What is the Pathway to Healthcare Programme?

Our innovative Pathway to Healthcare Programme has been designed to expand knowledge, develop skills and give an insight into what university life is really like to those students with ambitions to study a medicine or a healthcare related degree for university.

During the eighteen-month programme, which students will complete alongside studying for their A Levels, successful applicants will be given the opportunity to take part in various enrichment activities. This includes healthcare subject taster days, work experience in various healthcare settings* and A Level revision boot camps. In addition, science academic tutoring and specialist interview preparation workshops help to prepare students for their applications to medicine and competitive healthcare courses.

During their time on the programme, students will be exposed to a range of leading experts from healthcare subjects taught at Aston University including medicine, pharmacy, optometry, psychology, audiology and biosciences. Students will also hear from practicing healthcare professionals from across the region such as GPs, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and optometrists, as well as meeting current Aston University healthcare students.

Learners will be expected to attend all compulsory Year 12 events to successfully progress onto the second year of the programme in Year 13 and be eligible for a contextual offer if the apply to Aston University on our undergraduate medicine and life and health sciences degrees.

*Limited numbers and application process applies.

Key dates

Year 12 calendar of events
OctoberStudent and Parent Launch event (half term)Aston University
NovemberAcademic TutoringOnline
DecemberMedicine Taster Day & Academic TutoringAston University & Online
JanuaryAcademic TutoringOnline
FebruaryAcademic TutoringOnline
MarchNHS and Allied Professionals Day & Academic TutoringAston University & Online
AprilA Level Revision Boot Camp (Easter) & Academic TutoringAston University & Online
MayUCAS Application DayOnline
JuneWork Experience Preparation DayOnline
JulyWork Experience*, Summer School Parents Evening & Summer School ResidentialVarious healthcare settings and Aston University

*Limited numbers and application process applies

Year 13 calendar of events
OctoberMMI & Interview Preparation Day (half term)Aston University
NovemberAcademic TutoringOnline
DecemberAcademic TutoringOnline
JanuaryAcademic TutoringOnline
FebruaryA Level Revision Boot Camp (half term) & Academic TutoringAston University & Online
MarchAcademic TutoringOnline
AprilAcademic TutoringOnline
JuneGraduation event for students and parentsAston University
AugustA Level Results Day SupportVia the telephone