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Outreach activities for schools and colleges

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Outreach activities for schools and colleges

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is involved a range of outreach activities working with both primary and secondary schools. 

Primary school outreach

The BSMS Widening Participation and Outreach Team works with pupils in Year 5 and 6 in local state schools. We aim to drive educational attainment, raise future aspirations and form strong links between BSMS and the local community. We also support local community events, such as the Brighton Science Festival.  

The team supports the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton with various primary school visits, delivering sessions that are mapped to the National Curriculum, throughout the year.  

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School talks and visits

Pre-pandemic, we (the BSMS Outreach Team) would travel across the country to deliver workshops and attend careers fairs at schools and colleges, where learners may be interested in applying to study medicine. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be unable to deliver sessions and/or attend careers fairs, in-person this academic year (20/21). We are however, for school/college groups of aspiring medics, able to offer a number of online sessions.

These sessions include: 

  • “A journey through the NHS” - suitable for Years 7-13 
    A presentation following a fictional patient from initial consultation through to diagnosis and subsequent treatment, meeting a host of healthcare professionals along the way.
  • “Getting into Medicine” - suitable for Years 10+
    A presentation/workshop demystifying the application process along with some advice and guidance on choosing the right medical school.
  • “Introduction to admissions tests” – suitable for Years 11-12
    An interactive workshop exploring the differences between UCAT and BMAT featuring practice questions.
  • “Introduction to Interviews” – suitable for Years 12-13
    A workshop exploring the various medical school interview styles, considering possible questions types and practicing interview techniques.

Please note we are also running these sessions on a monthly basis. If you only have a handful of aspiring medics at your institution, we recommend signposting them to our Events page. Alternatively, you may wish to work collaboratively with other institutions in your local area and consider joining our hub school programme – see below for further information.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about how we can support you and/or your students, please do feel free to get in touch via outreach@bsms.ac.uk. Similarly, if you would like to us to attend any virtual careers events, please kindly send information to the same email address.

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Hub schools

To increase the accessibility of medicine-specific careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG), the BSMS Outreach team have put together a programme of outreach sessions, that they deliver to aspiring medics from schools/colleges within a particular geographical area. 

A BSMS “hub school” would usually provide resources and organisation for regular visits from the BSMS Outreach Team, as well as facilitate the attendance of learners from other schools & colleges for these sessions. Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including medical admissions, medicine taster sessions and interview practice.  Sessions be delivered by BSMS staff and a number of current medical students where required.

Unfortunately for the 20/21 academic year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to deliver these sessions in person. We are however, more than happy to work with new groups of schools and colleges,  to deliver the programme of online outreach activity. 

For further information on the hub schools programme, please email outreach@bsms.ac.uk.

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