Pathways to medicine

About the programme

Pathways to Medicine is a widening participation programme run in conjunction with 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.

Without Pathways, I would never be where I am now. The programme allowed me to stand out from the crowd at interview, given me opportunities to develop as a person and strive to reach my dream of becoming a doctor.

Emily Stonham Wilberforce College, Hull York Medical School first year student


What activities do students take part in? 

As part of Pathways to Medicine, students will:

  • Attend a launch event with us
  • Participate in three days of work experience supported by preparation and reflection workshops
  • Take part in a four-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

Applicants must:

  • 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
  • Meet all the following:
    • 8 GCSES A*-C / 4-9 with 5 GCSEs at grades A*-B /6-9 and English Language and Maths at Grade B/6
    • Be a Home/EU registered student
    • Be studying in year 12 for the first time
  • Meet at least two of the following:
    • Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad
    • Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education. This is defined by home postcode
    • Be in receipt of, or entitled to discretionary payments e.g. 16-19 bursary, at school/college
    • Be in receipt of, or entitled to free school meals now or during high school
    • Are a recognised young adult carer
    • Are living independently due to experience of a family breakdown or ‘estrangement’ OR
    • If you have lived, or be living in local authority care you do not need to meet two of the above

Extenuating circumstances

If students do not meet two additional criteria but have faced challenges, social, personal, or educational, which may have affected their performance in education, their applications may still be considered on an individual basis.

Preference will be given to students who are studying Biology and Chemistry at A level.