Medical School Application Guide

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

 

King’s College London

 

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) was formed in 2002, with the collaboration of the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Therefore, a successful applicant to BSMS will have access to the campus facilities and extra-curricular opportunities at both universities. With only 138 students in each year, BSMS offers a close-knit community, where students feel personally supported by staff

 

BSMS offers a 5 year course, with early clinical experience. Phase 1 (years 1 and 2) is based at the Falmar campus, which has modern, purpose-built teaching facilities including an anatomy laboratory, clinical science laboratories and IT suites. The majority of teaching is in small groups, along with lectures, dissection, and some clinical experience in hospital and community placements (25% of phase 1). Anatomy teaching is delivered via a systems-based cadaver dissection experience, conducted in small groups (of around 8), supervised by an anatomy tutor and a number of doctors with clinical experience. Diverse methods of learning are supported by the provision of varied learning resources, e.g. 3D-printed models.

 

Phase 2 (years 3 and 4) involves varied exposure to hospital and community specialties, including a student selected module, where you can choose to focus on an area of particular interest. The final year aims to prepare students for life as a junior doctor, with a student assistantship in hospitals in different regional locations.

 

BSMS also encourage the application of students who have undertaken specific Access to Medicine courses.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5 year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
No. of places
UK/EU - 128
Non-UK/EU - 10
UK/EU - 128
Non-UK/EU - 10
Degree
N/A
2.1
GCSEs
English – B
Mathematics - B
English – B
Mathematics - B
A levels
AAA*
Chemistry – A
Biology – A
(or equivalent relevant degree modules)
Exam
BMAT(**)
(not necessary for international applicants)
BMAT (**)
(not necessary for international applicants)
Interview
MMI
(panel interview for international applicants)
MMI
(panel interview for international applicants)
Work experience
Not essential
Not essential
 
* To include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Level (excluding general studies and critical thinking).
** Must be sat in year of application

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

All undergraduate applicants (UK/EU/International) can apply for a 5-year programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their third year of studies to do an intercalated degree (subject to performance in previous years). The intercalated degree may be a BSc or a Master’s degree, and may be studied at another UK university. Subjects range from a BSc in Neuroscience right through to an MSc in Global Health, so there is an intercalated degree to interest everyone. To see the full list of intercalated programmes available, visit this link: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/undergraduate/our-course/intercalated-degrees.aspx. The teaching methods are varied, with a large proportion being small-group teaching.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

A typical offer for the 5-year programme is AAA at A level, to include Biology and Chemistry. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

 

For GCSEs, students should have a minimum grade B in both English and Mathematics.

 

IB

 

Candidates applying with the International Baccalaureate should have an overall score of 36, including both Biology and Chemistry at grade 6 or above.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The BMAT is required. Note that this test is only valid for one year.

 

The BMAT is not required for international students.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access to Medicine diplomas are accepted.

 

A pass at distinction level is normally required. In addition, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) require students coming via this route to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Mathematics, both to a minimum level of GCSE grade B.

 

Access to Medicine Courses that BSMS recognises:

 

• Sussex Downs College Access to Medicine

• College of Wes Anglia Access to Medicine

• Access to Medical Sciences (SWAP) Kelvin College, Glasgow (formerly Stow College)

• Manchester (MANCAT)

• City and Islington Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences

• Lambeth College Medicine and Biological Sciences Access to HE

• Stafford College/ New College Telford Access to Medicine & Health Professions

 

PRE-MEDICAL COURSES

 

Applicants entering onto a pre-medical course will be required to obtain a distinction overall as well as distinctions in each module. All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and Mathematics GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

 

Pre Medical Courses that BSMS recognises:

 

• The Medipathways Cert HE in Medical Science

• Lancaster Biomedical & Life Sciences

 

Foundation Courses that BSMS recognises:

 

• Birkbeck College Life Sciences for Subjects Allied to Medicine Cert HE (London)

• Bradford University, Clinical Sciences Foundation Year

 

International Students

 

There are 10 places available for international students applying to the undergraduate Medicine programme at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

 

All applicants are also required to have grades B in English and maths GCSE, or if English is not their first language an IELTS of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. This must have been achieved no more than two years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS.

