Brighton And Sussex
Overview of Brighton and Sussex Medical School
There are few medical schools quite like Brighton Sussex (BSMS). They believe in an integrated, practical approach to studying medicine with early patient contact in GP surgeries and hospitals. Anatomy is taught by full cadaveric dissection, allowing you to turn theory into reality.
The medical school is small enough (140 students per year), so that you are able to get to know everyone on your course and each tutor by name. You are considered as part of a team and there is a strong network of support to back you up.
Bright Sussex Medical School is committed to instilling a strong sense of professionalism in its graduates, both in relation to their patients and their peers. With its support and guidance you can become the doctor you need to be.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School Course Structure
The Brighton and Sussex School Brighton five-year medical degree, awarded jointly by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS).
Both universities are part of the UK Medical Act and our course has been approved by the GMC under its Quality Assurance of Basic Medical Education (QABME) processes.
YEARS 1 - 2
You will study the normal and abnormal functioning of the human body and start to develop clinical skills in history taking, physical examination, diagnosis and effective communication with patients in a classroom setting and by gaining experience in primary, secondary and third sector placements. Student-Selected Components (SSCs) will allow you to undertake individual studies and explore selected topics in depth, informed by the latest research.
At the heart of Year 3 are ward-based attachments in various specialities. You will consolidate your increasing clinical experience with an understanding of the underlying clinical, social science and public health issues through weekly teaching sessions on the scientific basis of medicine.
You will develop your skills in more specialised clinical areas, completing several rotations. The clinical focus in Year 4 is on understanding patients’ integrated care and how primary, community and secondary care structures work together for the patient. You will also participate in Time for Autism and complete a year-long Individual Research Project, supervised by a university or hospital.
Your learning will be based on a close involvement with routine clinical cases, acting as a member of the clinical team in medicine, emergency medicine, elderly medicine, surgery, general practice and psychiatry. Central to your study will be the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in these different areas of practice.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School Entry Requirements
For access to medicine: In addition, we require students coming via this route to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Maths, both to a minimum level of GCSE grade 6 or B
AAA to include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Level (excluding general studies and critical thinking). For widening participation applicants they will accept AAB.
36 points overall to include both Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. A grade 6 must be achieved in both. For widening participation applicants, they will accept 35 points total.
Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry with grades A with at least grades A in two additional Higher Subjects. English and Maths requirements: grades B or above in National 5s English and Maths.
Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry.
Brighton University Medicine Admission Tests
Brighton & sussex medical school Brighton score the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3) they then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill our interview places. For 2019 entry, applicants without contextual data who scored 16.1 or above were invited for interview (the cut off score will vary each year).
Please note that we will not consider applicants, without contextual data, whose BMAT scores does not fulfil ALL of the following criteria:
- Section one: a score of at least 3 or higher
- Section two: a score of at least 3 or higher
- Section three: a score of at least 2.5 C or higher
Brighton Graduate Medicine
Expected to have a 1st or 2:1 science degree and be able to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Biology and Chemistry equivalent to A-level. This may be achieved through having studied these subjects to A-level or through relevant degree modules. As part of your academic assessment you will be asked to supply a transcript of your degree. You should note, however, that Brighton and Sussex graduate entry medicine's integrated nature of the degree does not normally allow advanced entry to a different year of the programme.
The intercalated degree is an optional addition to a medical degree. You may choose to undertake an intercalated degree between Years 3 and 4, allowing you to expand your horizons, study a new topic in depth, and work or study for a year at an institution such as BSMS. Please note, intercalation numbers are capped at 40% of the total cohort, with priority given to those without a prior degree.
Foundation Year / Gateway
This International Foundation Year is for international students who want to study an undergraduate degree Brighton and Sussex medicine. This qualification is accepted as an entry qualification to the first year of the following programme: BMBS Medicine & Surgery.
Start Date: September: 2 terms
Entry Requirements: Completion of high school with good grades, equivalent to 5 IGCSE grades A* - C. You will need good grades in subjects such as biology, chemistry, maths and physics. Qualifications in your native language are not accepted.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School Work Experience
Brighton Medical School does not place requirements on the amount and type of work experience a prospective medical student should have. However, they do expect candidates to: have a realistic understanding of medicine and what it means to be a doctor; have had some experience of engaging with a wide range of people and understand the realities of a caring profession and display some of the skills and attributes essential to be a successful doctor.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School Virtual Work Experience
BSMS offer a virtual work experience to understand the NHS and general practice, elderly medicine, mental health, surgery, emergency medicine, palliative medicine and communication skills and reflections.
Personal Statement for BSMS
The personal statement will be used as a guide to determine your understanding of the realities of medicine, your motivation and determination to study medicine, as well as your suitability for a potential career in medicine. It will not be given weighting for your offer to interview.
Medical Interview for BSMS
Multiple-Mini Interview Format (MMI)
They will consist of five discussions, each in a separate breakout room within the main Zoom meeting, lasting nine minutes with a short break between each discussion.
BSMS will assess each element of a discussion as either Excellent, Good, Average or Inadequate, before issuing a mark out of 10. After the five discussions, the candidate will then receive a global score out of 50 (combining their five marks out of 10).
Interviews are held between December and January with decisions made between January and April
- Skills and attributes of a good doctor
- Professional performance
- Genuine interest in the medical progessions
- Address: Room 333/334 Watson Building, Uni of Brighton BN1 9PH
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- Telephone: 01273 643528