University of St Andrews – Gateway to Medicine

The School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews offers a Gateway to Medicine which is a one-year programme taught in the Faculty of Science but with contributions from staff in Medicine.

The purpose of the Gateway to Medicine programme is to promote the uptake of higher education, specifically among those groups that are traditionally under-represented at University. The Gateway programme provides the opportunity for students who have completed S5 and just missed out on the grades required for medicine to study at first year undergraduate level. The Gateway year is an alternative to S6. Pupils who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the requirements for progression will transfer onto our traditional 6 year A100 Medicine degree programme.

The University of St Andrews is now accepting notes of interest for our Gateway to Medicine programme, for entry in September 2017.

It is designed for students who:

  • Meet some or all of our Widening Participation criteria (as outlined in the accompanying leaflet);
  • Have finished their S5 year and have sat the required SQA Highers
  • Are predicted to achieve AABB at higher in S5

I am sure we all hope that pupils achieve the grades they are expecting and we wish them well in their endeavours. However, if things don’t go according to plan those pupils who meet the criteria for the Gateway to Medicine will have a choice to apply to the University of St Andrews for this course instead of entering their S6 year at school. You should be aware that this application is out with UCAS.

Successful applicants to the Gateway to Medicine will take First Year modules in Biology, Chemistry, and one other subject of their choice. They are provided with tutoring, the opportunity to gain work experience and help in preparing for the UKCAT and admissions interviews. Entrants who pass the year at an appropriate level and meet the other requirements for progression will transfer into our BSc (Hons) Medicine degree course in 2018. Pupils are also supported should they choose to apply to other universities for other courses after the completion of their Gateway year.

Please see leaflet which gives more information about the programme, the application process, and entrance requirements.

Any pupil who is interested in finding out more about the Gateway to Medicine is asked to note their interest by filling in the attached form and emailing it to Pupils will then be contacted on the day the SQA results are released with further information on how to apply to the programme.

There is more information about this programme available online:

Trainee Customer Service Assistant – Musselburgh Library

We are looking to recruit a Trainee Customer Service Assistant to work on an a Saturday morning 10.00-13.00 in Musselburgh Library.

This position would be ideal for a school/college student with an interest in books and people who is looking for work at the weekends.  The rate of pay is £8.33 per hour, rising to £8.69 per hour after one year in post.

Training will be given but applications should meet the minimum essential criteria specified in the Person Specification (this is available to download on the advert).

Applications can be made via this link Trainee Customer Service Assistant – Musselburgh Library or by searching Jobs/Vacancies on

The reference number for this post is EAL01968

The vacancy is also advertised on and in the Job Centre.


Open Day

Please see below details about an Open Day on Monday.

You will be able to obtain information on Hairdressing Apprenticeships as well as full time funded courses in HNC Beauty Therapy and HNC Make-up Artistry.
Anyone not able to make Monday please contact the Academy and we they would be happy to invite you in for an informal chat and a guided tour of the Academy.

Speech and Language Therapy Information Sessions

Edinburgh Speech and Language Therapy Department runs information sessions for those who are considering a career in this field. It provides the opportunity to learn a bit more about what this career entails and also gives individuals the chance to hear first hand from service users and/or their families about the service they have received, and hopefully, the value the service adds.

We will be running out next session on Thursday 29th of June, 5:30pm – 7pm at The School House at the Astley Ainslie Hospital.

Please see further information below.

Charles River Modern Apprenticeship

The Chemistry Department of Charles River Laboratories are looking to recruit a Lab Technician and will offer this as a Scientific Modern Apprenticeship. This would suit students who have a keen interest in chemistry and/or biology and have achieved (or are predicted to achieve) qualifications at NAT5 in Maths, English and a Science, and wishes to seek employment rather than full time further education. Anyone interested should contact Mr Kidd in Chemistry who will give you more information.

Room Sharing for Paris/London Trip

Due to unforeseen circumstances today’s trip meeting for pupils did not go ahead. Please attend a trip meeting on Tuesday 30 May at 1.10pm in Mrs Fitzpatrick’s room. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss who you would like to share a room with. If you do not attend you may not be guaranteed your first choice! You are welcome to bring your lunch. Be prompt!

Mrs Fitzpatrick