Brynteg pupils in years 12 and 13, who are interested in studying medicine, have been invited to take part in the Widening Access to Medicine Mentoring Scheme. The scheme is run by medical students at Cardiff University who will mentor our pupils through their applications with the end goal of increasing successful applications from Welsh-domiciled pupils.

Our medical mentors, who are all current medical students at Cardiff University, visited the school during September and October to introduce themselves and establish a point of contact for pupils. Year 13 pupils discussed UCAS applications and interviews, they will be able to email their mentor with further queries following this. Year 12 pupils split up into smaller groups to discuss relevant work experience, volunteering opportunities and choosing the right medical school with the mentors. They also gained an insight to the mentor’s own experiences of applying and life as a medical student.

The mentors were very engaging and our pupils found it easy to converse with them asking lots of questions. Year 12 pupils said of their first meeting: “It was a very valuable experience and we gained a lot of knowledge to help us when applying for university, for example discussing the UKCAT admissions test”; “I learnt that I need to get work experience in various areas to make myself stand out when applying for the university I want to go to”; “It was interesting talking about the medicine course and we found out that different universities have different entry requirements”.

Regular contact will be maintained with our mentors with more meetings planned as pupils move through the application and interview process.