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12th October 2020

We're super proud to have received a commendation at the Neon awards in 2019 for the Medical Aspirations programme. Read on to find out what students who take part get up to.

Applications for the 2021 are now open. Deadline is 5pm on Thursday 26 November.


What is Medical Aspirations?  

  • Three events including an introductory day on 17 February, followed by a ‘skills and communications’ day on 7 April and a two-hour online reflective event on 15 May 2021
  • Ongoing support with applying to study medicine including; a three day GP work experience placement in summer, a dedicated current UEA medical student e-mentor, sessions on the UCAT admissions test, mock interviews and writing a personal statement

*2021 activities are all subject to change due to Government and UEA guidelines.

  • A guaranteed interview to study medicine at UEA if students attend all 3 dates
  • The chance to receive a scholarship to study Medicine at UEA 
  • Access to speak with current UEA medical students

Download our brochure here: Medical Aspirations 2021 Brochure

How does it work? 
The Medical Aspirations Scheme is funded by an alumnus of UEA who wanted to help aspiring medics in the local area who are from backgrounds under-represented in the profession. 

Young people apply for a place on the scheme and are selected based on a variety of eligibility and short-listing criteria. Full details are in the application guide.

Am I Eligible?
Please see the 2021 criteria is below.

You must:

  • Live in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough or selected areas of Essex*
  • Be in year 12
  • Have the GCSE grades needed for one of the UEA medical courses. If you are planning on retaking GCSEs to achieve this level, you are still eligible to apply but need to outline this in your application. 

*You must attend one of the following sixth forms/colleges: The Sixth Form College Colchester, Havering Sixth Form College or SEEVIC College, OR you currently attend or attended (before sixth form/college) a school where 25% or more pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding/free school meals at any time during the past 6 years – see the full list.

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • No family experience of Higher Education (i.e. university degree, HND, HNC, teacher training in this country) 
  • Household income for the tax year 2019/2020 is less than £35,000
  • Have been in or currently in Local Authority care (not applicable for adopted students).

The scheme is to help aspiring medics from areas and schools where the number of applications is normally low. This means we may also consider your home postcode and school.

If you have any queries about the eligibility criteria, please get in touch – fmh.outreach@uea.ac.uk

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