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.

In accordance with the Medical Schools Council Selecting for Excellence Report, Edge Hill University Medical School is committed to enabling fair access to our courses. The Medical School runs several Widening Participation activities (detailed below) with the aim of supporting students from diverse backgrounds to apply for and study medicine.


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.



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.

For enquiries about Widening Participation at Edge Hill University Medical School please contact the course enquiries team on 01695 657 000 or at [email protected].


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