Medical student-selected components (SSCs)

This page explains what SSCs are and why they are important. It also lists the types of SSCs available.

The GMC report Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009) states that a minimum of 10% of the medical undergraduate curriculum should comprise optional modules known as student selected components (SSCs).

SSCs may have other titles including student selected units, selected study components, special study units or special and selective study modules.

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SSCs or their equivalent offer medical students an element of choice in their undergraduate studies, either within or beyond the core curriculum.

Each medical school designs its own programme which results in variation regarding the timing and content of SSCs. Some medical schools arrange their SSCs into four or five week blocks, whereas others might be timetabled into one half-day session for a number of weeks.

Some medical schools offer SSCs from year one onwards, whereas others offer them from year two or three onwards. The longer blocks are often timetabled later in the medical degree.

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