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 schools.access@st-andrews.ac.uk. 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: http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/teaching/bsc-hons-medicine/gateway-to-medicine/.

Scottish Youth Parliament Vote

The Scottish Youth Parliament elections are running from 3 March to 17 March. Voting for Scottish Youth Parliament is open for anyone aged 12-25 years and anyone with a Young Scot card. If you don’t have a Young Scot card please see your guidance teacher who can organise you with a number to allow you to vote.

This is your chance to make a change in your community, the people in charge are now listening to us.  It’s time to make our voices heard.

Preston Lodge HS has a candidate running – Morgan Lewis-Wilson 5Go2. If you would like to chat to him regarding any concerns/issues that you wish to raise pass a note to the office which will be passed on to him.

To vote https://goo.gl/zF8ilJ

Please see link below for a short video on how to vote

Teenage Booster and Meningitis ACWY Vaccinations

Consent packs for vaccinations from NHS Lothian are out now for pupils in S3 (and in S4 – S6 who have not yet received their vaccinations).

Every year, pupils in S3 are offered the Teenage booster  to complete their life long protection, through routine immunisations, against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.   Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have not yet received this vaccination will also be offered this.

In addition to the Teenage Booster vaccination, all S3 pupils are recommended to have a meningitis vaccine (ACWY).  This protects against several strains including the W strain of meningitis which is on the increase across the UK.  Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have not yet received this vaccination will also be offered this.

Please read the letter, discuss the vaccinations and return completed and signed consent forms to school by return.

S2 Recipes on sale in the Canteen

S2 Health & Wellbeing classes have been working to develop new recipes for sale in the school canteen. The first two recipes will be on sale this Thursday (19th January). Both main course options. They are based on the use of ‘locally sourced’ foods, so do go along and try out their new ideas. The marketing materials they created will highlight the dishes available on the day.

 

 

HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine

http://HPV page of the Immunisation Scotland websiteConsent packs are out now for HPV vaccine for girls in S1 and S2

The HPV vaccine, given to girls in S1 and S2, protects against certain strains of the human papillomavirus which cause cervical cancer. It is important that you get this protection early enough for it to be effective. So, you should have all the required doses as soon as they are offered at secondary school.

If you receive a consent form, make sure you discuss it with your parent, carer or guardian and return the form to your school as soon as you can.

More information about the programme can be found using the following link to the HPV page of the Immunisation Scotland website. Or you can call NHS Inform for further information on 0800 22 44 88 (8am to 10pm, every day).