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Mentoring Scheme

Target Medicine mentoring scheme

Mentoring Scheme Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme (TMMS) is a year-long programme for Year 12 students from underrepresented backgrounds with the potential and desire to go to medical school.

The mentoring scheme takes place over an entire calendar year, starting from January when students are in Year 12, through to December, when students are in Year 13 and ready to apply to medical school.  All mentoring sessions and events take place on Wednesday evenings at the UCL Bloomsbury campus.

What does the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme involve?

Successful applicants will be paired with a current UCL Medical Student who will act as their mentor for an entire calendar year.  The programme is made up of 7 mentoring sessions throughout the year that take place at UCL. Each mentoring session has a tailored lesson plan to provide you with practical support and information to help you become a competitive candidate for medical school.

Mentoring sessions include information and support on:

  • Preparing to apply to medical school
  • Choosing the right medical school for you
  • How to obtain work experience
  • Personal statements
  • Admissions interviews

Here is a list of all TMMS mentoring sessions scheduled for 2019 including dates and times:

  • Wednesday 9th January, 6.30-8pm – Mentor Session 1: Introductory session for mentees and parents/carers
  • Wednesday 23rd January, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 2
  • Wednesday 6th February, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 3
  • Wednesday 20th March, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 4
  • Wednesday 11th September, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 5
  • Wednesday 6th November, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 6
  • Wednesday 4th December, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 7

The Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme also comprises of eight events throughout the year that are designed to help students apply to medical school. TMMS Mentees will be expected to attend at least two of these events.

Here is a list of all TMMS events scheduled for 2019 including dates and times:

  • Wednesday 27th February, 4.30-8.30pm – Meet the Doctor Event
  • Wednesday 12th June, 5-7.30pm – All About UKCAT Event
  • Wednesday 19th June, 5-7.30pm – UKCAT Mock Exam Event
  • Wednesday 10th July, 5-7:30pm – Admissions and Student Finance Event
  • Wednesday7th August, 12.30-6.30pm (TBC) – All About BMAT Event & Mock Exam
  • Wednesday 28th August, 10.30am-5pm (TBC) – Drop-In day
  • Thursday 19th September, 5-7.30 (TBC) – Answering ethical questions
  • Wednesday 13th November, 2-4.30pm and/or 4.30-7pm – Mock Interviews
  • Wednesday 20th November, 2-4.30pm and/or 4.30-7pm – Mock Interviews

Application Criteria

To apply, you must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Be interested in pursuing Medicine at university;
  • Currently attend a state school;
  • Achieved GCSE grade B/score 6 or above in English and Maths;
  • Currently in Year 12 studying 3 A-levels* including Biology OR Chemistry (Note: *Students taking the IB or BTEC will have their applications considered on an individual basis in consultation with their teacher or careers adviser provided they also meet the other essential criteria.)

And some of the following shortlisting criteria:

  • Have attended a non-selective state school for GCSE
  • Attend a non-selective state school for college/sixthform
  • Attend a low performing school
  • Have parents or carers who have not been to university
  • Are currently eligible for free school meals
  • Have parents in occupations classed as NS-SEC 4-8
  • Live in neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education and high levels of deprivation (We use POLAR, IMD and Acorn data to assess this.)
  • Are a refugee, looked after child, young carer, or estranged from your family;
  • Identify as disabled
  • Belong to one of the following ethnic groups currently underrepresented in higher education:
    Black African
    Black Caribbean
    White British whose parents haven’t been to university or who meet the neighbourhood criteria
    Gypsy and Traveller communities

Applications will be assessed based on the essential criteria, shortlisting criteria, quality of application or enthusiasm for pursuing medicine and predicted grades.

Note: Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications from private school or international students

Application Process

Applications for 2019 have now closed.  For other widening participation opportunities at UCL, please visit UCL Access and Widening Participation

If you would like to be informed of upcoming medicine-specific programmes for year 12 students, please register your interest

If you are not eligible for our scheme but would like more information on applying for medical school, you may find the following websites useful:

For further information please email: targetmedicine@ucl.ac.uk