Helping North East medicine applicants improve their application to medical school

This mentorship programme has entry requirements that are specific to where you live.

We also run a generic programme that is for students that live anywhere in the UK: National Mentorship Scheme.

This free scheme offers evidence-based support and 1:1 sessions with a mentor to all participants for a minimum of 2 years. This opportunity is for young people that meet all of the following:

  1. You are applying to medicine,
  2. You are in Year 12 when you begin the mentorship scheme,
  3. You currently live in the North East of England.

Places are limited to 25 students per year and we actively prioritise places for students that meet widening participation criteria.

Free mentorship to help improve your application to medical school:

    The National programme:

  • Mock interview practice
  • Personal statements
  • Work experience guidance
  • Networking opportunities
  • University-specific help

    This region-specific programme also offers:

  • Free and unlimited access to UCAT/BMAT training material
  • Free in-person, mock interview day (inc. travel and food)
  • Tours of Newcastle University and Sunderland University campuses
  • “Life as a doctor” workshop

Widening Participation Criteria

This scheme is completely free for students and schools. Priority is given to students that meet widening participation criteria defined by UK medical schools. This data is also utilised by our admissions calculator and we update this exhaustive list twice a year.

Medicine applicants that do not meet any of the criteria below are still welcome to apply for a place on the mentorship scheme. However, the number of available spaces can fluctuate with each year so there may be zero/limited places for non-widening participation students.

If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you are eligible for “widening participation” status:

  • I am a young carer
  • I am currently in, or have previously experienced, care from the local authority.
  • I have received/am receiving free school meals.
  • I am estranged from my family.
  • My parents/carers have no experience of Higher Education.
  • I am from an under-represented group (Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Communities, Refugees, Children of Military Family etc.)
  • I have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHC).
  • I am (or have been) in receipt of the 16 to 19 bursary.
  • I am (or have been) in receipt of a means-tested bursary.
  • I am eligible for the UCAT bursary.
  • My home post code is in a POLAR4 quintile 1/2 area or IMD quintile 1/2 area .
  • My GCSE or A-level school performs below the national average in terms of academic performance.

NB: Even if you do not meet any of the above criteria, you can still apply for the mentoring scheme.

Got a question about this mentorship scheme?

This mentorship scheme is offered by AIMS.Guide. We have tried to answer the frequently asked questions on the main mentorship page. If you’re ready to start, request an application form now. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to email us!

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Applications are currently open:

We will continue accepting applications until the deadline (Friday 1st October, 2021 at 23:59) or until all spaces are filled.

    To begin the application process, please provide your email address below and indicate if you believe that you are eligible for widening participation status. We will then be in touch via email with the appropriate application forms. Please be sure to check your junk/spam folder. All requests for application forms are responded to within 2 working days.

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