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 to apply for one of our subsidised places 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 subsidised place on our MBChB undergraduate medical degree. On successful completion of the Pathway Programme, students who wish to apply to Aston Medical School, who fulfil all our admissions and other criteria, will be invited to an MMI (Medicine Multiple Mini Interview) towards final selection for a place at Aston. 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.
It's our aim to give students not only an insight into what it is like to work within the medical field but to also give them information, advice and guidance around how to successfully apply to medical school, what it is like to study medicine as a degree, increase their attainment and learn more about other healthcare professions.
This programme is made up of a range of activities and events which will run during years 12 and 13, with the aim of preparing students to enter a medical school and other healthcare pathways. The range of activities and events include:
The calendar of events shows the dates of these activities.
Applications for the 2017 (cohort 2) Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme are now closed. Applications for the 2018 cohort will open in September 2018.
The information on this page is correct as of June 2017.
If you have any questions about the programme or our eligibility criteria please contact Amanda Bishop, Aston Medical School Widening Participation and Admissions Manager:
In this short video, discover how the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare programme has benefitted from the Aston University Pioneers for Change project.