King’s Lynn college course points way to medical careers

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Dozens of students are taking the first steps towards a new career as a doctor or dentist by studying in Lynn, education officials say.

The town’s College of West Anglia branch offers a 10-month Access to Medicine and Dentistry (A2M) programme, which is specifically designed for adult students who are looking to re-train.

And officials say the programme is attracting students from all over the country and abroad.

Biology lecturer Dr Denise Dear said: “Having taught biomedical science at a number of universities and tutored many students from independent schools over the years to assist in medical school entrance, I must say that the A2M course at CWA is a unique gem.”

The course is open to students aged 19 or over who have either not studied for a degree before or who are looking for a change of career.

The course, which runs from September until June, is recognised by around 20 medical schools across the country, including Cambridge.

And, over the last two years, around two thirds of the students who applied have either taken or been offered university places as a result of completing the A2M programme.

Former student Rick Libertini, who is now reading medicine at Keele University in Staffordshire, is in no doubt about the importance of the course.

He said: “The Access to Medicine course changed my life. It is great preparation for medical school.”

Another graduate, Chris Tollington, said: “The course was fantastic. It rekindled my love for science.

“The teaching staff are incredibly encouraging. You get the impression that they genuinely care about your progression to medical school.”

And Moira Hunter, from Essex, left behind her former career as a dancer to take up a place on the course.