Information for schools

Committed to inspiring future healthcare professionals

Here at Hull York Medical School, we are committed to raise aspirations, support young people's choices and encourage progression into medicine and other medical careers.

Our flagship programme, Pathways to Medicine, supports talented Year 12 students who wish to study medicine, providing an insight into the medical professions, providing support through the application and selection process for medical school and prepare them for attending university.

We also offer a range of widening participation activities for schools and colleges from Year 7 and upwards, ranging from discovery days and talks to summer schools and mock interviews.

If you have any questions on any of the programmes we run, please contact us on outreach@hyms.ac.uk

Widening participation activities

Activities for Years 7-11

Lucy: Medical Emergency

Suitable for: Years 7 and 8

In this online session, students work in teams to diagnose Lucy’s symptoms and save her life. Our patient Lucy has been in a road traffic accident and has been rushed to hospital. The project is run online and participants are guided through the activities by a virtual junior doctor and current Hull York Medical School students.

Upcoming dates: 

  • 16 May 2018 – University of York
  • 20 June 2018 – University of York
  • 21 June 2018 – University of Hull


Medicine Discovery Day

Suitable for: Year 9

A medicine discovery day is a great way to find out more about what it takes to be a doctor and to have a go at some interactive medicine activities. Students will also have the opportunity to look around the university campus and chat to our current medical students. 

  • 9 May 2018 – University of Hull
  • 6 June 2018 – University of York
  • 13 June 2018 – University of Hull


Medicine Discovery Sessions

Suitable for: GCSE students

Medicine Discovery Sessions are a great way to introduce students to the concept of problem based learning (PBL), and to find out more about studying medicine at university. By looking at virtual patients in a PBL scenario, the session seeks to demonstrate to students the links between science and real life.

Students will work on a short case to try and find out what is wrong with the patient and suggest outcomes to reach a diagnosis. They will also have the opportunity to practise clinical skills related to the case.

Upcoming dates:

  • 12 April 2018 – University of York
Activities for Years 12 and 13

Pathways to Medicine

Suitable for: Year 12

Pathways to Medicine is our flagship programme, offering Year 12 students a range of opportunities to give them an insight into the medical profession, support them through the application and selection process for medical school and prepare them for attending university.

More information and book

Making Connections

Suitable for: Year 12

Making Connections is suitable for students in the local area in Years 12  who are taking Biology and Chemistry at A Level. Making Connections is a two-part session for students to learn more about our teaching methods and raise aspirations of students wishing to study medicine.

Session 1

  • Students are introduced to Problem Based Learning (PBL) at Hull York Medical School
  • Student work through a PBL session with current undergraduates at Hull York Medical School
  • Students develop their learning outcomes to take away and research in their own time

Session 2

  • Students attend a session at the Hull York Medical School multi-functional laboratory to work on clinical skills linked to the PBL case

Upcoming dates

  • Session 1: 14 March 2018, 12.30pm-2pm (University of Hull)
  • Session 1: 11 April 2018, 12.30pm-2pm (University of York)
  • Session 2: 21 March 2018, 12.30pm-2pm ( University of Hull)
  • Session 2: 18 April 2018, 12.30-2pm (University of York)

Hull York Medical School Summer Residential

Suitable for: Year 12

Our Summer Residential gives Year 12 students the opportunity to take part in a variety of  activities including problem based learning, clinical skills, presentations and medical workshops, as well as a range of social activities. Applications for Summer Residential are now open, the deadline for applications is Monday 14 May 2018 at 5pm.

More information and apply

Talks at schools and colleges

Suitable for: Years 12 and 13

We offer talks to local schools and colleges with priority given to local state schools followed by local independent schools, subject to availability of our Student Recruitment and Outreach Team. 

For year 12 we offer  talks on ‘making the most of work experience’ and ‘preparing for medicine’. For Year 13 we offer a talk about ‘Plan B: thinking about your options’. The talks are around 45 minutes in length.

Our local area is: East Riding, Humberside, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and York. We are unable to deliver talks outside the local area.

Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber activities

Suitable for: Years 12 and 13

We run activities for a variety of age groups through the Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber, which is a regional collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The programme offers opportunities for high achieving young people to help enrich their experiences in school or college.

Events delivered through the Excellence Hub are open to students from across the UK who have been identified by their school or college as high achieving. Please note there is additional eligibility criteria and a set application process for applying for events.

Visit the Excellence Hub website

Mock interviews

Suitable for: Year 13

Mock interviews are a great way to develop your interview technique and to prepare you for an interview at Hull York Medical School. Places are available to students on widening participation programs at Hull York Medical School and the University of York as well as local students. Mock interviews for Year 13 students will be held again in October 2018. Applications will be open in September 2018.


GP work experience placement

Inspiring and preparing tomorrow’s doctors

We are delighted to be working with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to provide 20, 3 day work experience placements with GP practices in the local area.

These placements are offered to current year 12 students who are considering a career in medicine and would like to gain some relevant work experience before applying.

The 3 day placement is supported by a preparation and reflection workshop which will take place at Hull York Medical School.


Preparation workshop:

  • Wednesday 9 May 2018, 4.30-6.30pm, University of Hull

Reflection workshop (you only need to attend one of the reflection workshops):

  • Wednesday 19 September, 4-6pm, University of Hull
  • Wednesday 26 September, 4-6pm, University of York

How will we support you

In order to prepare you for your GP work placement you will take part in a preparation workshop which has been designed to talk you through the things you might expect to see while on placements, how you can make the most of your time and practicalities including patient confidentiality and aspects of health and safety.

We will also provide you with a placement information pack and a reflective diary you can use during your placement.

In September the reflection workshop will focus on how your experiences have informed your decisions regarding a career in medicine and how you can use your experience in a university job application.

All travel to the workshops and placement should be arranged by yourself, but we are able to reimburse costs up to value of £50 per student.

How to apply

All applications should be made via the online application form.

You will be asked to provide information relating to eligibility criteria. This information will be used if there are more applications than places available. As this is a widening participation scheme, we are targeting students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education and applications from student who meet widening participation criteria will be prioritised.

As the placements are located in the local area, you must live within 1 hours commuting distance of either the University of York or the University of Hull to take part.

The deadline to apply is Monday 23 April 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

Feedback from schools and colleges about our activities

A massive thank you for putting on these trips for our pupils. One of the students told me that it made her want to become a doctor, so I see that as a success!

Sirius Academy West Year 8 'Lucy' visit


It is so beneficial for our students to have opportunities like this, to experience time within the University and to be able to get involved in activities relating to their career interests. The feedback from our pupils was extremely positive.

Ripon Grammar School Year 9 Discovery Day