Here you can find further information and resources specifically for participants of our WAM programme in the 2020-22 cohort. This will be available to you until the September after your A level results day (i.e. September 2022).
This information is for the sole use of participants of our WAM programme in the 2020-22 cohort and should not be shared outside the group.
WAM day 1
- Introduction (slides only)
- Medical Courses At Edge Hill (you may need to download this to hear the audio)
- Life in the medical profession (you may need to download this to hear the audio)
- Application overview (you may need to download this to hear the audio)
- Student loans & finance (slides only)
- Volunteering & work experience (you may need to download this to hear the audio)
- Medical Careers (the audio problem should be resolved, but you may need to download the presentation to hear the audio)
- Evaluation Survey
WAM day 2
- Introduction (slides only)
- The Highs and Lows of Medicine (slides only)
- Healthcare challenges & the NHS (slides only)
- Professional behaviour
- Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre:
- Speciality resources:
- Specialty choices (slides only)
- Evaluation Survey
WAM day 3
- Introduction & Self Care (slides only)
- Introduction & Self Care (recorded session)
- Student advice for applying (recorded session)
- Preparing for UCAT (recorded session)
- UCAT’s Official Guide for 2021
- Explaining PBL, CBL and TBL
- UCAS and your Personal Statement
- Ethics in Medicine
- What kind of a learner are you? (online resource)
- Planning your Summer (recorded session)
WAM day 4
WAM day 5
- Planning your healthcare career
- Preparing for exams: strategies for success (pre-recorded session)
- Student advice for exams and clearing
- Preparing for transition into university (pre-recorded session)
(please note that Jayne is mentioned as the WAM lead in this video: the WAM lead is now Craig.)
- WAM Evaluation Focus Group questions
At each WAM day we collect feedback from the participants to help us learn what you thought of the day and how we can improve.
Most medical schools expect candidates to show an understanding of what a career in medicine involves and a desire to help other people. A good way to do this is through work experience.
Work experience may be a paid job or a voluntary role. Work experience may involve shadowing a doctor or other medical professional, but it can also involve volunteering in other healthcare settings such as a children’s centre or residential care home. Work experience can involve volunteering in community settings such as libraries or community centres, whilst paid work may include jobs such as babysitting or working in a shop. Medical schools recognise the value in all these types of work and how they broaden a candidate’s experience and develop their skills. Edge Hill University Medical School does not require work experience in a medical setting, but other medical schools may require this, so it is recommended that you check the individual requirements for each course you have an interest in.
How much time candidates spend gaining work experience will depend on the needs and prior commitments of an individual. When considering how much time to spend on work experience it is worth considering the following:
- Time to rest and see friends or family
- Time to pursue other hobbies (bear in mind that these hobbies may still develop important skills medical schools are looking for)
- Getting enough sleep each night
- Time required for studying – think about upcoming deadlines, exams, and how many subjects are being studied
- Type of volunteering – there’s are numerous opportunities to volunteer at one-off events, but some roles may require more time each week
Candidates who have work experience, paid or voluntary, will be able to talk about it in their personal statement and their interview. Candidates can use their work experience to help them answer questions and demonstrate that they have certain skills.
To enquire about work experience, prepare a short CV – attached to this page are a CV template and guidance for any candidates who need extra support. Then compose a covering letter – a template covering letter and guidance are also attached to this page – and send this to organisations where you would like to volunteer. Alternatively, organisations may have an online form available through their website for potential volunteers to complete. You can find additional information and guidance on CVs and cover letters on the Prospects website.
When considering applying for a volunteer role through these sites, it is recommended that you go to the organisation website to check that the role is still available, and that the organisation provides appropriate training and/or insurance.
You can also find information and advice on work experience on the British Medical Association website and the Medical Schools Council website.
Other useful activities might include following news about the NHS, reading medical journals and talking with healthcare professionals about their jobs.
Please note that the above information was put together before Covid19. In response to the difficulties and restrictions that have arisen from Covid19, the Volunteering Team at Edge Hill have put together a Volunteer from home resource to support you in finding out how you might be able to volunteer in the current environment.
The following online resources will provide you with lots of information about medicine as a course, profession and career. You will not be expected to know everything contained in these resources if you apply to study medicine, but some basic knowledge may be helpful. However, it is always best to check the individual requirements for each course you have an interest in.
- Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
- British Medical Association
- Edge Hill University Medical School
- General Medical Council
- Medical Schools Council
- MyersBriggs personality types
- National Careers Service
- NHS, Health Education England, Health Careers
- NHS Health Careers
- Speciality Spotlight
- The Kings Fund
- The Medic Portal
- UCAS – Undergraduate
- Widening Participation Medics Network