Interested in becoming a future doctor?
Working in connection with Health Education England, we have a dedicated work experience programme which provides secondary school students the opportunity to gain career insight into a variety of specialties, primarily aimed at students whose career goal is to become an NHS doctor.
Our clinical exposure placements are a valuable and required element for all students looking to evidence their experience for UCAS applications to medical school.
We work with 24 local secondary schools and colleges and together with the individual school’s careers advisor, help to promote one-week placements in a variety of departments.
All of our placements are observational (no hands-on tasks) and supervised by a nominated consultant and their team, with additional career guidance and daily support from the Epsom Undergraduate Education Centre.
The weekly placements run from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). No weekend exposure is permitted.
Students should be aware that the following minimum age restrictions apply:
- Placements in medicine: minimum age 16
- Placements in surgery: minimum age 17
- Placements in accident and emergency (A&E): minimum age 17
Work experience applications
The work experience programme is currently on hold in both Epsom and St Helier Hospitals. We aim to reinstate this programme as soon as possible. Updates will be posted on this website.
Work Experience for students who have already received confirmation of a placement in 2019 will go ahead as planned.
Additional information for students
- Step into the NHS (opens in a new window)
Student friendly advice and guidance on the 350 different roles within the NHS with interactive quizzes, real-life stories and videos aimed at students taking their first steps in a career in the NHS
- NHS health careers (opens in a new window)
Informative guidance about planning a career in the NHS
- MSC entry requirements for UK medical schools 2017 [pdf] 918KB
An invaluable PDF guide to the entry requirements for of the UK publicly funded bachelor’s degree in medicine.