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Applications open:
21 August 2020
Applications close:
18 December 2020
Year 12
Hull-York, London, Newcastle, Nottingham
2 years

What the programme offers

Each university has a unique way of delivering the programme. Over the course of two academic years, every Pathways to Medicine student will experience:

Work experience placement

Work experience placement

What would it be like to be a doctor? Find out on a work placement at an NHS hospital or GP surgery. You can live a day in the life of a doctor, develop your skills and hear from practising professionals. Our placements are available across a range of NHS trusts.

Campus events

Campus events

We hold regular events to help prepare you for applying to, and attending, university. We hold our events after school or during half-terms and holidays. We try to schedule most events in your first year to accommodate your A-level schedule. You will receive a full calendar of events in your first month so you can save the dates. In the past we have offered:

  • Interview workshops
  • Medical masterclasses
  • Personal statement and CV-writing workshops
  • Practical workshops

An undergraduate mentor

An undergraduate mentor

You’ll be paired with a medical student who will guide you throughout your two years on the programme. They will share their experience as an undergraduate student and answer your questions about picking a school, managing your finances, navigating social life and more!

A summer residential

A summer residential

On our week-long summer school, you will get to live on campus*, go to lectures and see what university life has to offer. Meet students from around the country and network with professionals. Hone the skills that universities and employers look for and access expert advice on university applications. You can look forward to:

  • Skills workshops
  • Career talks
  • Admissions testing sessions
  • Social activities

*The summer school at Imperial College London is not a residential

Access to our Alumni Network

Access to our Alumni Network

Once you graduate from a Sutton Trust programme, you will become a member of our alumni community. Sutton Trust Alumni is the online home of the alumni community. Here you can create connections, access support and inspire change. With more than 3,500 alumni already active in the community, you can get advice from alums studying and working in areas you are interested in. You’ll also gain exclusive access to events, career opportunities and ways to stay involved with our work.


Who can apply


To apply to Pathways to Medicine you must:

  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
  • Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme
  • Be studying science at A Level
  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university you are applying to. This will normally be one hour’s travel time each way. If you are unsure about this, please contact us.

In addition, we are looking for students who:

  • Have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades 9 – 6 (A*-B), including English and Maths. A minimum of two of these qualifications should be at grades 9 – 7. 
  • Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
  • Have been looked after or in care

The more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to be offered a place on the programme. 

I signed up because I knew just how competitive medicine is, so I just jumped at as many opportunities as possible. I knew that it was a two-year programme where I could experience the medical school, gain work experience and even get lower grade boundaries if I completed the programme – how could I not sign up to it? Laura, Scunthorpe, Pathways to Medicine 2017 - Hull York Medical School
Thanks to the programme, I was able to secure work experience at Charing Cross Hospital working with an anaesthetist. It was really fascinating – I had the opportunity to put on scrubs and watch real surgeries take place. Pathways to Medicine alum 2017
Living as a student in halls, doing PBL sessions and experiencing lectures really solidified that is how and where I want to study medicine. I have also made some great friendships, it's rare you meet people who are so likeminded and determined as you are to study medicine. Daisy, York, Pathways to Medicine 2018 - Hull York Medical School
I loved my experience on the programme, as there were various different tasks and activities to do. I gained an overall insight into medicine and I was able to be well-informed on the subject, which helped in making my decision to choose to study it at university. Pathways to Medicine alum 2019

Imperial College London run their own application process. Applications for all other Pathways to Medicine programmes open on Friday August 23rd. Different universities will have different application deadlines; please see below for these:

For full information on Imperial College London’s application process, click here.

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