University experience for Barnsley A Level students

Rahila, Rhys and Mohammed in the study base at Barnsley Sixth Form College

Rahila, Rhys and Mohammed in the study base at Barnsley Sixth Form College

Three A Level students from Barnsley Sixth Form College have secured places on prestigious access schemes at the University of Sheffield.

Rhys Proud and Mohammed Faizan and are on SOAMS (Sheffield’s Outreach and Access to Medicine Scheme) while Rahila Rafiq gained a place on the ADOPT scheme (Access to Dental Occupations – Practical and Tutoring).

Both programmes are for students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry who may be from backgrounds under-represented in Higher Education and each year the programmes receive hundreds of applications from students across the South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire region. The schemes provide an opportunity to work with current university students, get a taste of the kind of work done on the courses and take additonal A Level revision sessions.

Students who complete the SOAMS or ADOPT schemes are guaranteed an interview for a Medicine or Dentistry course at the University of Sheffield, subject to gaining the minimum required A Level grades.

Rhys, 17 of Meadstead Drive in Royston, said: “I am enjoying the SOAMS scheme; it’s a good way to get experience in the field of medicine and it also helps with my A Level studies through extra revision sessions.”

Rebecca Joyce, Barnsley Sixth Form College Academic Ambition Co-ordinator, added: “Usually only one student per institution is accepted on these programmes so the fact that both Rhys and Mohammed have gained a place on SOAMS this year shows how excellent their applications were. It can be very difficult to get experience in the medical or dental fields so these programmes provide a valuable chance to gain an insight into these careers and prepare for progression to university.”