ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Passionate about pursuing a career in medicine?
Pathways to Medicine was developed to widen access to the medical profession. The programme provides both academic support, so that students achieve the grades needed for highly competitive medical school places, as well as providing sector specific support – such as a work placements, mentoring, networking and skills workshops. All of which build the essential knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to higher education and the world of work.
The programme was launched in 2012 at Imperial College London and expanded to Hull York Medical School in 2015. The programme is funded by Health Education England. Research by the Sutton Trust has shown that the top echelons of the medical professions were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds. The programme aims to raise student’s aspirations and allow them to make informed decision about their future career.
Applications for 2019/20 are now open!
Whilst each university has a unique way of delivering the programme, every Pathways to Medicine Student will be offered:
A medical work experience placement
A programme of after-school and weekend events.
E-mentoring from undergraduate medical students
The chance to attend a summer school packed with talks, activities and networking opportunities. The summer school is residential at HYMS, and non-residential at Imperial
WHO CAN APPLY
Students applying to Pathways to Medicine must meet the following criteria:
Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
Be in Year 11 at the start of the programme for Imperial College London
Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme for all other Pathways to Medicine programmes
Live within a reasonable distance of the university to which you are applying. For guidance on this point, please email [email protected]
In addition, we are looking for students who:
Students must have achieved five GCSEs at grades 9-6, including English and Mathematics. A minimum of two of these qualifications should be at grades 9 – 7. This is equivalent to five GCSEs at A* – B in the old system, with two grades at A* – A’
Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
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 parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
Have been looked after or in care
WHERE AND WHEN
Pathways to Medicine runs for three academic years at Imperial College London and two academic years at Hull York Medical School. The programme is run in conjunction with the following universities:
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for the Year 12 Pathways to Medicine programme are now open! Please click the link at the top of the page to visit our application site. Applications for the Year 11 programme will open in the autumn.
To take part in Pathways to Medicine at Hull York Medical School, the University of Newcastle or the University of Nottingham, you must be in Year 12 when the programme starts (autumn term 2019). To take part in Pathways to Medicine at Imperial College London you must be in Year 11 when the programme starts (spring term 2020).
To attend either programme, you must live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university that you wish to apply to (around 1 hour’s commute). If you have a question about this, or any other aspect of the programme, please email [email protected]
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
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. Apparently lots of students faint the first time they watch surgery, but I was really eager to see more. It gave me a really valuable insight into the work doctors do on a day to day basis, which is nothing like you see on TV.
The programme was very helpful in increasing my contact with medical students as well as many medical professionals. The work experience that was organised via this was especially helpful, as this is not always easy to obtain otherwise. It enabled me to see the clinical side of healthcare which greatly increased my motivation to study medicine and also helped in my application for studying medicine.
I loved my experience on the programme, as there were various different tasks and activities to do, which were very insightful and enjoyable. This programme gave me 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.
This programme enabled me to develop personally and increase my interest in pursuing a career in medicine. The programme offered a variety of opportunities, for example work experience placements, workshops etc, which aided in my process for applying to university.