Pathways to Medicine
A two-year widening participation programme for young people aged 16-18 interested in studying medicine.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19, all our programmes and summer schools 2021 are currently running through our dedicated online platforms. Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of our staff, students and programme participants.
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At a glance
- For highly motivated young people from state-funded schools
- Applications will reopen for 2021/22 applications in August 2021
About Pathways to Medicine
This programme 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.
If you are a successful applicant, you will take part in activities that provide insight into the medical profession, support your medical school applications and prepare you for starting university.
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 that aims to widen participation in medicine. Medical students from the society provide ongoing mentoring support to you, as well as organising events show you what it is like to study medicine at university.
What to expect
During your time with Pathways to Medicine, you will participate in events and activities throughout year 12 and 13.
Every aspect of the programme is designed to help you make a strong and informed application to study medicine at university. Events are delivered online and, where possible, on-campus at Imperial.
Activities could 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
We recommend that you use our eligibility checker tool to see if you are eligible to apply.
We look forward to seeing applications from Year 12 students who have a passion for STEM subjects and interest in medicine.
To apply for the Pathways to Medicine programme, you must be:
- in Year 12 at the time of application;
- living and attending a school within one hour of Imperial’s South Kensington campus (you can check this via Google maps);
- attending (and have always attended) a state-funded, non fee-paying school or college;
- and willing to travel to Imperial College London for the scheduled programme dates when face-to-face events can take place.
To be considered for this programme, you must:
- be studying biology and chemistry at A-level;
- be interested in pursuing medicine at university;
- have achieved a minimum of eight GCSEs with at least five at grades 7-9, including maths and sciences;
- have achieved a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English Language;
- and be on track to achieve at least two A grades out of a minimum of three subjects at A-level (or equivalent).
This programme is funded by the Sutton Trust, which supports students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education. That includes if:
- You are eligible for free school meals
- Your family income is below £46,350 each year
- You have been in care or are a young carer
- You live independently (estranged), meaning you no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship
- Your parents do not have a university degree
- You are studying in a non-selective state school that has below average attainment
- Your school has a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
How to apply
Applications are now closed for the 2020/21 programme. We will reopen for 2021/22 applications in August 2021.
Applications are made through Aspire (our online application system). You must create an account with Aspire before you can fill out your application.
We recommend that you use a personal email address - rather than a school email address - when creating your account. Security settings used in some school email servers stop applicants from receiving Aspire emails.
Before you start your application, please read our pre-application information.
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide details for a parent or guardian and a teacher. Both your parent 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.
Programme schedule for 2020/21
Please see a provisional outline of core events and activities for our 2020/21 students. These activities may be subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Welcome event – 25 November 2020, 18:00 to 19:00
- Junior conference – A one-day event held on a weekend at the end of November/beginning of December
- Workshop* – January 2021
- 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).
- 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.