Undergraduate medicine students on campus

A two-year widening participation programme for young people aged 16-18 interested in studying medicine.

Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Due to the challenges associated with the pandemic, we will continue to provide STEM support through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.

Enrolment for our programmes will continue as usual but there will be no face to face or on-campus visits until it is deemed safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we will continue to do the best we can to safely support all of our programme participants. Please contact the programme manager / Imperial visitor if you have any questions or concerns and check the website for updated information.

Pathways to Medicine supports highly motivated young people from state-funded schools and colleges who demonstrate a keen interest in pursuing a career in medicine. The programme recruits Year 12 students at the beginning of their A-level (or equivalent) courses and provides ongoing support into Year 13. Successful applicants participate in a range of activities designed to provide insights into the medical profession, support medical school applications and prepare for starting university  

What does Pathways to Medicine involve?

During your time on Pathways to Medicine you will participate in a number of events and activities throughout Year 12 and 13. Each aspect of the programme is designed to help you as an aspiring medic to make a strong and informed application to study medicine at university. During 2020-21, Pathways to Medicine will utilise a hybrid approach to programme delivery; providing a combination of online and, where possible, on-campus events and activities.

Activities include:

  • taster sessions in different areas of medicine
  • informative talks by admissions tutors, academics and practicing clinicians
  • opportunities to meet and interact with Imperial medical students (including eMentoring)
  • professional insight and university experience days

Who is the programme run by?

The programme is delivered by Imperial College London in partnership with the Sutton Trust and with support from Health Education England.

It is also supported by Vision – a student-run medical society which aims to widen participation in medicine. Medical students from the society provide ongoing mentoring support to you, as well as organising events that give you a realistic idea of what it is like to study medicine at university.

Prospective applicant information

Programme schedule – 2020/21 cohort

Please see a provisional outline of core events and activities for our 2020/21 cohort.

Year 12
 Welcome event  25 November 2020; 18:00 to 19:00
 Junior conference  A one-day event held on the weekend at the end of November/beginning of December – date tbc
 Workshop*  January 2021 – date tbc
 Taster Session  A weekday evening during term time in April 2021 - date tbc
 Taster Session  A weekday evening during term time in June 2021 - date tbc
 Workshop*  June 2021 – date tbc
 Non-residential summer school  July 2021 – date tbc
 Mastering the BMAT  Summer 2021 – date tbc

*You will be required to complete a small project following one of the workshop sessions. Project support, from fellow participants and current Imperial medical students, will be available through an eMentoring platform (Brightside). 

Year 13
 Senior conference  A one-day event held on the weekend in September 2021 – date tbc
 Taster Session  A weekday evening during term time in September 2021 - date tbc
 1:1 eMentoring  August - October 2021
 Celebration event  December 2021 – date tbc

We aim to provide you with insights into the medical profession through virtual and/or in-person work experience opportunities. These are likely to take place during the school holidays.
Optional eMentoring outside of the time periods outlined above will also be available. 

Am I eligible to apply?

Please read the Outreach programme eligibility 2020-2021.

In addition to meeting the Outreach eligibility criteria, students must also meet the following programme specific criteria:

  • Are in Year 12 at the time of application
  • Live and attend a school within one hour of Imperial’s South Kensington campus (you can check this via Google maps)
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school or college
  • Be studying Biology and Chemistry at A-level
  • Be willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates when face to face events can take place.

We recommend that you use our Eligibility Checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

Applications are made through Aspire (our online application system). Applicants must first create an account before completing an application.

Please note: We recommend applicants use a personal email address, as opposed to a school email address, when creating an Aspire account. Security settings used in some school email servers prevent applicants from receiving emails from Aspire.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide details for a parent/guardian and a teacher. Both your parent/guardian and your teacher will be contacted to provide a supporting reference and verify some of the information you provide.

We will ask for your GCSE results and the subjects you are currently studying. If you do not have predicted grades for your current subjects you can type NPG or N/A in the grade field.

Before you start your application on Aspire you will need to complete the Pre-application information.  

For more information please see our FAQs at the bottom of this page.

All information you provide on your application form will be stored by Imperial College London and shared with the Sutton Trust. To read about how The Sutton Trust will use your information please see their privacy policy

Application dates 2020-21
Applications openApplications closeTeacher and Parent/Guardian reference deadline
 21 August 2020  20 October 2020 at 23.59  10 November 2020 at 23.59

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications.

We aim to inform you of the outcome of your application on 13 November 2020. The welcome event will be held on 25 November 2020 and if your application is successful you  will be expected to attend.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the programme please contact the Pathways to Medicine Team.

Further Information

Eligibility criteria

Please check the Outreach programme eligibility 2020-21 (pdf) before submitting an application.

You can also use our Eligibility Checker to see if you are eligible to apply

How to apply

Please read the Application FAQs (pdf) carefully before applying.

Applications for 2020/21 are now closed. 

Find out more

If you have a query, please check the FAQs before contacting the team.