Discover Medicine

Discover Medicine offers support and guidance through a range of activities related to medicine which aim to raise awareness, aspirations, and levels of achievement.


Medicine is the study of diseases affecting people. Its scope is vast, encompassing the causes, the nature and the treatment of disease. Discover Medicine is a two year pathway that starts in Year 12 for students who have the ability and interest in becoming a doctor and meet specific Academic and Widening Access criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region. See 'How to apply' section below for more information.

Pathway structure

Year 12
  • Welcome and team building day - This is the chance to meet the other Discover Medicine students and and take part in a number of team building and medicine related activities.
  • Medical Careers Conference -This half-day conference gives an insight into the career options open to medics. Run in a carousel style format, students will get to ask questions to, and hear from, a number of medical professionals and find out about their chosen specialty. Guest speakers include a Plastic Surgeon, Emergency Medicine consultant, GP, and a Psychiatrist, among others.
  • First Aid day - Students get to learn basic first aid skills, such as suturing, dealing with burns/bleeds/fractures, CPR and the recovery position, what to do if someone is choking and how to move a casualty. Students will work with current medical students, and will find out how these procedures are applied in medical school.
  • Open Day - Discover Medicine students are given information on the Undergraduate open days.
  • Integrated Learning Activity - Students will get the chance to experience how medicine is taught at the University of Sheffield by taking part in an Integrated Learning Activity, which includes researching a case study regarding an illness, presenting the findings and coming to a diagnosis.
  • First Year Medical School Lecture - Discover Medicine students are invited to join first year medical students in a lecture focusing on the skeletal system, this will showcase what the teaching is like at Sheffield. Students will also get the opportunity to meet the lecturer for a Q&A session.
  • Residential Summer School -  This three day residential summer school will give students a taste of life as a Medical Student. During the week you will take part in a range of interactive sessions including medical ethics debates, clinical skills practice, an anatomy workshop and a mock interview session. You will also take part in social activities, sports evening, and a joint Summer Social with students on Discover Dental Professions and STEM, you will stay in our award winning student accommodation.
Year 13
  • UCAS Guidance and Personal Statements - We help students prepare a strong UCAS application, including focused work on personal statements. We also offer students bespoke 1-2-1 personal statement help
    from our current medical students.
  • One to One Session - An opportunity to take part in a mock medical school interview.
  • Celebration Evening - Students who have successfully completed both phases of Discover Medicine will be invited to a Celebration Evening, along with their parents and supporters, to celebrate their involvement and success with other Discover students from across all five pathways.There will also be tailored sessions for the parents/supporters to engage with.

Programme outcomes

Adjusted offer

Students who successfully complete the pathway will be eligible for a conditional offer for degrees at the University of Sheffield subject to prerequisites being met including passing an interview. This excludes Dental Surgery.

To qualify for an adjusted offer for Dental Surgery you must have completed the Discover Dental Professions pathway and met prerequisites, including passing an interview.

If you wanted to take a 1 x year gap break before applying to the University of Sheffield, or need to resit A Levels to achieve a higher grade, the adjusted offer would be made available in the following year only.

Please be aware - any or all A Level resits must be taken in one sitting and only one resit per A Level is permitted. You would also have to retake the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

Further information on A Level qualifications for medicine is available on the Medical School Undergraduate application webpages.

Support with exam revision

To be successful on the degree course you eventually choose, you will be required to meet certain entry requirements, which are set to reflect the academic level of course content and to ensure that you can be comfortable in achieving a good standard in your degree.

As a participant of the Discover programme you will have the opportunity to participate in activities and events that are designed to help you to achieve the grades that you need to get into university including study skills workshops and revision sessions.

How to apply

Talk to the head of your sixth form or your course leader to find out. They will tell you if you are eligible based upon the criteria and information we have provided for them. You and your parents or carers will then need to complete the online application form, via your registered school/college coordinator.

Taking part in the Discover programme shows commitment and could enhance your university application. However, it does not guarantee you a place at university. Places are subject to availability and you can only be registered on one sustained Widening Access pathway at the University of Sheffield at any one time.

Eligibility requirements

Academic criteria

A Level (or equivalent) requirements:

  • Should be studying a minimum of 3 A Levels including Chemistry or Biology and another science subject (Physics, Psychology and Maths are also acceptable science subjects). Please note that the EPQ and General Studies A Level are not acceptable as stand-alone qualifications. Also, Further Maths (with Maths A Level) and Critical Thinking will not be counted by the Medical School as stand-alone A Levels.

GCSE requirements: 

  • Min. 5 A*-B (or 9-6), plus a minimum of C (4) in English, Maths & Science subjects if not already included.
Widening Access Criteria


  • Meet academic criteria as per pathway

Meet at least one of the following:

  • Live in an area of Low Participation in Higher Education (measured by POLAR4 data)
  • Live in an area of high deprivation signalled by IMD Q1 & Q2
  • Looked After Child / Young Adult Carers
  • Have a declared a disability
  • In receipt of free school meals
  • Is experiencing estrangement

Other criteria considered where capacity permits or considered in combination with above criteria:

  • Students from ethnic/gender/socio-economic groups which are currently under-represented within HE*

Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any exceptional circumstances stated by the student and/or the school, such as family upheaval or disrupted schooling, will provide additional context to applications.

Contact us


Phone: 0114 222 1027 

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