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Applying to BSMS

We expect our students to become compassionate practitioners who are really in touch with their patients and committed to the core values of the NHS. You must possess the abilities, the commitment and the personal qualities necessary to become an excellent doctor.

In assessing your application, we will look for evidence of:

  • academic achievement and potential
  • a realistic attitude to medical training and clinical practice
  • a commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
  • the ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
  • the ability to appreciate other people’s point of view
  • an appreciation of the need to treat people with respect and dignity
  • a willingness to accept responsibility.

 

Admissions process

For 2023 admission cycle

Your application must be submitted through the UCAS system at ucas.ac.uk

This allows a maximum of four applications to UK medical schools. Applications must have reached UCAS by 6pm on 15 October 2022.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS >

In 2022, the total number of applicants and the breakdown into home/international:

Total: 2,260
Home: 1,868
Overseas: 392

The total number of interviews and the breakdown into home/international:

Total: 611
Home: 540
Overseas: 71

The total number of offers made and the breakdown into home/international:

Total: 348
Home: 317
Overseas: 31

 

Widening participation and contextual data

Greater diversity within the medical profession is a goal that benefits us all. BSMS is committed to seeking out talented people who have the potential to become tomorrow’s doctors but who may not have considered it as a possibility, thus enabling medicine to better reflect the patient population.

As well as assessing your academic profile, we will also be looking to see whether you meet two or more of our contextual data criteria. If you are identified as meeting any two elements of the criteria below, you will be eligible for our contextual data admissions offer and will be considered separately from the wider applicant pool.

Contextual data criteria

  • You live in a neighbourhood that has low participation into higher education (POLAR 4 quintile 1 or 2) or live in an area that falls within the lowest 20% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019.* 

Check your POLAR4 quintile here >

Check your Index of Multiple Deprivation Decile here > *Once downloaded, please refer to column F for your IMD Decile.

  • You attended an 11–16 state school that performed below the national average according to Attainment 8.* 

Check your school Attainment 8 score here >

You (or a parent or guardian) are in receipt of, or have been eligible for a means-tested benefit.**

See the document link below for examples of means-tested benefits that we would accept.

View our means-tested benefits here > 

  • You are (or have been) in receipt of a 16 to 19 bursary. Read more here > **
  • You are (or have been) eligible for free school meals at any point between Year 9 and Year 13.**
  • You are (or have been) eligible for Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)**
  • You are (or have been) eligible for a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)**

Applicants that have been in local authority care will automatically be invited for interview subject to satisfying eligibility criteria which can be found here and academic criteria. 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities. For information about available support please visit our student advice pages here. If you would like to speak to a member of our student advice team, please email outreach@bsms.ac.uk.

* This will be determined from the information you provide on your UCAS form.

** All applicants will be invited (via email) to upload any evidence of the above criteria after we receive your UCAS application.

If you have any queries as to whether or not you meet our contextual data criteria, you can email medadmissions@bsms.ac.uk.

Find out more about admissions offers for applicants with contextual data >

 

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Entry requirements 

Entry requirements for 2023 entry

A-Levels

AAA to include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Level (excluding general studies and critical thinking). For applicants with contextual data, we will accept AAB.

Scottish Highers

AAA to include Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level.

International Baccalaureate

36 points with both Biology and Chemistry at minimum grade 6 at Higher Level. 

For applicants with contextual data, we will accept 35 points. 

BMAT

All applicants must take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

Full list of qualifications >

FAQ: Entry requirements >

Fitness to Practise >

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BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

We require applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. We believe that the BMAT allows applicants to put themselves in the spotlight; if you have the ability and talent to succeed in medicine, then the BMAT gives you the perfect opportunity to show us, regardless of your background.

For BMAT preparation resources and for more information on how we use the BMAT in our admissions process, including previous cut-off scores, please see the entry requirements page below.

Visit our entry requirements page here >

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Covid vaccination 

The UK government has removed its requirement for mandatory Covid vaccination for healthcare workers but you are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated if you are eligible since individual placement providers may still require proof of vaccination. BSMS will adhere to the requirements of its placement providers and not being vaccinated without a valid exemption could reduce your opportunities on the course or prevent you from being able to complete certain mandatory elements.

