WATCCH mentor workshop 2019

Contact us

Contact the team at Imperial College London: watcch@imperial.ac.uk

What is WATCCH?

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

We provide work experience and 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 a healthcare student.

Applications for WATCCH 2022/23 have now closed.

Accordion - WATCCH

What does the WATCCH programme involve?

WATCCH students visit the clinical skills labThis year we are offering a blended WATCCH programme in 2022/2023 with a combination of in-person workshops and student mentoring as well as a face to face GP work experience placement in a London practice

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


The 2022/2023 programme:

  • Wed 27th July  – Welcome workshop, introductory session and pre-work experience information
  • August – work experience for 3 days in a GP practice (student and work experience placement availability will be matched as far as possible)
  • Wed 31st August – post placement workshop
  • Sept – Feb 2023 – a series of workshops on healthcare careers and admissions processes including personal statements and mock interviews, delivered by healthcare students and professionals

Student mentoring

WATCCH student mentors 2019/20Each 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 workshops.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to students who are:

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

 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 Wednesday 11 May 2022.

 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. We hope to let you know the outcome of your application by Wednesday 1 June 2022.

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.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at watcch@imperial.ac.uk

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