Routes to the Professions (R2P)

The Routes to the Professions programme offers a unique opportunity for Year 12 students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, law, finance or engineering to gain a real insight into studying at university, and to receive support throughout the application process.

Students join the programme in year 12 and receive a range of support through to year 13. This includes careers advice, support with personal statements, interview preparation, work placement opportunities, mentoring by current students, and the opportunity to shadow current students during lectures. 

Places are limited, so priority will be given to students from underrepresented groups in the particular courses and professions.

NEW for 2017/18 - R2P Engineering will support students interested in careers in a range of engineering professions.  

Students need to apply before 19 November for Medicine or Dentistry, and by 17 December for Law, Engineering or Financial Services routes.

How to apply

Applications are open to Year 12 students who are interested in studying medicine, dentistry, law, finance or engineering and meet these criteria:

 First generation in their family to go to university
 Parents in non-professional occupations
 Annual household income of £42,875 or less
 Meet the academic criteria for each route below

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What do students think?

Feedback from pupils who took part last year


“Without Routes to the Professions I wouldn’t have got into university to study medicine. The support from my mentors and the events the programme provided prepared me for everything from interviews to personal statements.”

“Experiencing a lecture with my student mentor was not only great fun, but provided insight into what exactly the degree would be like, and what studying law would entail.”

 

R2P: Medicine and Dentistry

This is an 18-month programme with a range of opportunities to support students who would like to apply for a course in medicine or dentistry. Students will join the programme in December of Year 12 and take part in a range of activities in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences here at the University of Birmingham to help them make an informed decision about whether to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry and to support them throughout the application process. Each of the four workshops will feature the following elements:

  • Getting in - support for applications and admissions including UCAS, UKCAT and interviews
  • Getting to know - increasing knowledge of the medical and dental professions and support for securing work experience placements and making the most of these opportunities
  • Developing the skills - activities to help students develop the non-academic skills (reflection, communication, ethical debate) required for these professions
  • Being a team - working with other R2P participants to develop team working and leadership skills
  • Getting support - interaction with medical and dental students and clinical mentors

Student mentoring

All participants will be assigned a mentor who will be a current medical or dental student. The mentor will support students with developing an understanding of the demands of studying a clinical course at University, seeking and making the most of work experience, writing a UCAS personal statement and preparing for UKCAT, interview preparation and university life.

Clinical mentoring

Students will also be mentored by a doctoror dentist. They will have the opportunity to discuss with their mentor what it is actually like to work in the profession, the challenges involved, the highs and the lows, and the career paths available. This will give students an invaluable insight into the professions and will help them make important decisions about their future.

Student shadowing

Students will have the opportunity to spend a day with a current medical or dental student to shadow lectures and spend time in the Medical or Dental School, so they can experience what it is really like to be a student at the University of Birmingham.

Mock interviews

This session will give students the opportunity to find out more about medical and dental interviews, take part in a practice interviews and receive tips on how to prepare and be successful.

Guaranteed interview

Students who satisfactorily engage with and complete the R2P: Medicine and Dentistry programmes will be guaranteed an interview on our undergraduate MBChB or BDS programme if they meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GCSE threshold and have the required predicted A-level grades
  • Have a strong personal statement with evidence for motivation for Medicine or Dentistry and involvement in society
  • Have taken the UKCAT

Who should apply?

This programme is aimed at students who are currently underrepresented in medicine and dentistry courses and the medical and dental professions, but who have the academic potential for medical and dental studies and careers. Places are limited and priority will be given to students who meet the following personal and academic criteria:

Personal criteria

  • Be the first generation in their family to go to university
  • Have parents in non-professional occupations
  • Have an annual household income of £42,875 or less

We will also prioritise students:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Attending a state school with a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals and with low progression rates to selective universities

Academic criteria (Medicine)

  • Have a minimum of seven GCSEs with a minimum of three at Grade A/7, including two As/7s from English, Maths or Science and a minimum grade B/5 in these three subjects
  • Minimum predicted A Level grades BBB including Biology and Chemistry

Academic criteria (Dentistry)

  • Have a minimum of seven GCSEs including English Language, Maths,Chemistry and Biology (or Double Award Science) at grades AABB or 7755 in any order
  • Minimum predicted A level grades BBB including Biology and Chemistry

Apply now

Applications for 2017-18 are now open, and students are encouraged to apply using the online application form. The deadline for Medicine and Dentistry applications is 12pm on Sunday 19 November 2017. Students - after we have determined whether you would be eligible for the scheme we will contact your school/college to determine whether they support your application for the programme.

