Year 12 students, Beth Bracewell, Aurora Braka and Kyle Mcenery, have taken their first steps to a career in medicine after being offered a place on the prestigious SOAMS programme. 


Run by Sheffield University, this outreach programme offers just a handful of Post-16 students from across Yorkshire the chance to gain a unique insight into a career in medicine. Of the many hundreds of students who applied, the students stood out at interview, where they were asked to share views on ethical issues such as euthanasia, evidence a high level of subject knowledge and demonstrate skills in empathy and communication. 


The two year scheme will allow the students to be mentored by a current undergraduate, attend conferences and workshops on science subjects and soft skills, complete a 5 day residential with clinical practice in a Sheffield hospital and spend time at an outward bound centre to boost confidence and skills in leadership. 


The centrepiece of this unique programme is that the students will be offered a guaranteed interview at the University, with the potential of being offered a place on the popular medicine degree. 


Being accepted onto this hugely competitive scheme is testament to the students’ impressive work ethic and commitment to future studies. 


Assistant Headteacher, Stewart McGill, adds. ‘Ralph Thoresby Sixth Form is renowned for its commitment to finding outstanding opportunities for its learners. We work with numerous universities and the Sutton Trust to ensure every learner has a balance of outstanding grades and experiences that make them stand out in the UCAS process. 


‘I have no doubt that all of the students will gain enormously from SOAMS and will take these skills into future studies.’