With places on medical courses being both limited in number and highly sought after the competition to secure places is very high.
Traditionally, studying medicine has been seen as an elite profession with multiple barriers to entry such as high grades, additional examinations, work experience requirements and several years of funding. A 2011 government report ‘Opening Doors and Breaking Barriers’ found that just 20% of schools in the UK provide 80% of all medical school applications.
These statistics have encouraged an ongoing effort from medical schools across the UK, The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Health Education England to address this imbalance. One outcome of this effort has been the 1500 new training places in UK medical schools that was announced in 2017. These places been allocated to medical schools, such as Aston, within areas with a relative shortage of doctors overall (or in certain specialties), and importantly to widen the social profile of new medical students.
In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer 40% of our UK/EU places each year to students who meet specified widening participation criteria; preference will be given to our local students including those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme (see below).