Our activities for secondary school pupils

Two female lecturers with a school boy who is using a stethoscope on a dummy

Our activities for pupils in Years 7 - 11 are designed to increase motivation for learning and to raise aspirations to pursue study and careers in biomedical science and healthcare. 

Year 8 Big Health Quiz

The Health Big Quiz is aimed at students who might be interested in a career in the health professions or in the biomedical science that underpins medical and dental treatments and therapies. Different rounds will focus on different disciplines within the health professions including medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and physiotherapy. The event is designed to help students to understand in more detail the academic requirements and different career opportunities available in a fun and interactive way. Schools can enter up to 4 teams (a maximum of 4 students per team) and there are lots of prizes up for grabs.

The Big Health Quiz runs in the Spring term. Check back for further details or register your interest by completing the registration form.

Year 9 Healthcare Heroes

Healthcare Heroes is an annual event which started at the University of Birmingham and is now a collaboration between universities across the West Midlands and Health Education England. Aimed at Year 9 students, the event will provide insight into the multitude of different healthcare careers available and will encourage students from groups currently under-represented in these careers, particularly male students, to consider a future in healthcare.

Healthcare Heroes takes place each July and is available for school groups to register – keep an eye on this page (or ask your teacher to do this) for information about how to register or contact us for details.

Year 10 Insight Day - Healthcare Professions

The Insight Day: Healthcare Professions introduces Year 10 students from schools in the West Midlands to careers in healthcare including medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and physiotherapy. The event aims to raise the aspirations of student from groups currently under-represented in these professions to study at university and pursue a career in healthcare. At the event participants will hear about life as a healthcare student from our current undergraduates and what is it like Working in Healthcare from a range of healthcare professionals. Participants will also discover the different routes into healthcare professions. Students will participate in interactive workshops aimed at giving the them an insight into the research and various disciplines that underpin healthcare.

Insight Days take place in March each year. For further information or to book a place e-mail Jane Patel at r2p@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Virtual Work Experience

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences will not be running a formal work experience programme in 2021.

For information and resources which may support you in your application to university, please visit the following pages: 

Being a biomedical scientist

Being a dental hygienist or therapist

Being a dentist

Being a doctor

Being a nurse

Being a pharmacist

Year 11 Mini Medical School

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mini Medical School will not be running in the 2020-21 academic year.

For information and resources which may support you in your application to university, please visit the following pages: 

Being a biomedical scientist

Being a dental hygienist or therapist

Being a dentist

Being a doctor

Being a nurse

Being a pharmacist

Year 8-13 Masterclasses

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

Visit the Masterclasses website