Medicine Summer School

Keele University School of Medicine will this year be hosting a fully-funded residential Summer School in partnership with Health Education England and the Medical Schools Council. This exciting event is for students from under-represented backgrounds, specifically targetting parts of the Midlands that are under-served by medical schools' outreach activity.

Currently open to students nominated by the Sutton Trust.

This is intended to be a high impact event that provides a real taste of University life and studying Medicine, including lectures, laboratory skills as well as providing social activities. Applicants must be in Year 11 and from a Widening Participation cohort, something that we will assess on application (eligibility criteria will apply).

Summer school eligibility document

Students will have the opportunity to stay on campus for the duration of the programme and take part in sessions delivered by psychiatrists, GPs and doctors specialising in emergency medicine. They will also have the chance to meet current medical students and take part in a range of medical school learning activities.

The event offers a pathway for students who already have an aspiration to pursue a career in medicine but also encourages students who are curious to consider taking part.

Why should students attend?

  • Sessions delivered by real-life doctors
  • Find out about medicine as a career
  • Experience what being at university is like
  • Free university accommodation for the duration of the event
  • Free catering provided for the duration of the event
  • Conveniently timed at the end of the school summer holidays
  • No minimum predicted grade requirement to attend
  • Make new friends with similar interests
  • CV experience

Spaces are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note: a teacher reference and parent consent will be required upon receipt of applications.

For any queries, please contact

You can download the code of conduct.

Academic entry criteria

For most students entering standard five-year medicine degree programmes, A-level grades in the range AAB-A*A*A are usually required. Most medical schools require two sciences at A-level, most commonly chemistry and biology but often chemistry or biology plus one other. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical endorsement. Many medical schools will also take GCSE grades into account, so a reasonable number of A or A* (7-9) passes may be required. There will also be a minimum requirement for GCSE maths, English (language, including speaking & listening) and sciences; this varies among medical schools but maths, English and science grades below B/6 may not be accepted.

However, an increasing number of medical schools now offer extended courses for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. These courses will accept students with lower A-level grades (typically BBB) or BTEC extended diploma (typically DDD), or a combination of other BTEC diplomas and A-levels. GCSE requirements for these courses will usually be lower: typically a minimum of five B/6s or C/5s, including maths, English (language, including speaking & listening) and combined science or separate sciences.

For details of current academic entry requirements, please see

The extended programmes for disadvantaged students are listed under "Medicine with a Gateway Year".