 

The BMAT is not required for international students.

 

International applicants will be interviewed by interview (not MMI); interviews will take place at BSMS or via video-link

 

Note that The University of Brighton offers around 40 international scholarships based primarily on merit. These are currently worth a £4,000 tuition fees reduction for new, fulltime entrants.

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

 

 

Widening Participation

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School considers contextual data from UCAS to review each undergraduate candidate’s application in light of their individual circumstances.

 

Students who fulfil 2 or more of the following criteria will be considered separately from other applicants, and will require English and Mathematics at GCSE grade C.

 

• Live in an area of low participation into higher education, or fall within the lowest 20% of the Index of Mass Deprivation*

• Attended a 11 – 16 state school that performed below the national average at GCSE*

• Be (or a parent or guardian) in receipt of a means-tested benefit**

• Be in receipt of the 16 to 19 bursary**

• Be (or have been) eligible for free school meals at any point between Year 9 and Year 13**. 

 

* Eligibility will be identified by BSMS Admissions

** Eligibility should be self-declared after submission of application via UCAS, and evidence submitted via the BSMS website;

 

Applicants who are (or have been) looked after in Local Authority Care for more than three months will automatically be invited for interview, subject to satisfying academic criteria.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Students may apply for deferred entry, with a good reason or valuable plans for a gap year. Very exceptionally BSMS will consider requests for deferral for one year from applicants who hold an offer.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Registration for BMAT opens from 1 September 2016, and standard entry closes at 5pm (BST) on 1 October. The last registration is 5pm (BST) on 15 October 2016, however late fees will apply. The BMAT takes place on 2 November 2016.

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for the 5-year programme are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

BSMS may consider applications from international students that are submitted after UCAS deadline, but applicants must firstly enquire by email, before submitting a late application (medadmissions@bsms.ac.uk). 

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • If an applicant meets criteria outlined in ‘Widening Participation’, self-declaration and submission of evidence must be completed via the BSMS website

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

To get through to interview stage, candidates are ranked according to their total BMAT score (out of 28), and interviews are offered from the highest score down. For 2016 entry, applicants who scored 16.1 or higher were invited for interview (the BMAT cut-off score varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort). Those with contextual data are ranked separately, with the top 100 ranking candidates invited to interview.

 

Once a candidate is through to interview stage, offers will be made on interview scores only, not previous academic performance. BSMS use the mini multiple interview (MMI) style.

 

The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will be carried out in December 2016, and January and February 2017. Offers will be made to successful candidates in March.

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School do not request a minimum amount of work experience. However, they do expect candidates to be able to demonstrate a realistic understanding of what it means to be a doctor, and the realities of a caring profession; an ability to engage with a range of people; and the essential skills of teamwork, leadership, communication, resilience and empathy. They emphasise that an applicant’s reflections on what they have learnt from an experience are vitally important.

 

Note that documentary evidence of any work experiences undertaken will need to be taken to interview, and personal statements will be available to the interviewers during the multiple mini interview (MMI) process.

 

Candidates applying to BSMS should ensure that their personal statement is not simply a list of activities, and demonstrates

 

  • A realistic attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s point of view
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with respect and dignity
  • A willingness to accept responsibility

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

In the 2015-2016 application cycle, there were approximately 1262 applicants, of whom 514 were interviewed, and 217 offers were made for the 138 places available.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School is ranked 15th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 26th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Both graduate and undergraduate applicants (UK/EU/International) can apply for a 5-year programme, with the option of taking an extra year after their third year of studies to do an intercalated degree (subject to performance in previous years). The intercalated degree may be a BSc or a Master’s degree, and may be studied at another UK university. Subjects range from a BSc in Neuroscience right through to an MSc in Global Health, so there is an intercalated degree to interest everyone. To see the full list of intercalated programmes available, visit this link: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/undergraduate/our-course/intercalated-degrees.aspx. The teaching methods are varied, with a large proportion being small-group teaching

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree

 

The minimum requirement is a BSc 2:1 honours degree.

