The Keith Bradshaw Introduction to Healthcare programme is designed to increase students awareness about the various careers within the healthcare sector. Working with students in Years 8, 9 and 10 from non-selective state schools within the Solihull, Birmingham and Black Country area, the programme aims to educate young people about career opportunities within healthcare and the importance of achieving the right GCSE grades in order to pursue them.

The programmes inspiration derives from the medical schools successful Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. The Pathway to Healthcare programme is targeted at local sixth form students whose aim is to embark upon careers within healthcare and medicine. Throughout the delivery of this programme, an obvious gap emerged whereby students didn’t know just how important their GCSEs were when it came to choosing their future career options. 

The Keith Bradshaw Introduction to Healthcare Programme will endeavour to fill this gap in knowledge, delivering workshops and healthcare campus experience days which help students to start thinking about their future and the importance of having the right GCSE grades.

Information for Students
What will you gain from the programme
  • An understanding of what it is like to study at university
  • An understanding of what it is like to study a healthcare course
  • An understanding of careers within healthcare
  • Breaking down science, healthcare and medicine jargon
  • Take part in interactive workshops about careers in the NHS
  • An understanding of entry requirements
  • The impact of science on the world
  • Understanding a patients journey as well as the role professionals play in the journey of a patient
  • Pursuing a career in science, healthcare or medicine
  • The importance of your GCSEs
Who is eligible for the programme
  • Any student in attendance of a non-selective state school in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, that is partnered with the programme
  • Has an interest in science, medicine or healthcare
  • Priority is given to students from Widening Participation backgrounds
What the programme involves
 
Year 8 Year 9  Year 10 

"Science in Real Life"

Deliver an interactive workshop to a class to introduce HE and focus on explaining how science is used in real life.

Workshops will discuss

  • Why go to University?
  • Science courses at university
  • Research at university
  • Forensic and Medical Research Science

Duration: 1-2 hours
Number: 1 per school
Location: In school
Dates: Jan - May

"University, Careers and the NHS"

Interactive workshop designed to help students think about roles within the NHS, the entry requirements and the impact of GCSEs

  • Understanding the roles of a variety of healthcare professionals
  • Choices within university to get into healthcare
  • How to research careers for yourself

Duration: 1-2 hours
Number: 1 per school
Location: In school
Dates: Jan - May

Essay writing competition: Which job/career do you think is the most important in the NHS and why?

"GCSEs and a career in healthcare"

An interactive workshop introducing students to their academic tutoring programme and their Aston Mentors.

  • Discuss the importance of GCSEs 
  • Study Skills
  • Maths and Science academic tutoring twice a month
  • University student as a tutor and mentor
  • Revision techniques and creating a plan for your future

Duration: 1 hour, per student once a month
Number: up to 35 places
Location: In school
Dates: Jan - May

Campus Visit Campus Visit Summer School

Students get the chance to visit Aston University campus and learn more about student life. They also get the chance to see science in the real world. Activities would include:

  • Campus tour
  • Introduction to the lab
  • Lab based activity
  • University and science Quiz

Number: 1 per school
Location: On Campus
Dates: June

Students get the chance to visit the Aston University campus and learn more about a variety of Healthcare Professionals. Activities would include:

  • OUTBREAK a healthcare experience
  • Healthcare Professional Life Quiz
  • Meeting Student Ambassadors
  • Campus tour

Number: 1 per school
Location: On Campus
Dates: July

The real life student experience. Pupils will get the chance to attend interactive lectures, seminars and work with students across the region who also have an interest in healthcare. Activities would include:

  • Students take part in science/healthcare lectures
  • Interactive workshops and seminars ran by academic and professionals
  • Meet our current students
  • Students take part in social activities and build a variety of skills
  • Student graduate and receive a certificate for taking part in the programme

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Number: up to 50 places available
Dates: July

How to get involved
  • In order to take part in the programme, your school must sign your class up.
  • Get in contact with a teacher in your school (perhaps the careers advisor), and ask them to get involved with the programme by applying before the 4th of November deadline.
  • All eligible secondary schools have already been contacted about the programme.
Information for Teachers
Our brand new, innovative Introduction to Healthcare Programme has been designed to raise aspirations, expand knowledge, develop skills and give an insight into a career in healthcare and university life. We invite secondary schools to apply and submit students in years 8, 9 and 10 to take part in the workshops, on campus taster days and summer school residential. It is designed for students who have an interest in healthcare, science or medicine or for those who simply want to know more.

Students will take part in interactive sessions delivered by Aston university staff, Aston university students, healthcare professionals and academics. They will get an insight in Science in the real world, careers in the NHS and they will understand the importance of their GCSEs. Students who graduate from the Introduction to Healthcare will have access to our popular Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare in year 12.

Secondary schools in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country will apply to "partner" with Aston University. Upon partnership, the schools will have access to all the elements of the programme for their students; they will also receive extra support from the programme, e.g. coaches to Aston University for on campus taster days.

