What is the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme?

Our innovative Pathway to Healthcare Programme has been designed to expand the knowledge, develop the skills and give an insight into what university life is really like to those students with ambitions to study a medicine or healthcare related degree for university. Places on the Pathway to Healthcare are open to students entering Year 12 in September who have the potential to enter higher education, are considering a degree in Medicine or Life and Health Sciences and who would benefit from additional support throughout the university application process.

During the two year programme, which will be completed alongside studying for your A Levels,  students will be given the opportunity to take part in various activities such as healthcare subject taster days, work experience in various healthcare settings*, A Level revision boot camps and specialist interview preparation workshops to prepare you for applications to medicine and competitive healthcare courses.

Throughout your time on the programme you’ll be exposed to a range of leading experts from multiple subjects taught at Aston University including medicine, pharmacy, optometry, neuroscience, psychology, audiology and biosciences. You’ll also hear from practicing healthcare professionals such as GPs, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and surgeons, as well as meeting current Aston University students.

*Limited numbers and application process applies. 

Students will be expected to attend all Year 12 and 13 events (approx. 10 over the two years) to successfully graduate from the programme and qualify for a contextual offer at Aston University on our undergraduate Medicine and Life and Health Sciences degrees.