Find out what it’s like to work in a hospital 

Are you interested in a healthcare career in a hospital? The University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton are offering students in Years 12 and 13 the opportunity to apply for live virtual work experience.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School also offers virtual work experience without any application.

At the University of Southampton, a typical timetable usually includes: 

  • Operating theatre
  • Ward rounds
  • Outpatient clinic
  • Wessex Investigational Sciences Hub (WISH) laboratory
  • Apprenticeship opportunities 
  • A chance to to speak to current medical students 
  • Meeting a variety of clinicians representing pharmacology, health sciences, histopathology, cardiac physiology and more. 

The programme is always subject to change depending on the day-to-day work of the hospital. Students are expected to treat this experience like a face-to-face work experience placement. Anyone who is late or fails to attend sessions may be removed from the programme. Please ensure you are available for all days before you apply. 

Usually, the programme is delivered online between 9am and 4pm. The application form links open at various dates:

This programme is open to all UK students. Some places are set aside for students who meet two or more widening participation criteria.

Previous students say: “Throughout the work experience I was aware of the challenges facing doctors when working long hours and facing stressful situations. But speaking to the doctors and hearing them overcoming these obstacles, really inspired me. I understand that a career in medicine will not be easy but after my work experience, I am even more determined and motivated to pursue a career in this rewarding field,” Fizra

”The outpatient clinic session was a great way to see the doctor-patient interactions since it made me feel like I was there with the patients. During those virtual career experience days, I met many different healthcare professionals who were highly inspirational to me since they gave me a feel of all the various careers in healthcare. Meeting all those professionals made me realise that I shouldn’t limit myself to only one job and encouraged me to research more about the different career paths,” Lilian.

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