*Limited numbers and application process for schools applies.
Who is eligible for the programme?
  • Non-selective state schools in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country*
  • Years 8, 9 and 10 students

*Priority will be given to schools with a higher Widening Participation score (the scores are used in the decision making process by the university)

Selection Criteria and Data Collection for the Introduction to Healthcare

We select institutions to participate in the Introduction to Healthcare programme by targeting Secondary School education providers that are non-selective within the Solihull, Birmingham and Black Country area. Priority for partnership will be given to schools who meet our school/college postcode criteria based on government IMD data, have a high proportion of free schools meals and Special Educational Needs at their school/college and have below and way below average progress 8 scores according to government data.

Schools that meet the criteria above will be considered High priority for the purposes of partnering for this programme.

To measure the impact of this programme, we do require schools to seek consent from students and parents/guardians on behalf of the university in order for us to accurately evaluate the long-term impact of this programme. We will only use student specific data for the purposes of tracking progress levels and GCSE attainment of those who have successfully completed at least one year of the Keith Bradshaw Introduction to Healthcare Programme.

The university requires school to seek individual consent before collecting and storing any personal data.

What is included in the programme?

Schools must “partner” with the programme to receive access to any part of the programme.

Although it is necessary for a school to commit to all of the activities in one year of the programme, i.e. year 8 must take part in both the workshops and campus experience day.

Schools do not have to apply for every year of the programme; they could just apply for one individual year of the programme

 
Year 8 Year 9  Year 10 

"Science in Real Life"

Deliver an interactive workshop to a class to introduce HE and focus on explaining how science is used in real life.

Workshop will discuss:

  • Why go to University?
  • Science courses at university?
  • Research at university?
  • Forensic and Medical Research Science

Duration: 1-2 hours
Number: 1 per school
Location: In school
Dates: Jan - May

"University, Careers and the NHS"

Interactive workshop designed to help students think about roles within the NHS, the entry requirements and the impact of GCSEs

  • Understanding the roles of a variety of healthcare professionals
  • Choices within the University to get into healthcare
  • How to research careers for yourself

Duration: 1-2 hours
Number: 1 per school
Location: In school
Dates: Jan - May

Essay writing competition: Which job/career do you think is the most important in the NHS and why?

"GCSEs and a career in healthcare"

An interactive workshop introducing students to their academic tutoring programme and their Aston Mentors.

  • Discuss the importance of GCSEs
  • Study Skills
  • Maths and Science academic tutoring twice a month
  • University student as a tutor and mentor 
  • Revision techniques and creating a plan for your future

Duration: 1 hour, per student once a month
Number: up to 35 places
Location: In school
Dates: Jan - May 

Campus Visit Campus Visit  Summer School 

Students get the chance to visit Aston University campus and learn more about student life. They also get the chance to see science in the real world.

Activities would include:

  • Campus tour
  • Introduction to the lab
  • Lab based activity
  • University and science Quiz

Number: 1 per school
Location: On Campus
Dates: June

Students get the chance to visit the Aston University campus and learn more about a variety of Healthcare Professionals.

Activities would include: 

  • OUTBREAK a healthcare experience
  • Healthcare Professional Life Quiz
  • Meeting Student Ambassadors
  • Campus tour

Number: 1 per school
Location: On campus
Dates: July

The real life student experience. Pupils will get the chance to attend interactive lectures, seminars and work with students across the region who also have an interest in healthcare.

Activities would include:

  • Students take part in science/healthcare lectures
  • Interactive workshops and seminars ran by academics and professionals
  • Meet our students
  • Students take part in social activities and build a variety of skills
  • Students graduate and receive a certificate for taking part in the programme

Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Number: up to 50 places available
Dates: July 

What does it mean to be a partner

Schools that are successful in their application partner with the university will be the only schools who can access all aspects of the programme.

We recognise that a rigid programme is not something schools can always adhere to which is why as a partner school, you will be able to request your own dates for the in school workshops and be able to pick which dates you would like to bring your students onto campus. 

We also recognise that although schools would like to bring their students onto campus they might not have the resources to do so, which is why our partners will be eligible for free coaches, courtesy of the programme.

Partners will have a dedicated contact person at Aston University. They will also be able to choose dates and times suited to them between January and May for the in school workshops. All resources for the workshops will be completely funded by the programme.

Partner schools will also be featured on our webpages for the entirety of the year and will be given priority to continue with the programme for the next academic year. 

Who will deliver the programme

Aston University Pathway to Healthcare staff will organise and deliver the programme to schools.

Trained Pathway to Healthcare Mentors and Ambassadors will deliver the in school workshops

Pathway to Healthcare Mentors and Ambassadors are current Aston University students, studying a variety of courses.

Any mentors that will be interacting with students in a one on one capacity will be fully DBS checked and the information sent to schools. 

Apply

Partnership application requires schools to:

  • Complete the entire application form before the deadline of the 17th of November 2019
  • To select students they would like to take part in the programme, between 20-30 in year 8 and 9 and some students in year 10.
  • Please note you can just apply for one year of the programme i.e. just year 8 
Our Partner Schools

List of Partner schools, will be announced and published in December 2019.

Partner School Application Form

You must complete this application form by 23:59 on the 17th November 2019.

If you would like to know more about our selection criteria and data collection please click here.