Medicine, Science and Technology Pathway
Are you determined to pursue a career in the field of the healthrelated sciences, for example Pharmacy, Medicine, Clinical or Occupational Psychology? Do you have an ambition to pursue a career in Physical or Life Sciences, Engineering or Computer Science? This pathway contains a package of AS/A-levels and enrichment activities designed for students who are clear that they want to pursue a career in these fields. It will provide you with the appropriate knowledge and skills for further study in a variety of degree courses.
An average GCSE score of 6.5, preferably with an A or A* in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science. You will also need to be able to demonstrate a strong interest in, and commitment to, pursuing a career in these fields. If applying to study a degree in Medicine, you will need to have As and A*s in most, if not all, of your GCSEs.
What will I study?
If you are interested in a career in medicine, you will study the following A-level subjects over two years:
- Mathematics or Physics
- one other AS/A-level subject of your choice; this can be another science, but you may want to consider a subject that demonstrates your strong writing skills, such as English Literature or History.
However if you are interested in a degree or a career in Psychology: many competitive universities recommend that you study either Maths or a Science-related subject (which in most cases may include Psychology) and some institutions require both. It can sometimes therefore be an advantage to study at least one of the following subjects:
It is useful, although not necessary, to have studied A-level Psychology if you are certain you want to pursue Psychology at degree level. You can also choose from a wide range of subjects from the recommended subject list; any humanities or social science subject will be regarded positively.
If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Science, but not Medicine, including Life Sciences, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science the subjects you choose will vary depending on what you intend to study at university, but usually a minimum of three of the following subjects will be chosen:
If you know which subject you wish to pursue at degree level, this should be one of your A-level choices.
- A-level Mathematics is essential if you want to study a degree in Computer Science. We highly recommend taking further maths or another Science, which could include Physics or Computer Science (although Computer Science is not essential). Philosophy is also a recommended A-level subject.
- A-level Mathematics is essential for an Engineering career. Strongly recommended subjects include Physics and Further Mathematics. Chemistry is also useful.
- Students with an interest in the environment, animals and plants should study A-level Biology.
- Students with an interest outside of these subjects, may choose from a range of subjects on the recommended subject list.
You will participate in a range of Honours Programme enrichment activities, including a weekly honours session to help you apply for a highly competitive degree in the medical field.
You will also take part in activities specific to this pathway, which may include:
- specialist workshops and guidance events with employers, hospitals and universities
- applying to be mentored by students from SAMDA (Student Assisted Medical and Dental Applicants), an organisation that helps ambitious students prepare for studying medicine at university
- support and guidance in finding relevant work experience, including the Nuffield Bursary
- Generating Genius programme in conjunction with UCL: selected students on this pathway will be allocated an undergraduate or postgraduate mentor from UCL throughout their two years of study at NewVIc and access a range of university run workshops
What will I be able to progress to?
This pathway will help you to meet the strict university entry requirements and prepare you for entry exams and interviews. You will be able to study degree subjects including Medicine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Optometry and Pharmacy. You may alternatively want to follow another Health-related degree route, for example Clinical, Occupational or Educational Psychology, Psychiatry or Radiography.
Non-Health and Medicine routes could include a degree in Physics or Chemistry, a career in Engineering, Marine Biology, Animal and Plant Science, Ecology and the Environment, Astrophysics or Chemical Engineering.