Medical student-selected components

Your medical student-selected component (SSC) will be an important part of your medical training. Find out abou what it is and the diifferent types available.

What is an SSC?

SSCs offer you an element of choice in your 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.

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

When will I do them?

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.

How can they help me? 

The aims of SSCs include:

If you have a future specialty in mind then taking a relevant SSC can really enhance your application for core or specialist training later on. This is particularly true for very popular specialties such as surgery. So it’s important to choose your SSCs carefully.

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