Guaranteed interviews for applications for Medicine

If you take a Biomedical Science course at Sussex, you are guaranteed an interview to study Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School if you meet certain criteria.

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What is the guaranteed interview scheme?

We have two competitive schemes for Biomedical Science students at Sussex if you wish to study Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

These schemes are not transfers into BSMS but an opportunity to get a guaranteed interview if you meet the criteria and apply either at the end of Year 1 or after graduation.


Entry after Year 1 at Sussex

Academic requirements

  • GCSE grade B or equivalent in Mathematics and English
  • if English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in all sections
  • AAA at A level, all obtained in one sitting. Both Chemistry and Biology are to be passed at A level with grade A; neither General Studies nor Critical Thinking are acceptable as an A or AS level subject
  • if you have passed the International Baccalaureate, the required level is 36 overall with grade 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology
  • excellent Term 1 class-attendance record
  • a 70 per cent (weighted by module credit) average (overall) for Term 1 modules.

Other requirements

  • you have taken the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application.The results of the BMAT will be used to assess each application and may be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview
  • you have made a UCAS application to BSMS (A100) Medicine by 15 October
  • you have shown some evidence of healthcare-related work experience in your UCAS personal statement.

Timetable

  • nominations of qualified applicants by the University of Sussex to BSMS admissions team in February
  • BSMS interview between late January and March. Interviews would be standard BSMS interviews (approximately 50 per cent success rate) and the interview panel would not know that these candidates were in any way unusual.

Entry after Year 3 at Sussex

Academic requirements

  • GCSE grade B or equivalent in Mathematics and English
  • if English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in all sections
  • a 70 per cent (weighted by module credit) average (overall) across Year 2.

Other requirements

  • you have taken the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application.The results of the BMAT will be used to assess each application and may be used as a final discriminator if needed after interview
  • you have made a UCAS application to BSMS (A100) Medicine by 15 October
  • excellent record for class attendance and assignment submission by deadline
  • you have shown some evidence of healthcare-related work experience in your UCAS personal statement.

Timetable

  • nominations of qualified applicants by the University of Sussex to BSMS admissions team in October
  • BSMS interview between late January and March. Interviews would be standard BSMS interviews (approximately 50 per cent success rate) and the interview panel would not know that these candidates were in any way unusual.

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