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R2P: Law

The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop non-academic skills and capabilities such as knowledge about different (law and non-law graduate) routes and careers in the legal profession, opportunities to develop professional contacts, team working and communication skills. 

This is an 18 month programme with a range of opportunities to support students who would like a career in the legal profession. Students will join the programme in year 12 and take part in a range of activities to help them make an informed decision about whether to pursue a career in the legal profession and to support them throughout the application process. Each R2P programme day will feature some of the following four elements:

  • Getting in – support for applicationsand admissions
  • Getting to know – increasing knowledge of the legal professions
  • Developing the skills – activities to help students develop non-academic skills required to study and pursue a career in Law
  • Getting support – interaction with Law student mentors

Launch event

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out more about entry requirements and different routes into law
  • Develop skills required to get into the legal profession
  • Experience a Law taster lecture
  • Gain an insight into life as a law student
  • Meet current undergraduate law students who will support them through the rest of the programme

Student shadowing

Students will have the opportunity to spend a day with a current law student, shadowing university lectures so they can find out what it is really like to be a law student.

Law Court visits

Students will visit the Birmingham Law Courts where they will have a guided tour by a member of court staff. The visit will include a talk and the opportunity to see courtrooms, talk to a judge and observe cases.

Law firm placement

Students will have the opportunity to spend between three and five days at a leading law firm. During the placement they will get a real insight into a professional firm through observing different functions of the firm, being exposed to the type of work lawyers do, meeting a range of legal professionals and developing transferable skills.

Preparing your university application workshop

This workshop is designed to help students to prepare for their UCAS applications. Students will receive advice on different routes and careers in the legal profession, support indeveloping their UCAS personal statements and guidance on admission tests.

Who should apply?

This programme is aimed at students who are currently underrepresented in the legal profession. Priority will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

Personal criteria

  • Be the first generation in their family to go to university
  • Have parents in non-professional occupations
  • Have an annual household income of £42,875 or less

 We will also prioritise students:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Attending a state school with a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals and with low progression rates to selective universities

Academic criteria

  • Have a minimum of grade C/4 in GCSE Maths and English
  • Predicted grades of ABB at A-level or D*DD BTEC in a relevant subject (Law, Business, Science, humanities), or Access to Higher Education in relevant subject – 60 credits overall to include 45 credits at Level 3 with 15 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

Apply now

Applications for 2017-18 are now open, and students are encouraged to apply using the online application form. The deadline for Law applications is 12pm on Sunday 17 December 2017. Students - after we have determined whether you would be eligible for the scheme we will contact your school/college to determine whether they support your application for the programme.

Apply for Routes to the Professions now

R2P: Financial Services

This programme aims to increase students' awareness of the range of careers and pathways available in financial services, develop non-academic skills and capabilities that are critical to accessing careers at elite firms, and support students in making successful applications for courses at elite universities.

This is an 18-month programme supporting students in year 12 through to 13 by providing them with opportunities to develop non-academic skills and capabilities that are sought by elite universities and firms. The programme will focus on a wide range of professions in the financial services sector including banking and finance, accountancy, actuary, insurance, hedge funds, asset management and private equity firms.

Each R2P programme day will feature some of the following four elements:

  • Getting in – support for applications and admissions
  • Getting to know – increasing knowledge of the professions in financial services
  • Developing the skills – activities to help students develop the non-academic skills required to study and pursue a career in the financial sector
  • Getting support – interaction with student mentors studying finance related courses

Launch event

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about different courses, careers and routes available into financial services
  • Learn about academic and non-academic requirements important for courses and careers in financial services professions
  • Experience a taster lecture
  • Meet current undergraduate students from Birmingham Business School who will support students for the duration of the programme

Student e-mentoring and shadowing

All students on the programme will be assigned a mentor studying at Birmingham Business School who will support students with understanding university life, UCAS application and writing their personal statement, work experience and exam results.

Students will also spend a day shadowing their mentors during lectures so they can experience what it is like to be a business student at the University.

Financial firm placement

Students will have the opportunity to apply for work experience placements at local financial firms where they will observe and gain an insight into the different functions of the firm, meet and engage with a range of professionals and develop contacts.

