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 and MedPrep offer an opportunity for Year 11/12 students from the local area who are interested in applying to university to study Medicine. 


Both schemes are open to students who attended a non-selective maintained school for GCSEs and are attending a non-selective school / college for A-levels.
The non-selective school that students attended for GCSEs must also have an Attainment 8 score of 48 or below.
The schools that meet this criteria are as follows:
     - Biddulph High School
     - Blessed William Howard*
     - Blythe Bridge High School
     - Birches Head Academy
     - Buxton Community School*
     - Cheadle Academy
     - Chesterton Community Sports College
     - Clayton Hall Academy
     - Co-op Academy (SoT)
     - Discovery Academy
     - Excel Academy
     - The Grove School*
     - Haywood Academy
     - Kidsgrove Secondary School
     - King Edward VI High School*
     - The King's CE School (Kidsgrove)
     - Leek High School
     - Macclesfield Academy*
     - Madeley School
     - Malbank School*
     - Middlewich High School*
     - Newcastle Academy
     - The Oaks Academy 
     - Ormiston Horizon
     - Ormiston Meridian
     - Ruskin Community High School
     - St John Fisher
     - St Margaret Ward
     - St Peter's Academy
     - St Thomas More (Longton)
     - Shavington Academy
     - Sir Graham Balfour
     - Sir Thomas Boughey
     - Sir William Stanier
     - Stafford Manor High School*
     - Thistley Hough
     - Winsford Academy*
     - Wolstanton High School
(*Schools marked with the asterix are not within the required 15 mile radius of Keele University. However, if you attended one of these schools for your GCSEs and are now at a non-selective College / School within 15 miles of Keele then you are eligible to apply).
STEPS2Medicine applicants will also need to meet one of the criteria below and provide one piece of evidence to support your application:
     - Free School Meals
     - 16 to 19 Bursary
     - Parent or guardian you live with are in receipt of either Income Support OR Job Seeker's Allowance OR Employment and Support Allowance
     - Parent or guardian you live with are in receipt of Universal Credit
     - Parent or guardian you live with are in receipt of Working or Child Tax Credit
     - Parent or guardian you live with are in receipt of EU State Benefit
     - If you or a parent / guardian you live with are in receipt of Asylum Support
Academic Requirements
Minimum GCSE requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 6/B, including double/triple-award Science or three separate Sciences; minimum of 5/C in Maths and English Language.
Minimum GCSE requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 7/A, including English Language, Maths and all Sciences at grade 6/B
Selection for Interview
Students completing STEPS2Medicine and meeting the required access criteria will automatically be selected for interview for the appropriate route.
Students completing MedPrep are NOT automatically selected for interview.
We have designed a scheme to facilitate entry to medicine for applicants from socially and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The UKWPMED scheme is open to students who have successfully completed a specific widening participation (WP) programme (in this case STEPS2Medicine) at a medical school participating in the scheme.
If you are eligible and apply to study medicine at any participating medical school, you will receive the same consideration in the selection process as offered to graduates of the named WP programme delivered by that medical school. Participating Medical Schools are as follows; Birmingham Medical School, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Hull York Medical School, Keele School of Medicine, Manchester Medical School, Peninsula Medical School.
For more information on this please see the following document: https://www.keele.ac.uk/media/k-web/k-schools/medicine/documents/UK-WPMED-scheme.pdf
Students completing MedPrep are NOT eligible for UKWPMed.

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
Please note that this is an indicative programme and due to the likelihood of sessions being remote learning under the current circumstances, some of these activities may not be available
How to apply for Steps2Medicine/MedPrep

Please apply by filling in our online application.

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