All JCC applicants accepted on Aston Medical School Pathway to Healthcare Programme

Aspiring doctors and healthcare professionals at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College have boosted their career prospects with the College’s brand new partnership with Aston University Medical School; The Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme.

All twelve of our students who applied to the programme were accepted and they attended the programme’s launch event earlier this month.

The programme was launched in November 2016 and is designed to prepare students to enter medical school and other healthcare professions at Aston or elsewhere, the programme is for students from across the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull regions.

Students who complete this programme and meet the Medical School’s academic entry criteria will be eligible to apply for one of our subsidised places on the 2018 entry undergraduate medicine degree.

The Programme itself offers students the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, master classes and mentorships, including:

  • The opportunity to undertake a work placement in a local GP practice or hospital, for a period of two weeks
  • Shadowing opportunities with current students from the School of Life and Health Sciences
  • UKCAT and UCAS application support session support
  • A series of workshops delivered by academics designed to enrich students’ current studies and discover more about studying a subject outside of medicine, such as audiology, optometry and pharmacy
  • Advice on obtaining work experience in healthcare professions
  • E-mentoring provided by an Honorary Clinical Fellow scheme linked to the Medical School
  • Easter revision classes on campus in Year 13
  • Participation in a summer essay project
  • Participation in a summer academic enrichment programme, which allows students to embark on a specific medical learning experience. Students will receive lectures from academics, be involved in interactive workshops, run experiments and have access to independent learning spaces to complete a piece of research around an ethical topic.

Tony Day, Deputy Principal at Joseph Chamberlain College commented: “We are delighted to be the sole college-partner for this new programme with Aston Medical School. The experiences our students will gain shall offer them a fantastic insight into the working-world of healthcare and present great opportunities for them both academically and in their career prospects. We are extremely pleased to be able to offer them this exceptional opportunity.”

Prospective students for September 2017 entry who are interested in the programme should enquire at enrolment.  Further details of the programme can be found on the Aston University website ( http://www.aston.ac.uk/aston-medical-school/pathwaytohealthcare/ ).

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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