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 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 2021/22 are now closed.

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What does the WATCCH programme involve?

WATCCH students visit the clinical skills labThis year we are offering a blended WATCCH programme in 2021/2022 with a combination of online workshops and online 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.

Online workshops

The 2021/2022 programme:

  • Sat 17th July AM –  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)
  • Sat 4th September AM – post placement workshop and reflection 
  • Oct 2021 – Feb 2022 – a series of monthly online workshops on healthcare careers and admissions processes including personal statements and interviews, delivered online by healthcare students and professionals. Full details of these workshops and the links to attend will be update closer to the dates but topics may 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

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 online workshops.

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 Wednesday 30th June 2021.

 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 Wednesday 7th July 2021.

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