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Student Selected Component 1

What is SSC1?

SSC1 is your opportunity at the start of phase 2 (11th September - 24th November 2023) to develop an interest in a field that you are interested in exploring during your medical career.

How often do we have SSC1 teaching?

You will have 10 x 3 hour sessions, which will run in parallel with the AC1 block. Block option sessions take place usually on either Tuesdays (2pm to 5pm) or Fridays (9am to 12 noon) in each week.

What SSC1 modules are available?

Modules for SCC1 may vary from year to year. As of 2023:

Block Options SSC1 Block Lead
Clinical Ethics and Law Dr Greg Moorlock
Digital Doctor

Professor Frances Griffiths

Professor Simon Brake

Expedition Medicine Dr James Gill
Health and Care in Sport and Exercise

Dr Hollie White

Dr Lucy Hammond

Infectious Disease & Tropical Medicine

Professor Mark Bailey

Dr Steven Laird

Intellectual Disability Dr Hayley Crawford
Middlemarch by George Eliot - An Introduction to Medical Humanities

Professor Vinod Patel

Dr Aoife Abbey

Models of Human Disease Prof Karuna Sampath
Obesity - tackling an important health problem Dr Tom Barber
Peer-Assisted Learning: An introduction to Medical Education

Dr Catherine Bennett

Dr Emily Unwin

Quantitative Health Research Methods

Professor James Mason

Dr Mandana Zanganeh

Sleep Health & Society Dr Michelle Miller
Spirituality, Health and Medicine: Treating the Patient as a Whole Person

Reverend Dr Mark Bratton

Reverend Stig Graham

Theories and Practice of Counselling Pauline McManus
Time for Chronomedicine Dr Rober Dallmann
21st Century Reproduction

Dr Erin Greaves

Dr Emma Lucas

Please refer to the SSC1 Handbook to find out more about each block option.

Engagement Criteria

All students must demonstrate satisfactory engagement with the SSC 1 Block Option and have a satisfactory engagement record for the SSC 1 Block Option(≥ 80%). Students who fail to fulfil the engagement criteria will not proceed to Phase 3.


How are we assessed?

All students must achieve a pass mark (≥ 50%) in both the oral presentation and in the written reflective essay in order to proceed to Phase 3.

  • Individual Oral Presentation (60%) → 10 minutes + 5 minute Q&A
  • Written Reflective Essay (40%) → 1000 words+/-10%in length

Advice from Previous Students

The student(s) achieving the highest total mark in each block option will receive a letter of commendation and invited to a Prize Giving Event by WMS. The assessed work of all commended students will be reviewed by a panel who will award the SSC 1 prize and two SSC 1 highly commended certificates.

Kate Clarke (2020 Cohort)

SSC Prize: Winner 2022


How does the allocation process work?

An online form will be available on Moodle around July at end of year 1, in which you will be asked to rank your top 5 preferences. Note that it is not a first-come-first-serve allocation system. You will be allocated randomly via a computerised allocation system. You will then be informed on your allocations by mid-August.

What if you are not happy with your SSC1 module?

Although the medical school stated that: "Changes to allocations will usually not be permitted. Only in exceptional cases you may change your SSC 1 Block Option with the consent of the Academic Lead for SSC and Electives." There have been cases whereby students swap their SSC1 modules choices.

If you have any other queries about SSC1, please feel free to contact the SSC lead - .