Our activities for post 16 school and college pupils

Female Biomedical Science student in lab with a pipette

Our activities for Year 12 and 13 pupils aim to help them to explore higher education and careers in biomedical science and healthcare. Our Pathways to Birmingham programmes use specific criteria to recruit priority students who will benefit most from our activities - please check the criteria to see whether you are eligible to apply. 

Year 12-13 Masterclasses

Our popular Masterclasses programme provides school pupils in Years 8-13 with fun, engaging and interactive insights into what it's like to study at a selective university.

To keep up to date, please visit the dedicated website:


Year 10-13 Dr.eam University Applications Conferences

Dr.eam is our flagship series of FREE events for state school students eager to gain an insight into healthcare careers and prepare a competitive Medicine and Dentistry application.

We run four conferences for state school students designed and delivered annually by our dedicated team of current healthcare students -- Dr.eam Senior, Dr.eam Junior, Dr.eam Big and Dr.eam Dentistry. Each conference is aimed at a particular age-group and offers insights relevant to their stage of secondary education. 

In addition, Dr.eam Medicine is a free course spanning several weeks delivered by current medical students designed to help students prepare a competitive application for Medicine and provide a real insight into the career.

For more information take a look at the BWAMS site.

Year 12 Work Experience

Within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences we are able to offer placements in biomedical research and professional services.

Students who wish to undertake a placement within the College are required to organise the placement directly with a placement host. To help with identifying a suitable placement host, you may wish to search our College staff lists which you can find by exploring the links under “Institutes and Schools”. Please only contact one staff member at a time.

We would advise students who are interested in healthcare (including medicine) that work experience in an NHS environment would be more relevant and appropriate than a placement in the College of Medical & Dental Sciences. Alternatively, work experience doing something that involves working with the public, for example volunteering/working at a retirement home/village, in a charity shop, or any other community organisation will be an excellent way to gain the skills required by healthcare professions and will give you an excellent opportunity to develop your communication skills. It is important that you gain an understanding of the work and challenges faced by healthcare staff, and we have put together numerous resources to help you get started.

Visit the work experience site

Year 12 and 13 Pathways to Birmingham

Our Pathways to Birmingham programmes offer Year 12 and 13 students an insight into higher education and professional career routes, and support students throughout the university application process.

Students who successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme and apply to the University of Birmingham will receive special consideration from admissions tutors. If their application is successful, they will receive two offers from the University of Birmingham - the standard offer and a Pathways to Birmingham offer. The Pathways to Birmingham offer is typically two grades below the standard offer, as advertised in the prospectus. Students may also be eligible to receive the Pathways to Birmingham financial support.

Visit the dedicated Pathways to Birmingham site for more information.

Pathways to Birmingham 

Year 12 National Access Summer School

The National Access Summer School (NASS) is a four day residential, designed to introduce Year 12 students from across England and Wales, to university life and higher education. 

This programme is only available to students who live outside the Greater West Midlands region and are currently in Year 12. 

 National Access Summer Schools