WAM participants 2020-2022

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

WAM day 4

WAM day 5

A medical student showing students how to take blood pressure readings at the widening participation event

Feedback

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.

Work experience

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.

You can search for local volunteering opportunities at Do-it and CharityJob.


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.

Resources

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.