Careers in Medicine

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Careers in Medicine
National Medic Mentor Weekend will be taking place in London, Cardiff, Leeds and Birmingham. On Saturday 18th March there will be a total of 14 presentations from Royal colleges, medical schools, doctors and medical students. These will help aspiring medics to explore careers in medicine and help set up medical societies at their respective schools. On the Sunday there will be an optional UCAS lecture about applying to medical school, including textbooks, lunch and free parent registration. Parents are encouraged to attend. Registration is £25 for the Saturday conference. For further details see website and the flyer on the Ashcombe website. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds can attend for free.

Queen Alexander Royal Army Nursing Corps
The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) train and recruit Nurses and Healthcare Assistants so that they can deliver world class healthcare all over the world. Army nursing staff are employed in a variety of environments such as clinical roles within NHS Hospital Trusts, Defence Primary Healthcare (DPHC) Centre’s, Medical Regiments and Field Hospitals. The variety of postings ensure that they are clinically current and ready for deployments on operations or exercise. See the Ashcombe website for more information on pay scales and recruitment paths.

Further roles available within the Army:
Other roles available in the Army include:

  • Medical Support Officer

  • Combat Medical Technician

  • Physiotherapist

  • Pharmacy Officer

  • Environmental Health Officer

  • Environmental Health Technician

  • Biomedical Scientist

  • Radiographer

  • Op Department Practitioner

  • Veterinary Officer

  • Veterinary Technician

  • Dog Handler

  • Dental Officer

  • Dental Nurse

If you are interested in any of the above roles click on the link: AMS Prospectus 2015 - 16  or look at the recruiting website:

Interesting Apprenticeships
Crime Scene Photographer

This is ‘Photo imaging’and is a Level 3 apprenticeship and focuses on forensic photography. This involves taking photos at a crime scene. Your role will be to perfect the art of producing a really accurate production of a crime or accident using photos. These photos will then be used in court or to help an investigation.

Radio Plugger

This is a Level 3 radio plugger apprenticeship. You will be working with music every day. Record labels may hire you to take new singles to radio producers and DJs to secure radio plays, as well as setting up interviews with the bands.

Space Engineer Technician

This course was founded by the National Space Academy. It’s a higher apprenticeship and requires knowledge in maths and science above GCSE level. Some lectures may be delivered by some of the UK’s leading space scientists as well as work experience placements in UK space companies. At the end you’ll qualify as a technician for the space sector. For more information see the National Space Academy’s course info.

BBC Business Management Higher Apprenticeship programme

This is a 2 year apprenticeship. Your annual salary will be £17,015 and tuition fees will be paid for by the BBC. Four days a week will be spent at the BBC and the fifth day at the Pearson Business School (degree validated by the University of Kent). For more information see their website. Closing date for applications is 15th January 2017.

Fish Husbandry

A career in fish husbandry involves everything from fish breeding and production to fisheries management and fish biology. Doing an apprenticeship will equip you with the skills to join the angling industry as you’ll care for the fish, maintain their health and prevent disease.

Useful apprenticeship websites
Surrey have a very useful apprenticeship website, giving advice, answering questions and showing current vacancies.
For more unusual apprenticeships see Gothinkbig website.

University Open Days

A list of university open days can be found on

Sutton Trust programmes
1. The Pathways to STEM scheme, is supported by the Kusuma Trust UK and is open to academically able students from non-privileged backgrounds who are interested in Science, Technology and Engineering.
2. The Pathways to Law scheme is a Sutton Trust programme which has been set up to inspire and support academically-able students in years 10 to 13 from non-privileged backgrounds who are interested in a career in law.
3. The Pathways to Medicine programme has been setup to inspire and support able students from non-privileged backgrounds who may be interested in a career in Medicine.

Not sure what you want to do next…….?
The Careersbox website is a national online careers film and video library. On this site real people with real jobs can help young people decide on their future career options.
The Not Going to Uni site provides useful information on apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs.

We hope that you will find this information useful. Please contact Mr Panting if you have any general questions on We are particularly keen to advertise future apprenticeships and employment opportunities for our students. If you have any specific questions please contact Jo Carroll, our careers adviser, on

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