Aspiring doctors across Cumbria will get the best chance of success thanks to a new programme launched by Barrow Sixth Form College.
From September, the college will run a specialist programme to support university applications into highly-competitive medical degree courses.
Principal David Batten said he would like to see more students from Barrow Sixth Form College – a partner of Choose Cumbria – applying for medical school places.
He said: “We know there is a shortage of skills in the medical profession in this area and this programme helps to ensure we are responding to that as a key part of this community.
“If our students are considering a career in medicine, we want to help them achieve it.
“We want them to aim high and have fulfilling and successful careers.”
Former Barrow Sixth Form College student Hannah Kolbe - who is now a junior doctor at Furness General Hospital with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust - backed the initiative.
She said: “I’d always placed the idea of being a doctor on a pedestal as something that I couldn’t achieve. After long discussions with my tutors, I realised I could do it and had the confidence to apply.
“I was very fortunate to have such valuable support at the sixth form college to pursue a life which is so rewarding and exciting.
“This new scheme is a great way to explore the idea of medicine as early as possible.”
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