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Widening participation

Edge Hill University has a long-standing commitment to widening access to higher education, and the theme of opportunity for all is a key component of the institution’s vision.

Pre-application support programmes

We offer support to help local young people from across North West England to learn more about studying medicine, how to apply and how to manage the admissions process. We can also offer specific advice and support on practical issues like managing money, work and study skills.

This support and advice is offered as part of our WAM Programme, a series of five free events over two years, plus access to support and resources. It is aimed at Year 12 students with an interest in starting either the Foundation Year for Medicine or the undergraduate medical programme in two years’ time, and who are from diverse backgrounds.

We also hold Medicine Taster Days, which are opportunities for interested students to visit campus for a free event involving talks and interactive sessions using clinical skills equipment.

To learn more about pre-application support programmes across the University please see our Student Recruitment Widening Participation page.

Foundation year for Medicine

The MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year is an integrated 6-year programme where students complete a Foundation Year before progressing onto our MBChB Medicine degree.

The Foundation Year for Medicine is aimed at students from the North West of England who have the potential and aspiration to become doctors. It is for anyone who has studied the A levels needed to join our MBChB Medicine degree but who are facing additional barriers which may impact on their ability to meet the academic requirements for direct entry. Applicants must satisfy certain widening participation criteria to be eligible to apply.

Widening access to Medicine (WAM) programme

Two students at the Widening Access to Medicine event, practicing on a mannequin.

Edge Hill University Medical School (EHUMS) is committed to enabling fair access to our courses. Our Widening Access to Medicine (WAM) programme is a series of free events designed to support local students, from diverse backgrounds, who have the ability and personal attributes to be successful in their application for a place in Medical School. The WAM programme supports application to both the Foundation Year for Medicine and the undergraduate medical programme (MBChB) at Edge Hill University.

The WAM programme runs over year 12, and combines practical advice with workshops and talks by members of Edge Hill University staff, doctors and healthcare professionals. Students on the WAM programme will receive additional learning resources and alerts relating to current healthcare issues. It is expected that students will attend all events where possible.

The WAM programme is a series of three free events throughout year 12, designed to support application to the Medical School.

The varied programme combines practical advice with interactive workshops and talks by members of Edge Hill University staff and by doctors and healthcare professionals. All are full day events (from 9:30am to 3pm) which take place at Edge Hill University.

Please note that all sessions will be face to face unless this is not permitted by government guidance.

Day One

Students will be introduced to the EHUMS courses and medicine as a career. This event will offers practical information and advice on applying to university, student finance and obtaining work experience. Students will be given the opportunity to see EHU’s beautiful campus, and experience what teaching at the Medical School is like. Students will be guided to start a portfolio of their journey applying to medicine.

Day Two

Students will gain an increased awareness of the local healthcare challenges and hear from a doctor working in medicine. They will have a chance to learn about different medical careers and professional behaviours in medicine, and to engage in hands-on activities in our Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. Students will also attend a session on completing the Universities Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

Day Three

Interviews for Medical School are often very different from interviews for other undergraduate programmes. Students will learn about multiple mini interviews (MMIs) and will have the opportunity to experience mock MMIs and receive feedback to support preparation for real MMIs. Students will also engage in a focus group where they can provide their feedback about the WAM programme.

Support and follow up

Additional pre-recorded materials will be made available for students to access in their own time.

There will be an additional online Q&A offered in September prior to the UCAS application deadline.

Programme dates 2022

Day One

Friday 11 February 2022

Day Two

Friday 13 May 2022

Day Three

Friday 1 July 2022

The WAM programme is a widening participation initiative for local Year 12 students. It supports application to both the Foundation Year for Medicine and the undergraduate medical programme (MBChB). The programme is aimed at students commencing Year 12, with an interest in starting either the Foundation Year for Medicine or the undergraduate medical programme in two years time. (Please note that entry to the Foundation Year for Medicine is restricted to applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria).

To be eligible to apply for the WAM Programme, applicants will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently living in the Northwest of England – Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, or Cumbria.
  • Have achieved five GCSEs at Grade B or Grade 6 or above, including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics. (GCSE Double Science Awards, at Grades 6-6 or B-B or above, will also be accepted in lieu of separate GCSEs in Biology and Chemistry.)
  • Be studying at least three A levels (or equivalent*) including Biology and Chemistry.
  • Applicants must have sat their GCSEs at a non-selective school. (Students under local authority care are exempt from this criteria.)

*Please note that the A level equivalents accepted for this programme are as follows:

  • A level/BTEC Combination: A levels must be in Biology and Chemistry and the BTEC must be a single BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or National Award
  • International Baccalaureate: Must include Chemistry and Biology at higher level, one other subject at higher level, and three standard level subjects

Applicants will also need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Live in a low-income household with a combined income below £35,000
  • Have parents who did not go to university or who do not have a higher education qualification
  • Be, or have previously been, in local authority care
  • Be the sole carer of a parent or sibling
  • Have refugee status
  • Be a member of the travelling community
  • Be from a military family
  • Live in an area with a postcode in quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 young participation index
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Candidates’ applications who meet the above criteria will then be reviewed by a selection committee based on the content of their application.

If you would like to join a mailing list for updates regarding the WAM Programme please email [email protected].

Do I have to attend all the events that make up the programme?

Where will the events take place and how do I get there?

What does each event include?

What should I wear to the events?

Should I bring a parent/carer or teacher?

Will attending the programme mean I’m guaranteed an offer to study Medicine at EHU?

What is a school/college reference? What does it need to include?

I don’t meet the criteria for the WAM programme, is there anything else you offer that I could attend?

I’m a parent/carer and have questions about university, where can I get more information?

I work at a school, local community organisation, or am a current EHU Medicine student. How can I get involved?

We understand the importance of the support that is provided by teachers and supporters while young people are making decisions about their future. We want to work with you to provide the best support to the young people you work with.

The Medical School’s Council has published some resources for teachers and supporters, which can be found on their Journey to Medicine page.

As part of the application process, students are required to submit a reference from a teacher, ideally the head of year, Personal Tutor or other teacher in a similar role. This reference should be a short statement regarding overall suitability of the student, and should include the following:

  • What A levels the student is studying
  • General summary of their work ethic and attitude
  • Agreement to release the student from classes on the required days

We are happy to visit schools, colleges and community groups to provide talks or workshops about the WAM Programme and Edge Hill Medical School. If you would like further information about our WAM Programme, or would like us to visit your school or community group, please contact us on [email protected].

Further information about supporting your students and working with Edge Hill University can be found on our Support for Teachers and Career Advisers page.

WAM programme team

If you have any queries relating to the WAM Programme, please get in touch.

Get in touch

Widening access to medicine event. An Edge Hill medical representative talking to students at a desk.

We are currently developing our outreach provision and resources to support our work with local schools and colleges, as well as teachers, parents and carers.

Please get in touch if you have any enquiries about Widening Participation at Edge Hill University Medical School.