Read more about the Covid vaccine mandate here >

Care leavers

BSMS is committed to supporting students that are care leavers. In this section you can find out about the support available, alongside details of the relevant contacts to assist you both during your application and once you have started your studies. 

What do we mean by care leaver?

A care leaver is someone who has spent time in any of the following: 

  • foster care
  • residential care (children’s home)
  • under a Special Guardianship Order
  • supported accommodation outside of the family 

Who is entitled for extra support? 

  • Students need to be under the age of 25
  • To have been in local authority care for three months or more since the age of 11.
  • Studying for their first undergraduate degree

Application process

When you submit your application, we will contact you and ask you to upload documentation to prove that you are in Local Authority Care, or have been previously, for a minimum of 3 months. Once we have established this, and if you meet the academic requirements, we will guarantee you an interview at BSMS.

Details of our contextual data entry requirements can be found above.

Accommodation

BSMS students may live in halls either on the University of Brighton campus, or the University of Sussex campus during their first year. Due to the nature of the course medical students are grouped together in certain blocks on the campuses where possible. As a care leaver you are able to stay in accommodation* for 52 weeks of the year.

Find out details of the available accommodation options here >

*Students may be asked to move to different halls during the summer period due to event bookings on the campuses. For the University of Brighton this may include moving to halls within the city centre or Moulsecoomb. At the University of Sussex, you will remain on the same campus.

Bursaries 

The University of Brighton provides financial support to students starting in 2022 from lower-income families, as well as a Care Leaver’s bursary and Estranged Student’s bursary to eligible students. To find out more information please follow the link below.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BURSARIES HERE >

Hardship Fund

Care leavers are a priority group in receiving support from the universities’ Hardship Fund*. If during your studies, you unexpectedly experience financial difficulties you can make an appointment with a Money Advisor. 
University of Sussex: sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/hardship
University of Brighton: brighton.ac.uk/brighton-students/your-student-life/finances/hardship-funding

*Please note you can only apply to one of the Universities’ Hardship Funds.

You may also be eligible for the Sussex Bursary

Pastoral support

Once you arrive at BSMS a member of our Student Advice Team will be in contact with you to arrange a ‘welcome meeting’ to discuss how you are settling in. They can provide a variety of support whilst you are studying.

Read more about the pastoral support available > 

Useful contacts 

BSMS

For support during the application process please contact: Claire Johnson (Widening Participation and Outreach Manager): c.johnson2@bsms.ac.uk.

Once you have accepted your place with us, or have arrived with us, please contact: Tabitha Ellwood (Student Welfare Advisor): T.Ellwood@bsms.ac.uk

University of Brighton

If you are considering living on the University of Brighton campus, the following contact will be able to provide you with information and support before you arrive - Amy Adams (Outreach Officer): A.R.Adams@brighton.ac.uk or tel: 07792396266.

University of Sussex

If you are considering living on the University of Sussex campus, the following contact will be able to provide you with information and support before you arrive - Melinda Finn (Retention and Progression Manager): M.C.Finn@sussex.ac.uk or tel: 01273 678865.

Other support

Below are links to external website that may be able to provide you with support:
Chances for Children: Buttle UK: buttleuk.org
Become: The Charity for Children in Care and Young Care Leavers: becomecharity.org.uk
The Care Leavers Foundation: thecareleaversfoundation.org
Capstone: Care Leavers Trust: capstonecareleaverstrust.org
StandAlone: Supporting People that are Estranged: standalone.org.uk
The Scholarship Hub: thescholarshiphub.org.uk

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International students

Applicants who are not ordinarily resident in the UK are considered to be international.

Applicants are advised to get in touch with the admissions team directly to see whether they are academically eligible before they apply. All applicants are also required to have grades 6 or B in English and Maths GSCE, or if English is not their first language, an IELTS of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. This must have been achieved within three years of their BSMS enrolment date. 

more about entry requirements for international Students >

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Contact details

Undergraduate admissions enquiries

E: MedAdmissions@bsms.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1273 643528 / 643529 

Room 333/334, Watson Building, University of Brighton, BN1 9PH