Target Medicine


UCL is committed to widening participation to ensure those with the ability, regardless of their background, will have the opportunity to apply for and succeed in higher education.  

Target Medicine is UCL Medical School’s widening participation initiative aimed at raising the attainment and aspirations of young people from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education and medical school. It also recognises the importance of diversifying our NHS to better reflect patients and their needs. 

Target Medicine programmes are designed for students from non-selective state schools around greater London who meet selected eligibility criteria. It currently comprises of three main programmes:

1. Mentoring Scheme

A 12 month mentoring scheme for high achieving Year 12 students from underrepresented backgrounds aspiring to become doctors.  The scheme matches over 230 sixth form pupils with 60 UCL medical students offering guided lessons and targeted support enabling students to become more competitive and well-informed medical school applicants.

2. Summer School

This is a week-long non-residential programme for Year 11 students considering medical school as an option for them.  The summer school teaches young people about the pathway into medicine and gives them an opportunity to experience what it’s like being a medical student through hands-on workshops, projects, and an opportunity to work with real patients.

3. Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge is a series of events over 5 weeks for Year 12 students whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving. Student explore why medical ethics is important for those who work in health care and explore different perspectives on a range of ethical issues. The programme encourages critical thinking and debate, and gives students valuable practice at crafting academic essays, which can be used during A-Level and university study.

The Summer Challenge is run in collaboration with UCL's Widening Participation Team.

We do not charge a fee for any of the support and advice offered to students and schools/colleges.

4. Become

Become is a one-day event for Year 9 and 10 students of African and Caribbean descent to explore what it might be like to study medicine. The idea of this event was developed by four UCL Medical Students from Black African and Black Caribbean backgrounds, who noticed a low number of students from similar backgrounds entering the field of Medicine. 

Through this event, they hope to inspire young people from similar backgrounds to pursue anything they put their mind to. Using their own stories, and by delving into the field of medicine through practical hands-on workshops, they aim to show young people what they too can Become.

Target Medicine is supported by the UCL Widening Participation Team.

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