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What is WATCCH?

WATCCH is a widening participation initiative aimed at motivated Year 12 students from state schools who are interested in a career in healthcare.

We provide a programme of workshops on a range of healthcare careers and admissions help, including tips on personal statements and interviews. All students also receive mentoring from an Imperial College student.

Accordion - WATCCH

What does the WATCCH programme involve?

WATCCH students visit the clinical skills labIn light of the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering a modified WATCCH programme in 2020/2021 with a series of online workshops and online student mentoring, instead of in person events.

Our first priority is the well-being of students and staff. As this is a constantly changing period, we will be flexible in adapting the programme throughout. We are currently unable to offer primary care work experience, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Should you be offered a place on the WATCCH programme, participation is free of charge.

Online workshops

The planned 2020/2021 programme starts with an online welcome workshop on Wednesday 12th August 2020, where you will learn about the NHS and different healthcare careers and meet your student mentors.

Between August 2020 and February 2021 there will be a series of monthly online workshops, each exploring different aspects of healthcare careers, the application process and university or college life.

Topics will include:

  • Talks with a variety of healthcare professionals
  • How to select your chosen career and higher education institution
  • Writing personal statements
  • University interviews
  • Admissions tests
  • Finances for college or university
  • Study skills for higher education

Successful applicants will be expected to attend at least 50% of these workshops.

Student mentoring

Each successful WATCCH applicant will have an Imperial College student mentor who will be able to provide advice on healthcare careers and admissions processes. Mentoring will take place via the Brightside Online Mentoring Platform and the WATCCH online workshops.

WATCCH student mentoring day 2019

Who can apply?

Applications are open to students who are:

  • Currently in Year 12, and
  • Attending a non-selective state school

 You will also need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • You currently receive free school meals/a means-tested bursary or you have in the past
  • Neither of your parents have a university degree
  • You are currently, or you have previously been, in care
  • You are a carer with significant and sustained caring responsibilities
  • You or one of your parents is an asylum seeker/refugee

 If you are not eligible to apply for the WATCCH programme but would like more information on healthcare careers and the relevant higher education application processes, you may find the ‘Additional resources’ section below helpful.

How do I apply?

You must complete the online application form by 5pm Friday 26th June 2020.

 You will need to provide details of your parent/guardian, and also a referee who is not a family member who is able to verify the information you have provided if asked. This referee could be a teacher or community member who knows you well.

 Before filling out the application form, please read the eligibility criteria in the ‘Who can apply?’ section above.

 The programme is competitive and unfortunately, we are only able to offer a limited number of places each year. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Monday 6th July 2020.

Who is the WATCCH programme run by?

The WATCCH programme is run by the Primary Care Undergraduate Education Team, based in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London.

It is also supported by Vision – a student-run medical society in Imperial College Union, which aims to widen participation in healthcare.

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