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BM BS degree
See also                                                      Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Biochemistry (p37), Biology (p40), Biomedical sciences
                                                              Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) accepted
and molecular medicine (p42), Medical neuroscience
                                                              its first intake in 2003 and now has over 650 students        BSMS uses a range of interactive
(p109), Molecular genetics (p113), Neuroscience
                                                              across five years. BSMS is a partnership between the          learning tools and gives all third-,
(p117), Psychology (p130)                                                                                                   fourth- and fifth-year students
                                                              Universities of Sussex and Brighton and the Brighton
What A levels do I need?                                      and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Our students       access to personal digital assistants
(Contact BSMS if you have other qualifications)               are full members of both universities and enjoy access        (PDAs) packed with relevant medical
                                                              to the academic and recreational facilities of each.          resources
BSMS offers are made to interview-selected candidates
only. International students may be able to be interviewed    Why medicine?
via video link at a British Council Office. A level offers    Medicine is a demanding profession, but one that
normally require AAA or A*AB grades (360 UCAS tariff          repays the hard work and dedication it involves through
points) to be obtained in three A levels. General Studies     the rich variety of career opportunities it offers and the
A level is not included                                       satisfaction of knowing that you are making a positive
                                                              contribution to society.
You must have studied both Biology and Chemistry,                                                                                    Natalie’s
gaining an A grade in both of these subjects
                                                              Why medicine at BSMS?
                                                                                                                                     career perspective
What else do I need?                                          • 95 per cent satisfaction rate according to the 2009         ‘I’ve just started my first job as a
GCSE grade B (or equivalent) in Mathematics                     National Student Survey (NSS).                              Foundation Year 1 trainee on a
and English                                                                                                                 vascular surgery ward at the Royal
                                                              • Integrated degree combining academic knowledge
Graduate and mature student entry routes are available;         and clinical experience from Year 1.                        Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
such applicants, or those taking Scottish Highers, the                                                                      It’s very different from being a
International Baccalaureate or other international            • Student-centred personal approach to learning with          medical student – the leap has been
qualifications should consult the BSMS website or               small class groups.                                         phenomenal – good, but challenging.
contact BSMS admissions for more information on               • Real cadaver dissection practised as part of the            Now I’m responsible for the patients,
entrance requirements                                           degree programme.                                           ordering the relevant investigations,
You will need to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)                                                                 and I really feel like my opinion is
                                                              • BSMS research features significantly in the
                                                                curriculum. We believe that your decision-making            respected.
Fees                                                                                                                        ‘The five years at BSMS were
Refer to pages 154-160 for information on fees                  must be informed by up-to-date clinical evidence.
                                                                We also encourage our students to present at local,         invaluable in preparing me for my
What scholarships are there?                                    national and international meetings.                        career. There was such a good
A number of bursaries are available. For details, visit                                                                     balance between the theoretical and                          • Wide variety of teaching and learning methods – from
                                                                                                                            practical aspects of medicine, a great
                                                                lectures and small-group work to self-directed,
                                                                                                                            emphasis on the importance of team
Additional Government funding                                   problem-based learning – meaning students with a
For details, visit                                                                               working, and my communication and
                                                                range of different aptitudes can develop a range of
                                                                                                                            presentation skills really improved
English language requirements                                   additional skills throughout their studies.
                                                                                                                            because of all the patient contact and
IELTS 7.5. For alternative English language                   • Combined expertise of two universities and the              clinical skills practice. Now when I’m
requirements, contact BSMS Admissions at the address            Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust.          on the ward I have the confidence to
below                                                           We also work closely with a number of other local           interact with the patients. It means
How do I find out more?                                         NHS trusts.                                                 I get more out of the experience, as
Full details on the curriculum, entry requirements,           • Application of latest technology to aid learning, such      well as finding out more about what’s
eligibility, and admissions are published in the Brighton       as handheld computers for all students who are in           wrong with them.
and Sussex Medical School prospectus, available from:           their third, fourth and fifth year.                         ‘I’d like to keep working in a hospital
BSMS Admissions, Checkland Building,                          What sort of career could I have?                             after my training, perhaps in general
University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH, UK          A Medicine degree equips you with the knowledge,              medicine. BSMS has really given me
E                                    clinical skills and attitudes to complete your Foundation     the knowledge, skills and confidence
T +44 (0)1273 643528                                          training successfully and qualify for registration with the   to really get the most out of my                                                General Medical Council. As a graduate, you are then          career.’
When can I visit?                                             able to undertake the further postgraduate training
BSMS runs three Open Days, likely to be held on 7 and         necessary to become a general practitioner or medical
                                                              consultant in a clinical specialty.                           Natalie Hogg
21 July and 11 August 2010. Consult                                                                          F1 doctor in
for further details and to book a place                       • over 60 medical specialties                                 vascular/urology
                                                                                                                            surgery at the
Applications to study medicine must reach UCAS by             • medical journalism                                          Royal Sussex
15 October 2010                                                                                                             County Hospital,
                                                              • medical management
                                                              • government medical policy
                                                              • medical law
                                                              • pharmaceuticals
                                                              • medical research.

