In November 2016 we launched the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. Designed to prepare students to enter medical school and other healthcare professions at Aston or elsewhere, the programme is for students from across the Birmingham, Black Country (Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton) and Solihull regions; from non-traditional backgrounds (i.e. those who will be the first in their family to attend university, have been in receipt of free school meals etc.)
Students who complete this programme and meet our academic entry criteria will be eligible for a reduced academic offer on our undergraduate medicine degree (the MBChB).
Sir Doug Ellis, Entrepreneur and former Chairman of Aston Villa Football Club
They must also meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
Priority for places will be given to students who meet more than one set eligibility criteria and from schools that are located in areas with a highest Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). You can find out more about the measurements for IMD here and check your schools postcode here.
Please note students who enter the Pathway Programme are not guaranteed a place on our MBChB undergraduate medical degree. On successful completion of the Pathway Programme, students who wish to apply to Aston Medical School, who fulfill all our admissions and other criteria, will be invited to an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) towards final selection for a place at on the MBChB course at Aston. Successful applicants may be given a contextual offer of ABB (to still include Biology and Chemistry).
We cannot guarantee an interview to every student on the Pathway Programme as the final choice for MMIs will be based on students GCSE and predicted A level grades.
Applications for the 2018 (cohort 3) Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme are now open.
You will need to make sure to complete all sections of the application form and make sure that you can fully commit to the programme.
Please make sure that you school/college are happy to support you as well.
The information on this page is correct as of September 2018.
If you have any questions about the programme or our eligibility criteria please contact the WP team at Aston Medical: