What is Preparing for Medicine?

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.  

Our programme 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.  


medical students wearing surgical gowns


Activities Include: 

  • Events 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 

You will take part in all of this and more during the rest of Year 12 (L3 Yr1) – end of Year 13 (L3 L2).



Please see the 2022-23 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 -  fmh.outreach@uea.ac.uk  

Download the eligibility criteria for 2022 

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.

If you have any questions please get in touch - fmh.outreach@uea.ac.uk

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 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.


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

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 programme and went on to secure a place at Norwich Medical School. Find out more details on the scholarships webpages.