|BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Foundation (Year 0)||BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science|
|Award||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - BMBS||Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)|
|Duration||6 years||3 years|
|Placement||(with placements)||(+ optional placement)|
|Provider||Peninsula Medical School||School of Biomedical Sciences|
We aim to build a picture of the circumstances that may have adversely affected an applicant’s education and academic potential. When assessing an application we will consider a range of educational, social, family, and individual characteristics and experiences. Applications for this course will therefore only be considered if the contextual entry requirements listed below are met alongside the academic criteria.
Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine (A100) course. However, if you meet either the GCSE or A level requirements for A100 but not the other, then you would be considered for the foundation course.
We welcome applications from direct school leavers, students who have not achieved a first degree and refugees currently residing in the UK. All applicants must have met the entry criteria outlined above no more than five years prior to submitting a UCAS application.
We welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt. Minimum attainment in the majority of cases cannot exceed more than 2 grade drops from our published typical offer. For example: A level candidates applying for the Medicine with Foundation Year need to have achieved BCC in the first attempt. For other qualification re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team at email@example.com. Please note that applicants undertaking re-sits must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for 1 re-sit year attempt only.
Centre Assessed Grades
We appreciate that the past few months have been very challenging, emotional and disappointing due to the unprecedented process in which this year’s Level 3 qualifications have been awarded. With this in mind, the University of Plymouth will be flexible with the way we consider applicants who have been awarded Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs). If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Admissions Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
International student admissions
We welcome and encourage applications from suitably qualified international
students with proven disadvantage who are in receipt of a bursary for fees from
their country of origin. International applicants need to meet the equivalent
admissions criteria described for home students. Please note that from 2021 entry applicants from the EU
will be considered international students for fee paying purposes and may be
required to obtain a visa to allow study in the UK.
All applicants, in addition to meeting or exceeding the published academic
criteria above will need to meet a minimum of four from the following seven
contextual indicator options:
Subject to the quantity and quality of applications received, the faculty reserves the right to refer to additional contextual indicators in order to select suitable applicants for interview. These additional contextual indicators could include being a Carer, Refugee, belonging to a Romany/Gypsy/Traveller community, or being a local resident in the South West of England. Please note this additional list is not exhaustive and is for indication purposes only.
Candidates that meet the necessary admissions requirements, as above, will be invited to attend an interview before an offer is made. The interview will follow our standard BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (5 Year) course selection method. Details of the interview process can be found here.
Selection and admissions process
We have outlined our selection and admissions process, providing information from interviews to deferred entry.
Student Conduct and Fitness to PractisePlease view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.
A level: Normal minimum entry requirements are 112–128 points from three A levels, biology/human biology grade B and one other relevant science subject at grade B, such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, applied science or environmental science/studies. General studies not accepted.
BTEC: DDM Applied Science and Medical Science are acceptable provided they have at least six specialist units in biology and science (mathematics, chemistry and physics) subjects. Please contact the admissions team if you require further advice.
International Baccalaureate: 30 points, including five in Higher Level biology plus five in a Higher Level second science.
IELTS: Overall average score of at least 6.0, with a score of at least 6.0 in all elements.
Access Courses: Pass Access (e.g., science, combined science and medicine) with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction level and come from at least two specialisms, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. The remaining 15 level 3 credits must be at merit from environmental science, psychology, or a science-related subject. Must have GCSE English and mathematics at grade C/4 or above.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
Transfer to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Sciences: Stage two students have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of year-long placements in accredited NHS labs and transfer to BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science after year two. Transfer is not guaranteed, with applicants having to successfully complete a competitive behaviours-based interview, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an Occupational Health (OH) assessment. Students applying to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science degree will need an overall IELTS average score of 7.0 with 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections or a GCSE Grade C/4 minimum in English language.
Placements with NHS employers will be for 40 weeks full-time (or the equivalent of 40 weeks). While on placement, ABMS students complete the IBMS portfolio of competence, and ABMS graduates are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and the protected title of ‘Biomedical Scientist’ for employment in Band 5 positions within the NHS.