Pathway to Healthcare at Aston

Seven budding medics at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have successfully got places on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme at Aston University.

Malaikah Amani Kalam, Mehjabeen Moon Mosharaf, Nabeel-ur-Rehmah, Saima Parvin, Inaayah Khan, Mariyem Qureshi and Qureshi ShaheenQureshi are the successful students. All are currently studying A levels at the College and all have ambitions to become doctors in the future; they applied to be in this programme to help them reach that goal.

The Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme was set up to help prepare students for the undergraduate medicine degree (the MBChB) at Aston University. It is available to students from across the Birmingham, the Black Country and Solihull and specifically geared towards widening participation. As such, students from non-traditional backgrounds, such as those who will be the first in their family to attend university or have been in receipt of free school meals are given subsidised places on the degree course if they meet the academic entry criteria.

The Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme will give the students many exciting opportunities over the next two years. In Year 12, students will participate in Medical taster days, masterclasses, sixth form conference days and work experience placements. There is also a UCAS application day and a Summer School where students will receive lectures from Aston University academics, take part in workshops, run experiments and complete a piece of research around an ethical topic. In Year 13, there will be support with their UCAS application, practice interviews and an exam Bootcamp, all geared towards ensuring the students get the grades needed to take up their place at Aston University after they finish their A level studies.

Mariyem Qureshi (aged 16, from Tyseley) commented:

“I heard about this programme through a message from one of the teachers at College. I needed to meet the grade requirements and to write why I think the course will benefit me in order to get my place. I hope this programme will help me towards becoming a cardiovascular surgeon.”

Saima Parvin (aged 16, from Yardley) added:

“I was told about the programme by a friend and because I have aspirations of going into the field of medicine I thought the experience would prove to be very beneficial for me. I filled in my form and hoped for the best.”

Curriculum Leader for Natural Sciences is Joseph Wright. He said:

“Well done to these successful students. They have chosen a very challenging career path, but also a tremendously rewarding one. This programme run by Aston University is a fantastic taster of medical study and will support them to get there too. These students have a lot of hard work ahead of them, but with determination and enthusiasm, their ambitions are within their grasp.”

As well as this success with Aston University, 41 students have secured places on the University of Birmingham’s Birmingham Link (BLINK) programme. This scheme is designed to support Year 12 students who are interested in applying to Russell Group universities and who meet various socio-economic entry criteria. By being on the programme, students benefit from expert-led study skills workshops to improve examination performance and a stress management and motivation session. They can also get advice on how to strengthen their university applications, and get study support from undergraduate students through a private Facebook group.

31 October 2017