Pathways to Medicine

For students from backgrounds that are under-represented at universities; developed to give you essential advice, skills and support to apply to study medicine and professional healthcare courses.

Our Pathways to Medicine programme is designed for students who are from backgrounds that are under-represented at universities. The programme has been developed to provide advice, skills and support to strengthen your application for Medicine and related professional healthcare courses.

In order to take part in the programme you must:

  • Be studying for 3 A Levels including Chemistry and one other science subject
  • Be able to provide evidence of sustained academic achievement with a broad study of Science, Maths and English up to the age of 16
  • Live in the North West.

When selecting students to take part in the programme we will consider the following:

  • Whether you are the first person in your family to study at university
  • If your studies may have been interrupted previously
  • Whether you have experience of being in care, homelessness or you have been estranged from your parents/carers
  • How many young people from the area you live in progress onto university after school and college.

Programme at a Glance

As part of the programme you will be given a chance to take part in the following:

  • An information session for you and a guest to find out more about studying Medicine and how to apply. This will be a chance to meet academics, current students and members of the admissions team.
  • A medical degree taster session, where you will get the chance to use university teaching labs and take part in sessions run by our academics.
  • A workshop to help with practical skills needed for A Level Chemistry.
  • A workshop to help with practical skills needed for A Level Biology.
  • An application advice session with a member of our admissions and student recruitment team, to help you make your application stand out.
  • An interview tuition session with admissions team and academics, to prepare you for the challenging Medicine course interviews.

All of the above sessions will be based at UCLan Preston Campus. Food will be provided where appropriate.

Why Join the Programme?

Applying to study medicine and other related subjects is extremely competitive. By participating and completing our Pathways to Medicine programme you’ll strengthen your application as you will be better prepared for the application process and any future interview opportunities. We'll also help you to explore exciting alternatives to medicine.

Unique Pathways to Medicine Scholarships

As a student on our Pathways to Medicine programme you will also be eligible for two generous scholarships offered by UCLan’s School of Medicine, known as the Livesey Scholarships. The scholarships will cover all tuition fees (currently £9250 per annum) for the duration of the 5 year course.

To be eligible for these two scholarships you will need to:

  1. Complete the Pathways to Medicine Programme
  2. Apply for UCLan's Medicine (MBBS) programme
  3. Be successful at reaching interview stage for UCLan's Medicine (MBBS) programme.

The Livesey scholarships will be awarded to the two candidates with the highest interview score. Students must also have met all other criteria outlined by the School of Medicine. Please note that these scholarships are separate and distinct to other scholarships offered by the School.

How to Apply

In order to take part, you must:

  1. Be free to attend all of the sessions (initial list of dates and times are listed on the online application).

    a. Introduction to Medicine - welcome session
    b. Medical degree taster session
    c. Workshop for A Level Biology
    d. Workshop for A Level Chemistry
    e. Interview tuition session 

  2. Meet our selection criteria (see above)
  3. Have support from a school or college teacher to attend
  4. Have consent from your parent(s) and carer(s) to attend.

To apply, complete the online application form

The deadline to apply is by Friday 20 December 2019 (application will close at 23.59pm)

If you are successful, we will contact your school/college and parent(s)/carer(s) to confirm your application.

Why Choose to Study Medicine at UCLan?

  • Join an innovative, growing medical school
  • The Medicine (MBBS) programme is undergoing GMC quality assurance and a contingency plan is in place with The University of Liverpool and St George’s, University of London
  • Patient contact from Year 1
  • NHS placements in primary care and secondary care
  • Small, diverse study groups with like-minded students from across the globe
  • High-spec, ultramodern facilities with industry standard equipment.

For more information on the Pathways to Medicine, please contact our Access team on or 01772 201201.