All 33 UK medical schools are required to have some kind of outreach scheme that widens access to courses that lead to professional careers, including medicine.
The outreach schemes on offer vary, with some medical schools offering summer school for secondary students that assist with medical school applications and gaining work experience, to primary school outreach that seeks to inspire children at a young age to consider medicine.
Universities like King's College London offer a six year extended medical degree programme, that has dedicated places for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The course uses contextual admissions data for entry and provides extra support for students by splitting the first year of medical school into two years.
If you think you may benefit from attending an outreach scheme or from extra support, or you would like more information, contact the medical schools directly about what they could offer you.
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