Schools and colleges outreach

Our outreach offer for schools extends to activities bookable by teachers, careers advisers and students themselves. We are engaged in several targeted activities to encourage and support students who may not ordinarily consider a university course or career in Medicine, Dentistry or Health.

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For teachers and advisers to book

Subject talks

Date: October - December 2020 - ADHOC
Location: Online
Who: Year 12 &13, Access to HE Students

A 40-60 minute virtual introduction into one of the following courses, for sixth forms and colleges in South Yorkshire. Followed by a Q&A

  • Adult Nursing
  • Health & Human Sciences
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Orthoptics

The session is led by a member of staff and student ambassadors and is delivered online.

The students in the class must be one of the following:

  • 50% male
  • studying an alternative qualification (BTEC, Access to HE etc)
  • 50% POLAR 4 quintile 1 or 2
  • a mix of the above

Please contact Emma Parr for more information.

Medicine & Health Professions Roadshow

Wednesday 25th November 1-2pm
Wednesday 2nd December 10-11am- BOOKED
Tuesday 8th December 2-3pm- BOOKED
Thursday 4th March 10-11am
Thursday 11th March 1-2pm
Friday 19th March 1-2pm

Location: Online
Who: Year 12, 13 and Access to HE students

An opportunity for year 12 and 13 students to discover a variety of health courses available to study at The University of Sheffield. Four health professions students from different courses will share their experiences of applying and transitioning to university. Following this there will be a Q&A, where your students can ask questions such as how to get work experience, what the difference is between school and university, or what placement is like. This session is online, and lasts for between 60 and 90 minutes. Please let us know if you would like us to be flexible with the start and finish times.

Health Professions students will be from a mix of the following courses (dependent on availability of suitability to your students: Medicine, Dental Surgery, Dental Hygiene & Therapy, Adult Nursing, Orthoptics, Speech & Language Therapy, Health & Human Sciences, Biomedical Science + more.

The students in your class must be one, or a mix of the following:

  • 50% male
  • studying an alternative qualification (BTEC, Access to HE etc)
  • 50% POLAR 4 quintile 1 or 2 (an area where few people progress to University)
  • A HEPPSY target school

Request Roadshow

For students to book

UCAT 2021 Online Course

Date: 23rd July - 26th August 2021

Introductory session: 22nd July 4-5pm

Location: Online (Blackboard Open Education)

Who: Year 12 students

Outreach officers and current medical and dental students have created an engaging and inclusive online course to help aspiring medical and dental students with the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Why should I take an online course to help with the UCAT?

At the University of Sheffield, you need to have a good score on the UCAT to be invited to interview for medicine and dentistry. The online course may help you develop the skills and techniques to improve your score. Rather than revising alone, our resources and ambassadors will keep you motivated during your revision, and will answer questions you have about the exam. Also, the course is completely free.

What is the structure of the UCAT 2021 Online Course?

The course is split into 5 blocks, with each block covering one of the five subsets of the UCAT. Each block includes:

  • An engaging online lesson

  • Sample questions for you to solve at you own pace

  • A timed mock test, with personalised feedback from a current student

  • Discussions forums, where you can ask questions and discuss topics about the UCAT with current and aspiring medical and dental students

Each subset block will run for 7 days, it is up to you when you complete the block in that time. The online course will run in addition to your own revision. It is estimated that you will spend approximately 10 hours completing the online course. Students who get the highest scores on the UCAT, spend between 25-30 hours preparing for the exam, so we expect you to be doing your own revision daily, in addition to the online course.

The course is run by outreach staff and student ambassadors, independent of those involved with admissions decisions at The University of Sheffield. There is a limited number of places.

The University of Sheffield’s UCAT 2021 Online Course Eligibility Criteria

Students applying for a place on this scheme must meet all of the following:

  • Be in Year 12
  • Be on track to meet A-Level and GCSE entry requirements. Medicine entry requirements are here. Dentistry entry requirements are here.
  • Attend a state school.
  • Have permission from their parent or guardian to use the online platform; Blackboard Open Education.

Students applying for a place will be prioritised if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • From a low progression to Higher Education area or the lowest socio-economic groups
  • A Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
  • A student with a declared disability
  • In the first generation of their family to enter Higher Education (other than siblings, or parents who attended as a mature student)

Students on the Discover Medicine, or Discover Dental Professions will be guaranteed a place, as long as they have their parent’s/guardian’s permission, but they still need to fill in an application.

Apply now

Applications open on 10th June and close on 4th July 2021.

Discover Dentistry

An entertaining and illuminating online course for everyone to explore the impact dentistry has on our lives.

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Observe GP

Aspiring medics aged 16+ are required to develop an understanding of medicine when applying to medical school. Work experience is one way to gain insights into medicine, the RCGP have created another. Observe GP provides is a free, online interactive video platform providing insights into general practice.

Find out more

Get involved

To get in touch about any of these opportunities, or for a discussion about how the faculty can help you to engage your students, please contact Ami Swales at for more details.

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