Barts and The London, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Year 1 SSC1: Student Selected Component (SSC)


The Student Selected Component (SSC) part of the curriculum has been developed to allow students to exercise a degree of choice in their medical education and provides students with a progressive programme of study which develops, integrates and reinforces transferable and other skills each year whilst fulfilling the key requirements of “Promoting excellence: Standards for medical education and training”, (General Medical council, 2015); this states that students must have “the opportunity to choose areas they are interested in studying while demonstrating the learning outcomes required for graduates.”. 

The SSCs offer less clinical choice, compared to later years. Students also have the option to undertake dissection (which is no longer a component of the core curriculum).

Students also have the opportunity to self organise their own SSC during the relevant SSC period, in an area that interests them and which they wish to explore further, indeed we encourage this approach.

In Year 1 the students undertake three SSCs.