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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.  


School talks and visits

BSMS regularly visits schools and colleges across the country to deliver presentations and to attend careers fairs at institutions where learners may be interested in applying to study medicine.

We can run sessions on: 

  • “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.
  • “Personal Statement writing” – suitable for Years 11-12
    A workshop introducing personal statements (specifically for medicine), exploring how personal statements might be used in admissions processes and an opportunity to critique real examples. 
  • “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. 

Depending on dates and times, we may also be able to bring current BSMS medical students to speak with students. If you are interested in a member of the team visiting your school to run one of the sessions outlined or a “bespoke session” please get in touch with us via

Please note that due to limited resources, we are not able to attend every event we are invited to.


Hub schools

To increase the accessibility of medicine-specific careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to students and schools in the South East, the BSMS Outreach team are looking for schools across the region to act as 'Hub Schools' for BSMS Outreach initiatives.

A BSMS 'hub school' will be able to provide resources and organisation for regular visits from the BSMS Outreach Team, and will facilitate the attendance of learners at other schools & colleges at these sessions.

Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including medical admissions, medicine taster sessions, personal statement writing and practice interviews. Sessions be delivered by BSMS staff and a number of current students where required. If the school can facilitate it, we can welcome medical school applicants to BSMS for a mock multiple mini interview.

For further information on hub schools, and to put your school forward, please get in touch with us on or by calling 01273 641841.

Download Hub Schools poster >


International school events - UK medical school experience

For young people in schools overseas looking to apply to study medicine in the UK, BSMS runs the UK Medical School Experience (UKMSE), a three-day event for Year 11 and Year 12 students. Designed to highlight the specifics of applying to medicine in the UK, this event provides advice and guidance focusing on medicine and life as a medical student. Activities, run by BSMS staff and students, will include taster lectures on anatomy and the human body, clinical skills, ethics and more. Additional sessions will focus on the UCAS process and the requirements needed to submit a strong application to study medicine. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in mock panel interviews and a mock multiple mini interview.

Please note, to cover travel and accommodation costs, a charge is levied to the school for this service and a minimum number of participants is required. 

If you’d like to find out more about the UKMSE, please get in touch with Charlotte Smyrk on

View UKMSE 2020 Sample Programme >