coast down the River Avon in a kayak. For those who prefer indoor activities we have a cinema night on the 22nd October, and of course we can’t forget to celebrate Halloween with a party! You can dress up (or not!), just come and join the spooky fun. And don’t forget our fabulous Viva Trips taking place this month, to Stonehenge & Salisbury, Brecon Beacons & Caerphilly Castle, Snowdonia & Oxford! See full list by clicking Viva Trips document on the left.

Welcome Boat Party – Friday, Sept. 13, 4 – 8pm

Relax, eat and drink with your new college classmates on the Avon! Join us from 4-8pm for food, drink, music, and a chance to meet the staff and students of Bath Academy in an informal atmosphere by the beautiful Pulteney Bridge.

#instameetBA – Friday, Sept. 13

After your morning induction, we will be doing a Photo Trail around Bath, our very own #instameetBA! Get to know the city, or discover places you never knew. You don’t need to be a photographer, it’s all for fun, and prizes to be won.

Summer Ball – Class of 2019

Our students and staff had a fantastic time celebrating all their achievements this year at our Summer Ball, held at The Green Park Brasserie in Bath. Fun awards were handed out to both staff and students, the Photo Booth was busy all night, and the dance floor was on fire! Congratulations to our Class of 2019! For more pictures of the night see our gallery here:

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Paintballing – March 23, 2019

It’s time to get splattered! By far our most popular student activity, paintballing is a guaranteed colorful good time, don’t miss out! Join your fellow students in playful combat on Saturday, March 23rd.

Bowling Night! – February 9, 2019

Please join us this Saturday night for some bowling fun at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre (meet at Bath Academy at 7:00pm if unsure where to go). Who’s going to be the Bowling King / Queen of the night? 👑 🎳

Music Quiz – January 23, 2019

It’s time to beat the January blues with another fun Bath Academy Event! For all you music fans out there, come test your knowledge in a fun atmosphere with your fellow students, plus new students who are joining us for a couple of weeks from Italy. Join us next Wednesday at the Assembly in at 7pm for a musical quiz, meet our Italian students, and make some new friends from a fabulous country!

Karaoke Night – November 23, 2018

It’s time to show off your singing skills! And if you don’t want to sing, no worries, come and join the fun with your fellow students. We have a professional singer amongst us, so it will be a treat!

International Party – September 27, 2018

International evening is all about showing and sharing our cultures and traditions with each other.

It is a chance to bring everyone together to taste many different foods and witness a great night of entertainment.

Any home made cultural foods and displays of cultural talent (from both staff and students!) are greatly welcomed!!

Quiz Night – September 20th – Chapel Row

We kicked off our social programme this year with a Quiz Night at our new location at Chapel Row. Thanks to Yesid our Quiz Master and congratulations to the Green Team for being Quiz Champions!

Summer Ball – May 11

Our students attended a fantastic Summer Ball at The Bath Function Rooms where we enjoyed a 3-course meal, awards, and danced the night away! There was also a Photo Booth where students had great fun taking photos with props, a perfect souvenir of the evening. To see more photos from the evening, view our gallery here.

Congratulations to our Award Winners:

Natasha Taylor –  Academic Achievement

Eliza Khanukaeva – Student of the Year