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 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.

“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 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.

The programme is provided below.

Day 1

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 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 2

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 3

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 & 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 1 – Friday 11th February 2022
Day 2 – Friday 13th May 2022
Day 3 – Friday 1st July 2022

Who can apply?

Who can apply?

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. 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 [email protected].

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications for the WAM Programme 2021/2022 cohort are now closed!

If you have any queries please email [email protected].


Here you can find a list of questions the WAM team regularly get asked, along with the answers.

Do I have to attend all the events that make up the programme?
The programme includes three full day events. It is expected that you will attend all three of these days, however we appreciate that unexpected circumstances may occur which prevent attendance, in which instance you should contact us to inform us of this. To ensure your school/college can keep accurate attendance records we will notify them if you do not attend any of the events on the programme.

Where will the events take place? How do I get there?
All events take place on our Ormskirk campus, which can be accessed via nearby public transport links: for more information on travel to EHU please see our travel page. It may be possible to obtain a permit for you to park on campus for the day if you are not able to get to us any other way – simply contact our WAM email address to ask for one.

What does each event include?
Each event (running from 9:30am to 3pm) will include a mix of talks and interactive workshops focused on the different aspects of applying to study medicine, studying medicine, or working as a doctor. Some days will also include other elements, such as a campus tour, clinical skills activities or mock interviews. There will be breaks throughout the day, and lunch and arrival refreshments will be provided. (For more information about each day, take a look at the ‘programme structure’ tab.)

What should I wear to the events?
You should wear clothes that are smart-casual; we don’t require you to wear your school uniform or anything formal. You may want to take into consideration the kinds of activities involved in each day, such as a campus tour on the first day, and clinical skills activities (for example, learning CPR) on the second day, when planning what to wear.

Should I bring a parent/carer or teacher?
All the sessions are designed for Y12 students who are interested in studying medicine – there will be no sessions designed for parents to attend. We will also not provide catering or rooms for parents to access. However, if you need to bring a supporter with you (for example, to drive you to campus), they are welcome to use the seating/café facilities in the faculty building or in other buildings across campus.

Will attending the programme mean I’m guaranteed an offer to study Medicine at EHU?
The Widening Access to Medicine Programme does not guarantee you 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.

What is a school/college reference? What does it need to include?
A reference is a document or email from someone who knows you (in this case someone from your school or college) and supports your application to our programme. We ask for this in order to confirm that you meet the criteria for the programme, and that your school/college is aware of what the programme entails. The reference should be a short statement regarding your overall suitability, and should include the following:
– What A levels the student is studying
– A general summary of their work ethic and attitude
– Agreement to release the student from classes on the required days

I don’t meet the criteria for the WAM programme, is there anything else you offer that I could attend?
EHU Medical School is involved with other events in the local community and across the university. You may be interested in attending one of our subject taster days or University Open Days.

I’m a parent/carer and have questions about university, where can I get more information?
Further information about supporting your child to prepare for university can be found in our Guide for Parents.

I work at a school, local community organisation, or am a current EHU Medicine student. How can I get involved?
If you would like to get involved, whether that be by delivering a session at one of our events, helping us spread the word, or in another way, please contact us at [email protected]

What if I have another question that isn’t covered on here?
If you would like to ask us anything else about the WAM Programme you are very welcome to get in touch with us at our WAM email address: [email protected]

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 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 Advisors page.

If you would like to be added to our WAM mailing list, for updates about WAM and other areas of interest, please email [email protected].

Meet us

Mrs Esther Clarke
Programme Administrator - Outreach
[email protected]
01695 654 482

Any general enquiries relating to the WAM Programme can be sent to our WAM email address: [email protected].

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