Years 9-13 - BrightMed
BrightMed identifies and supports young people from across Sussex who have the potential to become tomorrow’s doctors.
The programme will increase awareness of what it takes to study medicine and healthcare subjects, through fun, inspiring and interactive teaching focused on medicine, health and science.
BrightMed works with students from Year 9 to Year 13. As a ‘BrightMedder’, young people will take part in regular Saturday sessions that involve knowledge sessions, activity days, lectures and seminars. There is also an opportunity to experience life as a student with a stay at the University of Sussex campus during a four-day residential summer school at the end of Year 12.
Please see below for an overview of the types of sessions we may cover when Covid-19 restrictions are not in place – sessions are subject to change.
2020/21 academic year update: Year 9 and 10 cohorts will have 4 online sessions with the hope of an in-person practical skills session in the summer. We also hope that we are able to run our four-day Year 12 in-residential summer school, however, all in-person activity will be guided by government advice with regards to COVID-19 restrictions. Further information will be circulated to participants in due course.
BrightMed aims to instil confidence and develop vital skills in young people, enabling them to submit strong applications to medical schools throughout the UK. Providing advice, hands-on experience and practical exercises allow participants to make informed decisions concerning their future education; an approach that has already had great success. As an example, of the 35 participants in the 2018 Year 12 cohort, 14 applied to medicine with them all receiving one or more interviews, and 11 receiving offers to study medicine.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
Sixth form students that are part of the BrightMed programme may be eligible for a guaranteed interview for the Medicine (A100) Undergraduate programme at BSMS.
Students need to:
Meet the academic criteria required:
- Taking the BMAT admission test in the year of application
- Accepted Level 3 qualifications include:
− Predicted and/or achieved AAB in 3 A-levels including Biology and Chemistry OR
− Predicted and/or achieved AA in Biology and Chemistry A-level plus a Distinction in a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate.
− Predicted and/or achieved 35 points in the International Baccalaureate IB including higher level Biology and Chemistry, one of which must be at grade 5 and the other at grade 6.
- GCSE requirements:
− Predicted and/or achieved at least at grade 5 in English (literature or language) and a grade 5 in Mathematics
Meet the BrightMed criteria requirements:
- Have 75% attendance at BrightMed in Year 11 and Year 12
- Have attended a BSMS student society conference and write a reflective piece on it
- Attend the Year 12 BrightMed residential
- Submit their E-portfolio bringing together required evidence that is explain to participants taking part in BrightMed. Portfolios have to be submitted by 15 October to be considered.
Participants will be eligible to submit only once for a guaranteed interview and must submit within 18 months of completion of the BrightMed residential.
How to apply to BrightMed
Every year BrightMed aims to recruit 80 Year 8 students, who will start the programme at the beginning of Year 9. Often we also have spaces in other years and so would encourage applications from those currently in Year 8, 9, 10 or 11. To be considered for the programme, students will also need to need to meet all of criteria 1 and at least two of criteria 2 outlined below. Students that are in, or have been in, local authority care only need to meet criteria 1. Students that fulfil more of the criteria will be given the greatest priority.
- Academic potential – part of a gifted and talented scheme
- An interest in science and/or medicine and a desire to fulfil their potential
- An interest and commitment to being part of BrightMed
- No immediate family history of higher education (eg, university), excluding siblings
- Currently in, or have been in, the care of a local authority
- Care for someone at home with a long-term disability
- Have an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
- Are eligible for free school meals and/or a 16-19 “discretionary” bursary.
- Family eligible for any means tested benefits (eg, Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit etc)
- Currently or previously attended a secondary school where the attainment 8 is below national average of 46.7.
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- Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to higher education. (Postcodes within the lowest 2 POLAR4 quintiles).
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OR current home postcode shows that you live in area that falls within the lowest 20% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).
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Almost all of the young people we work with have no family background of higher education.
2020/2021 BrightMed applications
Applications for BrightMed will open in April 2021. If you would like to register your interest in applying for the BrightMed programme please complete this online form below and we will contact you when applications open.
Complete the online form here >
Applications are welcome from students who are currently in the following year groups: Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and meet the above criteria. Please note, we have limited spaces for students in Year 10, 11 and 12.
We are currently running the BrightMed programme online due to the current situation with COVID-19. We are hoping that we will be able to run the sessions in person again from September 2021, however we will be following government guidance and also guidance from the University or Brighton and the University of Sussex. Successful applicants will be kept up-to-date as we receive more information on the situation.
Please note: Students need to be living in Sussex to be able to participate in this programme.