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Widening Access to Medicine Taster Course and Virtual Work Experience

Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 April 2025

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A free of charge 3-day hybrid in person taster course with virtual work experience for Year 12 students.

This course will provide opportunities to meet professionals and learn about their roles. You will:

What the Widening Access to Medicine event includes

An in-person taster day at Highfield Campus, where you will practice clinical skills, experience interview days and in person workshops with medical students and staff.

Online workshops covering medical ethics, medical specialities, speed networking with doctors, UCAT and admissions, and activities with medical staff and students.

1 day of live virtual work experience with University Hospital Southampton experiencing outpatient clinics, live surgery and talks with a variety of clinicians and medical students.  

All online activities will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

Please see an example of an example course programme.

Who can attend?

This opportunity is for Year 12 students who want to study Medicine at university and intend to apply through a widening access programme, or contextual admissions route. To qualify for this event, you will need to be studying A Level Biology and one additional science, and meet at least two of the following eligibility criteria:

(1) The IMD score will be checked and verified by the Access Team.

How the programme is delivered

The programme is delivered in person and online. Day 1 is on campus at the University of Southampton, day 2, and 3 are virtual and delivered though Microsoft Teams.  
Accommodation is not provided, but food and drink are provided while on campus on day 1. Support is available to cover any travel costs. 

Hear what previous students have said

“It was an unforgettable event, and I am really thankful for this experience as a whole.” Valerie 

“I just wanted to genuinely thank you and your team personally for all the work that was put into this programme to help us. I have learnt so much about medicine and even myself from this programme. Everyone I came across was so kind and helpful and taught me that medicine, though a tough course is full of people who are enthusiastic about what they do.” Albisha 

“I really enjoyed every single aspect of this event. Thank you so much, I really appreciate and am very grateful for the help and insight you have given in terms of applying to medical school, how it feels to be a student, and then the different specialties and pathways that we could go down.”  Zoe 

 “I would just like to say thank you for everything you have done for all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed the work experience and the entire program, and I have truly fallen in love with Southampton University. I hope to apply soon. Thank you for the insight.”  Sanam 

How to apply

Register to be the first to know when applications open.

For more information, please contact

Applications open in the autumn term and close in spring term 1.  

Frequently asked questions

How many days are in person?
1 day will be hosted at Highfield Campus in Southampton. The other 2 days are delivered through Microsoft Teams.

Is there a charge for this event?
No, this event is free of charge and travel expenses can be claimed. We cannot cover accommodation costs.

I am not studying in Year 12 can I apply?
This event is for students studying for their first year of A Levels.

I am an international student, can I apply?
Unfortunately this event is for students living in the UK only.

I only meet 1 of the eligibility criteria, can I still apply?
Students need to meet a minimum of 2 eligibility criteria to be considered for a place.

I cannot attend all the dates can I still apply?
Students must confirm their availability for ALL dates to be considered for a place.

Does this event count towards guaranteed interview for Medicine at Southampton?
No, however if you are applying for a contextualised admission place, this course counts as an outreach activity (Criteria d. Participation in a recognised outreach or widening participation programme).

Will I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes all students who attend will receive a certificate at the end of the programme.


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