Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is a partnership between the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex along with the NHS Trusts in that region. If you attend this medical school, you will be a member of both universities so you end up with the benefits of both. You will spend the first two years studying at both campuses and the last three years at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and other hospitals across Sussex and Surrey.
The BSMS open days attract a lot of people for a small medical school so you will need to book online. As they had over 1000 visitors last year, you are only allowed to bring one guest. You will get to meet staff and current students and ask them about their experience of the 5 year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) degree. They will be able to tell you all about the small and supportive atmosphere at the school and how this helps you in studying medicine.
The application process and details of the UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) that you will be expected to sit will be explained to you in more detail on the day along with the advantages of studying at BSMS. These include how the course differs from others in that it is more hands-on and patient focused so you will have to learn the social skills of a doctor early on in your degree.
You will go on a full tour of the campus and see all of Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s facilities including the clinical skills and dissection laboratories and the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre. Student accommodation will also be open for you to look at so make sure you take the time to do this as one of these residences could be your new home.
Unfortunately, individual visits cannot be arranged. If you are offered an interview, you will be asked to an admissions day where you can look around the campus and facilities and talk to students.