Shadowing a DoctorMarch 28, 2012
The Brighton Medical School is associated with the University of Sussex’s medical school and together they produce Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). Brighton and Sussex Medical School is a relatively new school, formed following the 1997 Labour Government election victory. The school gained its General Medical Council license in 2002 and opened to medical students shortly after, in September 2003.
Students of Brighton Medical School benefit from full membership of both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex and are hence able to use the medical facilities of both universities. The University of Brighton is home to faculties of health, sciences and engineering and thereby provides students with the necessary facilities to specialise during their course. The University of Sussex provides biological science and anatomy teaching, being home to the ‘John Maynard Smith’ building which houses the school of life sciences. A medical research building and a genome damage stability and control centre are suited close by.
Undergraduate students spend the first two years of medical school on the split campus based in Falmer. This campus is under the University of Sussex yet is only nine minutes away from Brighton’s city centre. Students at Brighton Medical School undertake a variety of clinical placements, the majority of which are at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Brighton Medical School students benefit from a range of teaching methods including traditional and progressive teaching. Students learn through lectures, practical sessions and group-based learning. Brighton Medical School also makes use of problem-based learning. The school requires students to dissect human cadavers and is more anatomically based than the majority of the other medical schools in the U.K. The school also provides early clinical exposure.
The school accepts around 140 British medical students and ten overseas students. Competition for places is fierce, with around 16 applicants per place. The number of places at this medical school is relatively low in comparison to other U.K. medical schools. All candidates are expected to sit the UKCAT test.
The majority of standard offers for entry onto a Brighton Medical School programme is conditional on achieving 360 UCAS points in three A-levels. Students are expected to have studied at least four subjects at AS-level. Biology and Chemistry are two essential A-level subjects and must be passed at grade A or A*. A third A-level in a rigorous academic subject is required.
Candidates offering Scottish Highers are also welcome to apply to Brighton Medical School. Candidates will require a total of three Advanced Scottish Highers or two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Candidates must have passed Biology and Chemistry Advanced Highers with A grades. The majority of standard offers are conditional upon achieving 370 UCAS points across 18 units.
Successful completion of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to a minimum of four A/AS–levels is acceptable for entry onto a Brighton Medical School program, as is an Irish Leaving Certificate with grades AAAAAA in subjects that include Biology and Chemistry. Candidates should pass a minimum of two subjects at A1 level.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an acceptable entry qualification to Brighton Medical School, providing it is passed with a total of 38 points, to include at least 18 points in three Higher Level subjects. Biology and Chemistry must have been studied to Higher Level at a minimum of grade 6.
Brighton Medical School does not offer an accelerated course of study for graduates. However, it does provide students with the opportunity to take an intercalated degree in Medical Science. This provides the necessary theoretical background for those who wish to combine a career in medical practice with a career in medical research.