GMC guidelines for SSCs are given in Tomorrow’s Doctors Paragraphs 94-99:
94 The curriculum must allow for student choice for a minimum of 10% course time.
95 SSCs must be an integral part of the curriculum, enabling students to demonstrate mandatory competences while allowing choice in studying an area of particular interest to them.
96 The purpose of the SSCs is the intellectual development of students through exploring in depth a subject of their choice.
97 SSC learning outcomes must be mapped to outcomes in Tomorrow’s Doctors, and contained within the assessment blueprint for the programme, thus helping to make SSCs transparently relevant and clarify how SSCs contribute to the programme.
98 The assessment of these elements of the curriculum must be integrated into the overall assessment of students.
99 Information on the extent and nature of choice available in each SSC, and details on how they will be assessed and contribute to the overall assessment of students, must be publicly available for prospective and current students.