Year zero will prepare you to successfully enter and undertake Year 1 of the BM5 programme as the curriculum is well matched to the demands of the subsequent years.
You will learn by understanding principles and concepts and contextualising that learning by applying it in medical and patient focussed scenarios. The curriculum integrates a range of relevant disciplines, encouraging you to learn across levels (cells, tissues, systems and the whole individual).
There are two semesters in Year zero and two modules of study per semester. In each semester there is one module entitles Human Structure and Function and one module entitled Professional Practice.
In Human Structure and Function you will learn aspects of anatomy, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry, in an integrated approach, as applied to selected body systems. Basic concepts of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology maybe introduced where appropriate to facilitate your understanding.
In Professional Practice you will have the opportunity to develop your professionalism and appreciation of some of the demands of a career in medicine. You will have the opportunity to undertake placements in a range of healthcare environments throughout the year to help you develop appropriate professionalism.
The placements will also facilitate development of your skills of observation, recording and communication. Professional studies discussion sessions at the university will help you reflect on your learning, apply theory to practice and produce a portfolio of your placement experiences.
The placements are focussed around projects, the topics of which reflect the three themes of all the BM programmes: Communication, Diversity, and Team Working, Leadership and Patient Safety. In addition you will gain an understanding of some of the key concepts in sociology and psychology as applied to medicine.
Throughout your Year zero there is particular emphasis (both structured and self-directed) of further development of your key skills, particularly numeracy and statistics, information retrieval, IT, team work, critical thinking and study skills.
Students entering year zero do so from very diverse backgrounds and we encourage you to build on your own existing learning. This is aided by you being in a relatively small group setting and a supportive learning environment.
Each semester's learning will be assessed using a range of methods including written examination papers, practical reports, presentations, essays and production of a portfolio. The assessment methods and type of examination questions are similar to those your will undertake in Years 1 and 2 of the BM5 programme and so prepare you for the years to follow.
In order to progress to BM5 Year 1 you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in all 8 components: four of which are coursework and four of which are examinations.
Students who fail in any component will be required to resubmit work in the case of a failed coursework component or take a supplementary examination in the case of a failed examination component.
Students are not normally allowed to repeat Year 0.
You will go out on day placement every other week usually as part of a pair or a group of 3/4 students. Your placement will take place in both primary and secondary care around the Southampton area.
As a student on the BM6 programme you will receive extensive tutorial and pastoral support. The relatively small cohort size enables frequent opportunities for small group work and regular support and feedback on progress.
The BM6 timetable is generally structured across three days per week which allows students an opportunity to carry out some part-time work in order to support their studies.
Students on the BM6 programme are eligible for a Year zero bursary of £1,000 for their first year of study. You may also be eligible for other University of Southampton bursaries. Find out more.
Responsibilities of Southampton Medical Students
A medical student is studying not only for a university degree but also a professional qualification. Upon successful completion of the training he/she will not only have the BMBS degree but also be able to practise as a doctor. The training, therefore, is conducted in an environment that requires medical students to behave throughout their training in ways that are consistent with the principles of medical professional practice. Find out more