Pathways to medicine

About the programme

Pathways to Medicine is a widening participation programme run in conjunction with the The Sutton Trust at Hull York Medical School. The programme supports talented Year 12 students who wish to pursue a career in medicine.

The Pathways to Medicine programme offers 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. 

Students for Pathways to Medicine are recruited from schools and colleges across the Hull York Medical School region. 

What activities do you take part in? 

As part of Pathways to Medicine, you will:

  • Attend a launch event with us
  • Participate in three days of work experience supported by preparation and reflection workshops
  • Take part in a five-day residential summer school
  • Have access to e-mentoring from a current undergraduate
  • Complete an academic assignment
  • Have the opportunity to attend a range of other events and activities with us

Eligibility criteria

You don’t need to meet all of this criteria. Applications from those who meet more criteria will be in a stronger position to secure a place.

Applicants must attend a state school/college within the following Local Authority areas:

1. Attend a state school/college within the following local authority areas 

  • East Riding of Yorkshire 
  • Kingston upon Hull  
  • North East Lincolnshire 
  • North Lincolnshire 
  • North Yorkshire 
  • York 


Applications from students attending a state school/college in the following areas will also be considered. Applicants are advised to be aware of additional travel commitments for events and placements which take place in the locality of Hull and York.

  • Darlington 
  • Stockton on Tees 
  • Middlesbrough 
  • Redcar and Cleveland 
  • Hartlepool 


2. We are looking for students who 

  • Have achieved 5 GCSES A*- C or 9-4 with at least 2 A*/A or 9-7 grades  
  • Have achieved Grade 6 or above in Maths and English  
  • Are studying Biology and Chemistry at A level

These are the standard academic requirements to study at Hull York Medical School and applications from students who have achieved these will be prioritised.

  • 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 
  • Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education as defined by home postcode.  
  • Have been looked after or in care 
  • Are a recognised young adult carer 
  • Are eligible for 16-19 bursary support

Extenuating circumstances

If you do not meet these criteria but have faced social, personal, or educational challenges which may have affected your performance in education, your application will be considered on an individual basis. If you currently have refugee status this will be considered.

You don’t need to meet all of the above criteria, but the more you meet, the more likely it is that you will be offered a place on the programme.

How to apply

Applications for the programme clsoed on 1 January 2020.


Contact us

01904 321762