In 2019 the Medical Schools Council worked with four medical schools to offer a series of free summer schools, as well as offering funding for students to gain places at a number of other pre-existing medical summer schools. The initiative is funded by Health Education England and aimed at young people from areas of England where few students apply to study medicine. The initiative will be continuing in 2020.
At an MSC Summer School these students can learn about becoming a doctor and whether it would be the right career for them. They will receive the information, skills and above all the confidence they need to submit a strong application to medicine.
Each MSC Summer School is a residential event lasting four days. The medical school will determine how its event runs, using teaching sessions developed by its staff and by the Medical Schools Council alongside partner organisations such as the Royal College of General Practitioners. These organisations have helped produce materials relating to their aspects of the medical profession.
To be eligible, a student must be:
- In, or has been in, local authority care
Or hold a minimum of two of the following:
- Studying in a school that achieved below the national average Attainment 8 score at GCSE, or has attended such a school until the age of 16
- From a school with a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
- Living in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education
- A young carer
- From a family where the parents do not have a university degree from the UK or abroad
- In receipt of or eligible for free school meals or the 16–19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support or Means Tested Benefit
- Estranged from parents or guardians and/or be an asylum seeker or refugee
Eligibility is assessed at the point of application.
The medical schools running MSC Summer Schools in 2020 will be announced on this website soon.
Click here to see the privacy notice for the MSC Summer Schools programme.