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
- BMAT score
- 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.
BSMS is committed to widening participation into medicine, so along with assessing your academic profile, we will also be looking for any contextual data that may enhance your application.
If you are identified as having any two from the following key pieces of data, then you will be considered separately from the rest of our applicants. For these applicants, we will accept AAB at A-level (including Biology and Chemistry); 35 points total in the International Baccalaureate; and English and Mathematics at GCSE grade 5 or C.
- You live in a neighbourhood that has low participation into higher education or live in an area that falls within the lowest 20% of the Index of Mass Deprivation.*
- You attended an 11–16 state school that performed below the national average at Attainment 8 score.*
- You (or a parent or guardian) are in receipt of a means-tested benefit.**
- You are (or have been) in receipt of the 16 to 19 bursary.**
- You are (or have been) eligible for free school meals at any point between Year 9 and Year 13.**
- You have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHC)**
Applicants who are (or have been) looked after in local authority care for more than three months will automatically be invited for interview, subject to satisfying academic criteria.
*Eligibility will be identified by BSMS Admissions.
**Eligibility should be self-declared and evidence submitted via our admissions portal. All applicants will receive information on how to do this after submitting their UCAS application.
We welcome applications from students with disabilities, and the disability and dyslexia team are available to help any students in this situation. If you meet the academic criteria for selection, and indicate on your application form that you have a disability or dyslexia, you will be contacted by a member of the disability and dyslexia team to talk about support available. You are welcome to discuss any concerns that you may have at open days and admission days.