Student-selected components (SSCs) give you the opportunity within the busy medical curriculum to concentrate on subjects that particularly interest you. They enable you to broaden and deepen your core learning.
At HYMS, you can choose your SSCs from a very wide variety of topics, grouped within three overarching themes: sciences, clinical issues of special interest, and arts and humanities. For students in Years 1 and 2, the current list includes:
SSCs are not an optional extra. They are required by the General Medical Council, and they currently make up about a quarter of the curriculum. As well as the opportunity to study widely outside the core curriculum, they help you to acquire and use research skills, develop greater confidence in your own abilities, and undertake small-scale projects.
They also enable you to work with knowledgeable and experienced tutors, passionate about their subjects. They allow you to express yourself, take subjects that are out of your comfort zone, develop your ability to think critically and challenge other people's opinions. And finally, they can help you develop a particular area of interest which you may choose to develop as part of an intercalated degree.