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Mentoring Scheme

Target Medicine mentoring scheme

Applications for the 2020 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme are now closed.  Details of the 2021 programme will be published on this webpage in September 2020.

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 seven face to face mentoring sessions that take place at UCL, regular contact with your mentor using the Brightside online mentoring platform, and a series of additional information, advice and guidance events.

Face to face mentoring

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

Online mentoring (Brightside)

Mentors and mentees will be able to communicate regularly using the Brightside online mentoring platform.

Target Medicine events

In addition to mentoring, the Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme offers participants additional 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

Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme – 2020 cohort

The following mentoring and event dates are for the 2020 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme, running from January to December 2020.  Please read the programme details and commitment required, and ensure you meet application criteria outlined above before applying.  

TMMS mentoring sessions 2020:

  • Wednesday 15th January, 6.30-8.30pm – Mentor Session 1: Introductory session for mentees and parents/carers
  • Wednesday 29th January, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 2
  • Wednesday 12th February, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 3
  • Wednesday 25th March, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 4
  • Wednesday 9th September, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 5
  • Wednesday 4th November, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 6
  • Wednesday 2nd December, 5.30-7.30pm – Mentor Session 7

TMMS events 2020:

  • Wednesday 4th March, 5.30-7.45pm – Meet the Doctor Event
  • Wednesday 17th June, 5.30-8pm – All About UCAT Event
  • Wednesday 24th June, 5.30-8pm – UCAT Mock Exam Event
  • Wednesday 8th July, 6.30-8:30pm – Admissions and Student Finance Event
  • Wednesday 5th August, 12.45-7pm – All About BMAT Event & Mock Exam
  • Wednesday 26th August, 10.30am-5pm – Drop-In day
  • Wednesday 11th November, 2-4.30pm and/or 4.30-7pm – Mock Interviews
  • Wednesday 18th 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 the 2020 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme are now closed

For other widening participation opportunities at UCL, please visit UCL Access and Widening Participation

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