                                                                                                                                         Full details about the curriculum,

                                                                                                                                         entry requirements, eligibility and
                                                                                                                                         admissions are published in the
                                                                                                                                         Brighton and Sussex Medical
                                                                                                                                         School prospectus, available from
                                                                                                                                         BSMS Admissions
                                                                                                                                         T +44 (0)1273 649528

                                                                                                                                         At BSMS, you have the chance to
                                                                                                                                         join in pioneering staff research and
                                                                                                                                         develop projects of your own. You
                                                                                                                                         could conduct your study at the local
                                                                                                                                         hospital or research laboratory – and
                                                                                                                                         you might even find your name in print

            How will I learn?                                                Year 4 includes a medical elective, in the UK or abroad,
            A wide range of teaching and learning methods is                 offering the opportunity to experience medical practice
            employed, with the emphasis throughout on small-group            in a different cultural and clinical setting. Recent
            teaching. The curriculum is designed to develop your             destinations have included India, Cambodia, Peru,
            ability to relate clinical findings to underlying clinical and   Jamaica and the Solomon Islands. You also undertake
            social sciences, and to use information from different           research projects, go on clinical placements in hospital
            disciplines and sources.                                         and community settings, and develop your primary care
            What will I achieve?
            • The degree develops key personal skills and attitudes          Subject to satisfactory academic performance, you
              including learning how to learn and understanding              have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc in
              the need for lifelong learning; reflective practice;           order to study a subject of your choice in greater depth.
              communication and IT skills; working effectively in            This is taken in one year between Years 3 and 4 of your
              multi-professional teams; the personal and ethical             BM BS studies and provides the necessary academic
              attitudes essential for good professional practice; and        background for those wishing to embark on a career
              an appreciation of doctors’ responsibilities to their          combining medical practice with medical research.
              patients, to professional colleagues, to society and to        You might choose neuroscience, molecular medicine,
              themselves.                                                    pharmacological sciences or experimental psychology.
            • You also develop clinical skills in history-taking, physical   Year 5 prepares you for your first postgraduate year as
              examination, diagnosis, and effective communication            Foundation Year (FY) doctors under the Foundation
              with patients. Experience of medical practice in               scheme. It is organised in regional attachments
              hospital settings includes visits to a busy accident and       comprising clinical placements in district general
              emergency unit and other clinical settings.                    hospital and community settings in Sussex and its
                                                                             adjoining counties, including periods spent work-
            • In Year 3, you are introduced to research methodology,         shadowing an FY doctor.
              essential for the practice of evidence-based medicine,
              and join a BSMS, Brighton or Sussex research team to           In Years 3, 4 and 5, you will have access to hand-
              carry out an individual research project in Year 4.            held computers (PDAs), so you can access relevant
                                                                             information resources at the point of need while working
            Degree                                                           on the wards or in clinics. BSMS is a leading medical       A range of learning styles prepares
                                                                             school in the UK in the development of technology-          you for a career in medicine. Among
            Medicine                                                         based learning support.                                     other teaching methods, BSMS
            BM BS, 5 years UCAS Code: A100                                                                                               practises real cadaver dissection, so
            Institution code B74                                                                                                         you can gain a real understanding of
            In the first two years, academic and clinical studies are                                                                    human anatomy
            based on both Universities’ campuses at Falmer. You will
            gain clinical experience in both primary care and acute
            care settings and carry out two individual family studies –
            in Year 1 with a family looking after a new baby, and in
            Year 2 with a family including a dependant requiring
            continuing care.
            Academic studies are based on a series of systems
            modules focused on the normal and abnormal
            functioning of the human body. These include the core
            material that every doctor must know, together with
            student-selected components enabling the exploration
            of selected topics in depth.
            In Years 3 and 4, your studies will be based at the
            Education Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in
            Brighton, and in the teaching hospitals of the Brighton
            and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
            In Year 3, you undertake four eight-week specified
            clinical attachments in medicine, surgery, elderly care,
            mental health or women’s and child health, as well as
            student-selected components and weekly teaching
            sessions on the scientific basis of medicine.
            You also maintain a logbook and personal portfolio,
            which will be used to assess progress, and help you
            reflect on how your personal strengths are developing
            alongside your clinical experience.


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