The Target Medicine Mentor Scheme is a year-long programme for Year 12 students with the aspiration and potential to study medicine.
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. Students will take part in six classroom-based mentoring sessions on campus, e-mentoring, and have the opportunity to attend additional events.
About the Mentoring Scheme
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 six 'face to face' group mentoring sessions that will take place in person (unless covid restrictions require us to go online), regular contact with your mentor using the Brightside online e-mentoring platform, and a series of additional information, advice and guidance events.
Face to face mentor sessions
Each classroom based 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
Mentors and mentees will be expected to communicate regularly using the Brightside online mentoring platform. We expect all mentors and mentees to message at least once a fortnight.
Participants are encouraged to attend additional events throughout the year that are designed to help students apply to medical school. Mentees will be expected to attend at least two events
2022 Mentor Scheme Dates
Mentor Sessions (cumpolsory)
Mentor Session 1: Introductory Evening
Wednesday 12th January, 5.30-7.30pm (ONLINE)
Mentor Session 2
Wednesday 26th January, 5:30-7.30pm
Mentor Session 3
Wednesday 9th February, 5:30-7.30pm
Mentor Session 4
Wednesday 23rd March, 5:30-7.30pm
Mentor Session 5
Wednesday 7th September, 5:30-7.30pm
Mentor Session 6
Wednesday 2nd November, 5:30-7.30pm
Mentor Session 7
Wednesday 30th November, 5:30-7.30pm
Meet the Doctor
Wednesday 2nd March, 5:30 - 7:30
All About UCAT
Wednesday 15th June, 5.30-7:00pm
Wednesday 22rd June, 5.30-7:00pm
Admissions Panel Event (ONLINE)
Wednesday 13th July, 5.30-7.00pm
All About BMAT Event & Mock Exam
Wednesday 3rd August, 10:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 9th November, 3.30-6pm and/or 5.30-8pm
Wednesday 16th November, 3.30-6pm and/or 5.30-8pm
Mentee Drop-In Day
The above mentor scheme dates are for the 2022 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme, running from January to December 2022. All mentor sessions will be in person, except for Mentor Session 1 which will be online.
Please note: the timing, format and location of these events may change depending on UCL and government social distancing guidelines in 2022. We will confirm the details of these events as soon as possible once the programme commences.
How to apply
To apply, you must meet the following criteira:
- In Year 12 studying 3 A-levels*
- Study A-level Biology or Chemistry
- Interest in applying for medicine at university
- Attend a state school
- Achieved GCSE grade B/6 or above in English Language and Mathematics
- Able to commit to all cumpolsory mentor session dates
- Come from one or more of our target groups outlined on our Who we work with page
*Students studying IB will have their application assessed on an individual basis. Please email Targetmedicine@ucl.ac.uk if you are an IB student.
Applications for the 2022 Target Medicine Mentoring Scheme are now open! You will need your teacher's email address and a parent/carer with you to complete your application form.
The deadline to apply is Monday 25th October 2021.
For other widening participation opportunities at UCL, please visit UCL Access and Widening Participation.
If you would like more information on applying for medical school, you may find the following websites useful:
- Health careers
- Medical Schools Council - Studying medicine
- Medical Schools Council - Applying to medical school
- Medical Schools Council - medical admissions interview preparation tool
- Health careers - Information for specific groups
- BMA - Studying medicine
- Melanin Medics
- BSMS Virtual Work Experience
- RCGP Virtual Work Experience
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org