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 sixth form/college students who wish to pursue a career in medicine.

The Pathways to Medicine programme offers 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 in year 12 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 virtual launch event
  • Meet current undergraduate  students to find out about studying medicine
  • Work with doctors to discover more about what a career in medicine entails
  • Take part in a virtual workshops to help develop your  understanding about applying to medicine and develop your interpersonal skills
  • Have access to e-mentoring from a current undergraduate
  • Have the opportunity to attend a range of other virtual events and activities with us
  • Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic all sessions and activities will be delivered remotely. We will review this regularly and offer in person sessions as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Eligibility criteria

To apply you must:

1. Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee paying school/college. We will prioritise applications from students attending school/college in 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:

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

2. Be in year 12 at the start of the programme.

3. Be studying Science A level. Priority will be given to students studying both Biology and Chemistry)

In addition we are looking for students who:

  • Have achieved five GCSES  9-4 (A*-C) including Maths and English. 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
  • 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
  • Live in a neighbourhood which has a low rate of progression to higher education  or a high level of socio-economic depravation (as defined by home postcode). 
  • Have been looked after or in care

We will also consider applications from students who

  • Are a recognised young adult carer
  • Have refugee status
  • Have experienced exceptional circumstances that have adversely affected their education (evidenced through teacher reference).

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

Please apply on the Sutton Trust website.

Applications for the programme close on 1 January 2021.

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