Applying to study medicine can be daunting, especially without any experience of university in the family to draw upon.

Preparing for Medicine supports 40 Year 12 students on their path to studying medicine through participation in a range of free activities. 

We're proud to have received a commendation at the Neon awards in 2019 for the Preparing for Medicine (previously Medical Aspirations) programme. Read on to find out what students who take part get up to.

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Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.

What is Preparing for Medicine?  

  • Events including including a three day, two night residential event (14-16 February 2022) and admissions support (March 2022).

  • Ongoing support* with applying to study medicine including; a three day GP work experience placement in summer, a dedicated current UEA medical student e-mentor, sessions on the UCAT admissions test, mock interviews and writing a personal statement

  • A guaranteed interview to study medicine at UEA if students attend all 3 dates

  • The chance to receive a scholarship to study Medicine at UEA 

  • Access to speak with current UEA medical students

*2022 activities are all subject to change due to government and UEA guidelines.

How does it work? 

The Preparing for Medicine (previously Medical Aspirations) Scheme is funded by an alumnus of UEA who wanted to help aspiring medics in the local area who are from backgrounds under-represented in the profession. 

Young people apply for a place on the scheme and are selected based on a variety of eligibility and short-listing criteria. See 'Am I Eligible?' below for details.

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.


Am I eligible?


Please see the 2022 criteria is below.

You must:

  • Live in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough or Essex
  • Be in Year 12 or Level 3 Year 1
  • Have the GCSE grades needed for one of the UEA medical courses. If you are planning on retaking GCSEs to achieve this level, you are still eligible to apply but need to outline this in your application. 

If students are likely to meet entry requirements for Medicine with Gateway Year at UEA only, the school where you sat your GCSEs must have an Attainment 8 score of 50 or less for 2019 (not published for 2020 or 2021). This information is published on the Governments’ Schools Information website.

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

To help us to plan for and allocate places on the programme, we also asked applicants to rate their confidence in skills in four areas. There are no right/wrong answers. 

If you have any queries about the eligibility criteria, please get in touch - 

Download the eligibility criteria here for 2022

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.

How do I apply?


Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.  Applicants will hear the outcome of their application by 17 December 2021.

If you have any questions please get in touch - 

What do previous attendees think?


Cameron, 2011 attendee, UEA Norwich Medical School Graduate 2018

How did you hear about Preparing for Medicine (previously Medical Aspirations)?

I heard about the Medical Aspirations (Preparing for Medicine) scheme during sixth form, and was very excited by the idea. As somebody who’s never had any family attend university, I was very unsure about the process of applying, but Medical Aspirations (Preparing for Medicine) made things really clear and simple. It made getting into medical school feel like a possibility. 

What are you doing now?

I have just graduated, and managed to get my first-choice job in the UK, working as a foundation year 1 doctor in Edinburgh. I can look back at the Medical Aspirations (Preparing for Medicine) scheme as the first step in this journey to getting my dream job - without the scheme I would have struggled to have the confidence and knowledge to apply and get into medical school. 

What happens at the events?


If you are part of the Preparing for Medicine scheme, you’ll get the chance to visit UEA in February 2022 get a real feel for what it is like to study medicine.

You will have the opportunity to*:

  • Meet current medical students including junior doctors, consultants and academics who teach at our Medical School
  • Take on the role of a doctor by working in groups on a Problem Based Learning scenario
  • Get hands on in practical sessions.
  • Receive advice on making your UCAS application stand out from the crowd.
  • Enjoy getting to know like-minded students.
  • Explore our university

*All activities are subject to change due to the Government and UEA’s COVID-19 guidance.

There is no cost to attend and we will even arrange and pay for your transport to and from UEA. If your application for the Preparing for Medicine scheme is successful, you will automatically receive a place on the events and follow-up activities, and we will be in touch with more details.

You can take a look at our Sample Programme for our 2022 residential. Please note that the programme is provisional and subject to change and dependent upon government/UEA Covid-19 restrictions at the time.

Residential Programme 2022

How do I find out more about medicine at UEA?


The Norwich Medical School at UEA has an established reputation for exciting and innovative approaches to education, supported by a strong and rapidly developing research programme. You can read about education, research and innovation and engagement on the Norwich Medical School webpages

Is there a scholarship to help with my studies afterwards?


We're proud to offer Preparing for Medicine Scholarships to a select number programme participants, as an extension to the Preparing for Medicine programme. The scholarship is for students who attended the the programme and went on to secure a place at Norwich Medical School. Find out more details on the scholarships webpages.