Four Sixth Form students from Old Swinford Hospital have been chosen for a pathway programme into medicine. If successfully completed, they could be eligible for a subsidised place on the 2018 entry undergraduate degree course (MBChB) at Aston Medical School.
The Year 12 students: Nabihah Yasin from Brierley Hill, (who came to us from The Crestwood School); Nattaporn Weaver from Quarry Bank (Thorns Community College); Phoebe Malin from Brierley Hill (Redhill School); and Amy Waters from Stourbridge (Wordsley School) will attend a range of activities and events during Years 12 and 13, with the aim of preparing them to enter a medical school. The range of activities will include: medical taster days, work experience, UKCAT/UCAS support sessions, summer school and interview practice.
The programme has been designed to help students from across Birmingham and the Black Country from non-traditional backgrounds (eg those who will be first in their family to attend university) to undertake a degree in medicine.
Sir Doug Ellis, Entrepreneur and former Chairman of Aston Villa Football Club said “I am supporting the Pathway to Healthcare Programme because I want to ‘level the playing field’ for access into medical education. Those students from the local community with a passion and ability to study medicine should be fostered and supported – irrespective of their background – and this programme does just that. Aston Medical School is an exciting model for medical education that is a platform for mobility into medicine and will have a meaningful and lasting impact on Birmingham and the health of its population.”
“This is an amazing opportunity providing an insight into medicine and guidance towards my chosen career, said Phoebe Malin. “I’m very lucky to be a part of this programme and look forward to the next event.”
Nattaporn Weaver commented, “I am delighted to have been accepted on this programme as it is such a good opportunity. It should provide me with all the information and advice required to apply for medicine and what to expect of the course.”