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

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

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 closed:

Applications for the mentorship scheme are currently closed. We will be opening entry for the next mentorship scheme intake around May of this year.

    To register your interest in the mentorship scheme, 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 to confirm your registration. Please be sure to check your junk/spam folder. Remember, applications do not open until May.

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