 

A/AS LEVELS AND GCSEss

 

Graduates must have A level Chemistry and Biology at A grade, or completion of relevant degree modules (it is advisable to contact the university admissions department in advance to determine if the modules in your degree are acceptable in lieu of A level Biology and Chemistry).

 

For GCSEs, students should have a minimum grade B in both English and Mathematics.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The BMAT is required. Note that this test is only valid for one year.

 

The BMAT is not required for international students.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access to Medicine diplomas are accepted. It is suggested that graduate applicants who do not meet the criteria for A level-equivalent knowledge in Biology and Chemistry should consider this route.

 

A pass at distinction level is normally required. In addition, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) require students coming via this route to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Maths, both to a minimum level of GCSE grade B.

 

Access to Medicine Courses that BSMS recognises:

 

  • Sussex Downs College Access to Medicine
  • College of Wes Anglia Access to Medicine
  • Access to Medical Sciences (SWAP) Kelvin College, Glasgow (formerly Stow College)
  • Manchester (MANCAT)
  • City and Islington Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences
  • Lambeth College Medicine and Biological Sciences Access to HE
  • Stafford College/ New College Telford Access to Medicine & Health Professions

 

POLICY ON DEFERRALS

 

Students may apply for deferred entry, with a good reason, or valuable plans for a gap year. Very exceptionally BSMS will consider requests for deferral for one year from applicants who hold an offer.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Register for the BMAT. Registration opens from 1 September 2016 and standard entry closes at 5pm (BST) on 1 October. The last registration is 5pm (BST) on 15 October 2016, however late fees will apply. The BMAT takes place on 2 November 2016.

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry for the 5-year programme are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

BSMS may consider applications from international students that are submitted after UCAS deadline, but applicants must first enquire by email before submitting a late application (medadmissions@bsms.ac.uk). 

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form
  • A transcript of the applicant’s degree may be requested

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

To get through to interview stage, candidates are ranked according to their total BMAT score (out of 28), and interviews are offered from the highest score down. For 2016 entry, applicants who scored 16.1 or higher were invited for interview (the BMAT cut-off score varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort). Those with contextual data are ranked separately, with the top 100 ranking candidates invited to interview.

 

Once a candidate is through to interview stage, offers will be made on interview scores only, not previous academic performance. BSMS use the mini multiple interview (MMI) style.

 

The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will be carried out in December 2016, and January and February 2017. Offers will be made to successful candidates in March.

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School do not request a minimum amount of work experience. However, they do expect candidates to be able to demonstrate a realistic understanding of what it means to be a doctor, and the realities of a caring profession; an ability to engage with a range of people; and the essential skills of teamwork, leadership, communication, resilience and empathy. They emphasise that an applicant’s reflections on what they have learnt from an experience are vitally important.

 

Note that documentary evidence of any work experiences undertaken will need to be taken to interview, and personal statements will be available to the interviewers during the multiple mini interview (MMI) process.

 

Candidates applying to BSMS should ensure that their personal statement is not simply a list of activities, and demonstrates:

 

  • A realistic attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • The ability to appreciate other people’s point of view
  • An appreciation of the need to treat people with respect and dignity
  • A willingness to accept responsibility

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

In the 2015-2016 application cycle, there were approximately 1262 applicants, of whom 514 were interviewed, and 217 offers were made for the 138 places available.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School is ranked 15th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 26th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016.

 

Year 2 student

 

1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

 

"“We have quite a small year group, so everyone knows each other, which is nice. Also, Brighton is an amazing city - such a great location to go to university! My favourite part about the course at Brighton is the opportunity to do full cadaver dissection in small groups, with excellent teaching from an anatomy tutor, and foundation year 2 doctors as demonstrators. It’s a really useful learning experience!”"

 

2. What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

 

"“As it is quite small, you see the same people every day, so there is not a lot of variation in the pre-clinical years. Also, I have found that my accommodation is expensive compared to friends at other universities.”"

 

3. What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

 

"“Go for it! I love it here! We also get an opportunity to do an intercalated degree, and can choose to complete it in another university – there are so many options!”"

 

4. Do you have any tips on how to get in??

 

"“Be calm in the interview. Try to tailor your personal statement to their criteria.” (listed in selection process and interview)"

 

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