Widening Participation

Keele University School of Medicine is committed to selecting students from a wide range of backgrounds. Widening participation schemes are designed to increase the numbers of successful applications to medical school from students belonging to under-represented groups, e.g. those with a history of educational or economic disadvantage.

For students considering an application to Keele there are a number of initiatives designed to help them at different stages in their school life. Most of these initiatives are available through the student's school, particularly if the school is engaged with Keele University's outreach programmes.

Steps2Medicine is an opportunity for Year 11/12 students from the local area who are interested in applying to university to study Medicine. Steps2Medicine is funded entirely by Keele University and complimentary transport to and from the university, within a 20 mile radius of Keele, is also provided if needed.

Who is it for?

The scheme provides information, advice and helpful support to local students from under-represented backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in a career in Medicine through a series of visits and events.

Students must meet the relevant Widening Participation criteria in order to be eligible. These can include:

  • Attending a school with a higher than average percentage of pupil premium students
  • Entitlement to free school meals and/or 16–19 bursary
  • From a family in receipt of  mean-tested benefits (universal credit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support, housing benefit, council tax support, tax credits)
  • Attending a school situated in an area with a high index of multiple deprivation
  • Registered as a carer for someone in the family
  • Leaving local authority care in the past three years
  • Living in an area with a low progression to higher education

We are offering 35 places to students attending schools, colleges and sixth forms local to Keele University.

Applications are received from Year 11 onwards and the course runs throughout Year 12 with an additional interview support session early in Year 13. 

Students successfully completing the course will be prioritised for interview and may be eligible for a reduction in the standard A level offer.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • Identify from our local area students from under-represented backgrounds with the potential to succeed in medicine
  • To provide help and support to students with the application process
  • Prioritise for interview
  • Ensure prior to application that students understand medicine as a career and the demands of studying medicine at university

What will they learn?

As well as offering advice and support in their applications to medical schools, there will also be the opportunity to get invaluable work experience with GPs. The course is likely to include the following:

  • A session on the application process
  • A day attending the Keele Medicine Careers Day (free of charge)
  • A problem-based learning activity followed by a poster presentation
  • A day in General Practice with specific learning goals
  • An interview skills workshop

How to apply for Steps2Medicine

Please apply by filling in our online application form.

The UKWPMED scheme has been designed to facilitate entry to medicine for applicants from socially and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. it is open to secondary school students in Year 13 who have successfully completed a specific widening participation (WP) programme at a medical school participating in the scheme.

Download the UK WPMED scheme for more information

To provide delegates with an insight into medicine and valuable advice regarding the application, the School of Medicine runs a Medicine Careers Day entitled “So You Want To Be A Doctor?” in March for Years 10–12.

A number of medical students from the School of Medicine undertake aspiration-raising activities with pupils at local schools or at pre-arranged days at Keele.

This project aims to promote medicine in the local young community, raise aspirations and give prospective students the tools and support they need to apply to medicine.

To find out more, or arrange a visit, email medicine@keele.ac.uk

The School of Medicine also participates in:

  • the University open days each year
  • the University's Real Keele residential events each summer for Years 10, 11, and 12