Imperial College London Widening participation

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Imperial College London Widening participation

Widening participation in higher education is a major component of government education policy in the United Kingdom and Europe. It consists of an attempt to increase not only the numbers of young people entering higher education, but also the proportion from under-represented groups (those from lower income families, people with disabilities and some ethnic minorities).

In this way it is hoped to redress the inequalities in participation between social classes. Widening participation is one of the strategic objectives of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The issue of widening participation became a political issue after the Laura Spence Affair which hit the headlines in 2000 and after the 2003 University of Bristol admissions row which concerned alleged biases in favour of the state sector.

HEFCE is pursuing this policy through a number of measures, including the payment of financial incentives to universities and by funding the Aimhigher programme.

Pathways to Medicine

Undergraduate medicine students on campus

This three-year programme is for highly motivated state-school students from low and middle-income homes who have the academic potential to achieve the grades for medical school.

It aims to provide them with subject-specific support and guidance as they take their first steps towards a medical career.

What does Pathways to Medicine involve?

Pathways to Medicine consists of activities that run throughout Years 11, 12 and 13 to help prospective students make strong and informed applications to study medicine at university.

Activities include:

  • informative talks by admissions tutors and medical students at Imperial
  • e-mentoring with current Imperial medical students
  • a summer school at the College during year 2 of the programme and personal statement advice

All Pathways to Medicine students are also guaranteed work experience in a healthcare setting.

Who can apply?

Registration is only open to students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are in Y11 at time of application
  • Attend a non-selective state school
  • Live and attend school within the M25 (and able to travel to South Kensington campus)
  • Are able to provide contact details for teacher who can provide references for applicants from your school

See our application information page to find out more about who we’re looking for.