Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) took in its first intake of students in 2003. The course is five years long with the option for some students to take an intercalated BSc between the third and fourth years, at the end of the course students graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS).
The Course and Assessment
Years one and two
The course at BSMS is an integrated systems course. Over the first two years students will study the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, Alimentary system, Neurology, Reproductive and locomotive systems and Immunology endocrinology. Each of these modules will last 10 weeks and are assessed through an essay and/or presentation on your Student Selected Component (SSC), an assessment based on topics covered in module tutorial groups and a 2 hour 15 minute knowledge test. Each term you will also be assessed on anatomy in the form of a viva. Anatomy is taught at BSMS through a combination of lectures, dissection, living anatomy classes, and imaging practical sessions.
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Throughout the first two years of the BSMS course there is a emphasis on relating what is being learnt to its clinical relevance. There is also a year long clinical module which runs in the first and second years and covers basic clinical skills linked to the modules studied this year as well as communication skills. During this module students will visit a GP practice in pairs once every 3 weeks, they will also go to a department in secondary care once every 3 weeks. In the first year GP partners are assigned a family with a new baby who they visit and observe how the baby develops and how the new baby impacts on the family. In the second year GP partners visit a patient with a chronic illness. The clinical module is assessed through a Portfolio where students have written up every visit they have had over the year, a patient report which is based on the visit to the baby or the chronic patient and OSCE examinations which assess the clinical skills learnt that year.
Years three, four and five
The third fourth and Fifth years are the clincal years at BSMS. The third year starts with a five week long ACE course which teaches the clinical skill needed on the wards in further detail for example canulation. There is a focus on Anaethesia, Critical care and Emergency Medicine (ACE) and areas of these speciaties are covered through lectures and practical teaching sessions. After this 5 week training course students undertake a four eight week rotations through Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics and Mental health and Elderly care. During these rotations more is learnt about the examination and specific clinical skills associated with the specialty. Throughout the third year there is also a year long course "The Scientific Basis of Medicine" which covers many areas of the underlying science in more detail than in the first and second years. There are also Student Selected components which are undertaken throughout the year. There is an option for some students to take an intercalated degree between the third and fouth years.
The Fourth year starts with an eight week long elective where students go to experiance medicine is a different setting. This can be anywhere in the UK aswell as most places in the world. On the return the students go through specialist rotation in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery, Oncology, Haematology & Palliative Care, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Dermatology, Ophthalmology/ENT and Infectious Diseases & HIV/GUM. There is also the opportunity to engage in research through a year long research project.
In the fifth year there are two regional attachments as well as a module on the emergency patients. There is also a longer module on Professional and clinical studies on the line to prepare students for life as an F1 and F2.
Between the third and the fourth year there is an option to do an intercalated degree. There are a range of degrees which are offered at both Brighton and Sussex universities in subjects ranging from Psychology to molecular medicine. Students also have the option to apply to courses at other universities.
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BSMS and Brighton
BSMS is part of the Universities of Brighton and of Sussex, students are members of the unions of both universities. As a full member of both universities students are can attend social events of both and get the discounts that are specific for either university (for instance reduced membership of the gym near paddock fields accomadation that Brighton university students are eligible to apply for). In the first two years students are taught on the Brighton Falmer campus and on the Sussex Campus. BSMS is a small medical school with a friendly atmosphere, although the first intake have just started their 5th year there is already a thriving medical society with sports teams, a history of medicine society, wilderness medicine society and many others. This year the BSMS held its first ever 'Medic revue' (a medically based comedy show) and previously there has been an annual summer cabaret, the first ever BSMS ski trip is also occuring over new year - events such as these and the societys allow intergration between the different year groups.
As it is a new medical school, students have a real opportunity to have an impact of the course structure and social events by their feedback.
Brighton is simply the best place to be a student - it has the unique laines and Churchill Square for shopping, art gallaries and theatres for those interested in cultures, a range of venues for concerts and above all a thriving nightlife!! Read the student guide to the ciy of Brighton for more details on what the city is like.
Applying to BSMS
Thinking of applying to BSMS? Why not read some Personal Statements which were used for applying here?
The only formal requirements that BSMS places on GCSE grades are that applicants must have a grade B in English and Maths. If English is not your first language then you must have some formal evidence of fluency such as a IELTS score of over 7.5.
You will require at least three A levels not including general studies or critical thinking. Both Biology and Chemistry must be studied at AS level with one of them at A2. The standard offer is AAA or A*AB with an A in either Biology and Chemistry though an exceptional interview performance can lead to a lower offer.
If you are applying with highers you will need either two advanced highers and two highers or three advanced highers. Biology and Chemistry must both be studied at higher level with at least one of them carried on to advanced highers. Most offers are 240 ucas points form 18 units with either biology of chemistry having a grade A.
You will need to have a 37 point average with 17 points coming from higher level subjects. Biology and Chemistry both must be studied to standard levels with one of them studied at higher level. If you have only studied either biology or chemistry to standard level 5 points are expected.
Irish leaving Certificate
You need to have at least AAAAAB in your leaving cirtificate including Biology and chemistry. You need to pass two of your subjects at A1 level.
Other BSMS Articles
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