Preparing your university application workshop

This workshop will support students to prepare for their UCAS applications. Students will receive advice on different routes into professions in the financial sector, support with reflecting on work experience and with developing their UCAS personal statements.

Who should apply?

The programme targets students who are currently underrepresented at elite universities and professions in the financial sector. Priority will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

Personal criteria

  • Be the first generation in their family to go to university
  • Have parents in non-professional occupations
  • Have an annual household income of £42,875 or less

 We will also prioritise students:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Attending a state school with a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals and with low progression rates to selective universities

Academic criteria

  • A minimum of grade B/6 in GCSE Maths and grade C/4 in English
  • Predicted grades BBB at A Level or equivalent in other qualifications

Apply now

Applications for 2017-18 are now open, and students are encouraged to apply using the online application form. The deadline for Financial Services applications is 12pm on Sunday 17 December 2017. Students - after we have determined whether you would be eligible for the scheme we will contact your school/college to determine whether they support your application for the programme.

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R2P: Engineering

This programme aims to improve the knowledge, understanding and access of underrepresented groups onto courses at elite universities and careers in the engineering industry. Specifically, the programme aims to increase students' awareness of the range of careers and pathways available in engineering, develop non-academic skills and capabilities that are critical to accessing careers in engineering at elite firms, and support students in making successful applications for courses at elite universities.

New for 2017-18, this 18-month programme will support students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electronic or electrical engineering.

Each R2P programme day will feature some of the following four elements:

  • Getting in – support for applications and admissions
  • Getting to know – increasing knowledge of engineering courses and careers
  • Developing the skills – development of non-academic skills required to study and pursue an engineering career
  • Getting support – interaction with student mentors studying engineering

Launch event

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Find out about the different courses, careers and routes available into engineering
  • Develop skills that are important tosucceed in a career in engineering
  • Meet current undergraduate students from the School of Engineering who will support students for the duration of the programme

Student e-mentoring and shadowing

All students on the programme will be assigned a mentor studying at the School of Engineering who will support students with understanding university life, UCAS application and writing their personal statement, work experience and exam results.

Students will also spend a day shadowing their mentors during lectures so they can experience what it is like to be an engineering student at the University.

Engineering experience

Students will have the opportunity to visit industrial partners throughout one week during the summer holidays. Each day will cover a major discipline of engineering: chemical, civil, mechanical, materials and electronic engineering.

Preparing your university application workshop

This workshop will support students to prepare for their UCAS applications. Students will receive advice on different routes into professions in the engineering sector, support with reflecting on work experience and with developing their UCAS personal statements.

Who should apply?

The programme targets students who are currently underrepresented at elite universities and professions in the engineering sector. Priority will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

Personal criteria

  • Be the first generation in their family to go to university
  • Have parents in non-professional occupations
  • Have an annual household income of £42,875 or less

 We will also prioritise students:

  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Attending a state school with a high proportion of students eligible for free school meals and with low progression rates to selective universities

Academic criteria

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs at grade A*/9-C/4 including English, Maths and Physics/Double Science
  • Predicted grades BBB at A level including Maths or DDD at BTEC Extended Diploma with sufficient Maths content/BTEC Diploma with A level Maths

Apply now

Applications for 2017-18 are now open, and students are encouraged to apply using the online application form. The deadline for Engineering applications is 12pm on Sunday 17 December 2017. Students - after we have determined whether you would be eligible for the scheme we will contact your school/college to determine whether they support your application for the programme.

Apply for Routes to the Professions now

Find out more

You can download the Routes to the Professions brochure here, which offers more detail on each of the programmes. 

If you have any questions about the Routes to the Professions programme get in touch with Shaheen Barkat, Outreach Officer at r2p@contacts.bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 9017. 

 

Similar programmes for other year groups

Insight into the Professions Days for Year 10 students

The Insight Days are engaging and informative events designed to give Year 10 students an insight into the medicine, legal and financial services professions. The events aim to raise the awareness and aspirations of students to pursue professional careers as well as providing relevant information to help them make informed choices to realise their aspirations.

Our events include Insight into Medicine, Insight into Law and Insight into Financial Services. During the day students hear from careers advisors, current students, doctors and lawyers, professionals from the financial sector as well as taking part in interactive lectures and workshops. For further information please contact Shaheen Barkat s.barkat@bham.ac.uk

 

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