Widening Access to Medicine (WAM) Programme

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 years 12-13, 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.

“It’s been really insightful being able to talk to the staff here and the people who’ve come in to lead the sessions, you get to learn more about the profession, you get to learn more about the application and different approaches to the application and you get to chat with other people in the same situation in the same year and learn from each other as well.“ – WAM Student, 2018-2020 Cohort

Programme Structure

Programme Structure

The WAM programme is a series of free events over two years, 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, due to Covid19 and social distancing and government guidelines, events may be held online. You will therefore need access to the internet, and a device to access this, either at home or at school/college.

The programme is provided below.

Day 1 – Insight into Medicine

Students will be introduced to the EHUMS courses and medicine as a career. This event will offer practical information and advice on applying to university, student finance and obtaining work experience. Students will be guided to start a portfolio of their journey applying to medicine, and have the opportunity to work with those who use healthcare services.

Day 2 – Working in Medicine

Students will gain an increased awareness of the local healthcare challenges and hear from doctors working in different areas of medicine. They will have a chance to learn about different medical careers, clinical skills and simulated learning facilities. Students will be supported to reflect on their own experience and to plan for future development.

Day 3 – Supporting your Application to Medicine

Students will take part in an application workshop and will be supported to prepare for UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). UCAT is used to assess different abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours. Students will access activities such as ethical debate, problem-solving and consider key issues to prepare for UCAT.

Day 4 – Preparing for Interview and Exams

Interviews for medical school are often very different from interviews for other undergraduate programmes. Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are a series of short stations which assess things such as communication skills, decision-making and ethical awareness. This session will prepare students for MMIs, and to start planning their revision.

Day 5 – Options, Clearing and Transition

Students will have the opportunity to prepare for results day, and the process of clearing. Advice on different healthcare career paths will be available to inform students about their options. Transition into University and advice from current students will provide guidance and support for future planning and preparation.

Programme dates 2019-2021

Day 1 – Introduction and Insight – Friday 13th December 2019
Day 2 – Working in Medicine – Friday 14th February 2020
Day 3 – Supporting Application to Medicine – Friday 1st May 2020
Day 4 – Preparing for Interview – Friday 27th November 2020
Day 5 – Options, Clearing and Transition – Friday 5th February 2021 (with further resources provided in August 2021 before results day)

Programme dates 2020-2022

Day 1 – Introduction and Insight – Friday 11th December 2020
Day 2 – Working in Medicine – Friday 12th February 2021
Day 3 – Supporting Application to Medicine – Friday 7th May 2021
Day 4 – Preparing for Interview – Friday 5th November 2021 or Friday 26th November 2021 (to be confirmed)
Day 5 – Options, Clearing and Transition – Friday 4th February 2022 (may be subject to change)

Who can apply?

Who can apply?

The WAM programme is a widening participation initiative for local Year 12 and 13 students. It supports application to both the Foundation Year for Medicine and the undergraduate medical programme (MBChB). The two year 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;
  • Live in an area with a postcode in quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 young participation index. You can check your postcode here: www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/search-by-postcode/.

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 ehuwam@edgehill.ac.uk.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 programme have now closed.

If you are interested in submitting a late application please first ensure that you meet the criteria identified on the ‘who can apply?’ tab, then email ehuwam@edgehill.ac.uk for more information.

If you have any queries, please contact our Course Enquiries Team on 01695 657000 or email ehuwam@edgehill.ac.uk.

Parents and Carers

We understand the importance of the support that is provided by parents and carers while your son or daughter is making decisions about their future. We want to make sure you have the right information to support your son or daughter on our WAM Programme.

What to expect:

  • The programme takes place on 5 days throughout the two year period. It is expected that your son or daughter will attend all 5 of these days. However, we appreciate that unexpected circumstances may occur which prevent attendance, in which instance your son or daughter should contact us to inform us of this.
  • All events take place on our Ormskirk campus, which can be accessed via nearby public transport links. Should your son or daughter require a car parking space for an event, they must notify us at least 6 weeks in advance as parking on campus is very limited. (Please note that due to Covid19, some events may be held online.)
  • Lunch is provided at each on campus event, unless otherwise stated.
  • Sessions are designed for Y12/13 students who are interested in studying medicine – there are no sessions designed for parents to attend.
  • All our events are arranged by Jayne and Esther (see the Meet Us tab). You or your son or daughter are welcome to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
  • The Widening Access to Medicine Programme does not guarantee your son or daughter entry to Edge Hill University. The programme is designed to provide young people with new experiences, information, guidance and support to help them apply to study Medicine at Edge Hill University or elsewhere.

Further information about supporting your son or daughter to prepare for university can be found in our Guide for Parents.

Teachers and Supporters

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 Schools 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 school 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 ehuwam@edgehill.ac.uk.

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

Meet us

Dr Jayne Garner
Medical School Senior Lecturer & Widening Access to Medicine Programme Leader
jayne.garner@edgehill.ac.uk
01695 657 071

Mrs Esther Clarke
Widening Access to Medicine (WAM) Co-ordinator
esther.clarke@edgehill.ac.uk
01695 657 456

Any general enquiries relating to the WAM Programme can be sent to our WAM email address: ehuwam@edgehill.ac.uk.

Work with us

If you work at a school, voluntary or community organization, or are currently a FHSCM student, and are interested in supporting applications to medicine, we would like to work with you! We would like as many people and organisations involved as possible in our programme.

If you would like to work with us to support this programme please contact us at ehuwam@edgehill.ac.uk, or contact Esther or Jayne directly.

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