|BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery||BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science|
|Award||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - BMBS||Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)|
|Duration||5 years||3 years|
|Placement||(with placements)||(+ optional placement)|
|Provider||Peninsula Medical School||School of Biomedical Sciences|
Direct school leavers
The entry requirements below apply to you if you completed your GCE A levels, or equivalent qualifications, within five years of the start of the application cycle, e.g. qualifications completed since 2015 would still be valid when applying in 2020. If your qualifications fall outside this criteria please refer to the 'Non-Direct School Leaver' section below.
Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C/9-4 which must include English Language, Mathematics and either GCSE Double Award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or Physics.
Plus suitable level 3 qualifications as outlined below.
GCE A level
The typical offer is A*AA – AAB at GCE A level which must include an A grade in Biology and A in one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. Your third GCE A level can be from any subject area including the Humanities, Languages, Music, Sport, Science and the Social Sciences.
If you are looking to apply with AAB
The University of Plymouth are committed to Widening Access (WA) and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply with us. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our Admissions Advisory Panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants will need to meet a minimum of three from the following WA indicators to be considered:
Please note that, within
the AAB requirement, applicants must be predicted or have achieved A in Biology
and A in a second Science as listed above.
The typical offer is 36–38 points overall including Higher Level 6 in Biology and Higher Level 6 in one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology.
Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA-AAB including a grade A in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology.
We are unable to consider Scottish Highers for entry onto this course.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge can be considered at grade A or B alongside A Level grade A in Biology and grade A in one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, D3 – D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Biology and D3 in one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology.
Other UK qualifications
Applicants offering the following qualifications will need to take the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). Please see entry requirements for Non-Direct School Leavers:
Extended entry requirements
Re-sit applicants are considered for this course. Please note that, in order to be considered with predicted grades, a minimum of ABB must be achieved on first sitting. Where ABB is not achieved on first sitting, applicants must re-sit the required qualifications and apply once suitable grades have been achieved. Applicants with re-sits must achieve a suitable qualification profile on first re-sit attempt. For other qualification re-sit criteria please contact the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre Assessed Grades
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 amending the way we consider
applicants who have been awarded Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs).
If you have received CAGs that are in line with our entry requirements, along with the required GCSE and UCAT results, we would encourage you to submit an application as normal.
If you were unsuccessful in meeting the required grades through CAGs, your application will be considered as follows:
Qualifications completed outside of the UK
Please contact the Admissions Team if you have studied outside of the UK so we can advise on the suitability of your qualifications.
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
As part of our commitment to a fair and transparent admissions process, Peninsula Medical School uses the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in order to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for a place on the BMBS programme. UCAT test results will be used alongside the above listed qualifications to select Direct School Leavers for interview. You will be required to meet a minimum overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel.
Please note that the UCAT is valid for 12 months and must be sat in the year of application.
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) threshold score applied to determine candidate selection for interview can alter each year and is influenced by overall candidate performance in the UCAT and the number and quality of applications received. Below are examples of the score thresholds applied during the 2017–2020 admissions cycles and the requirement for 2021 entry.
If you have sat the UCATSEN please be aware that you will need to provide standard evidence of your entitlement to this additional time by submitting the following:
Widening access to Medicine
As part of our commitment to widening access to medicine, Faculty of Health undertakes a programme of outreach activities with local schools in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. For further information please visit our outreach pages.
The School is also represented at the UCAS Higher Education Conventions in the UK.
Non-Direct School Leavers
The entry requirements set out in this section apply to you if your current suite of qualifications do not meet those published above in the Direct School Leavers section or more than five years has lapsed since achieving them. Please note that you do not need to have completed degree level study to sit the GAMSAT.
Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
Peninsula Medical School uses the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) as the entrance requirement for non-direct school leavers. GAMSAT assesses your academic aptitude for the study of medicine. Results from the test are the only academic qualification that will affect the shortlisting process and previous qualifications will not be considered. The results are valid for 2 years.
GAMSAT is a 5 ½ hour written test that assesses your reasoning in Humanities, Social Science, Biological Science, Physical Science and Written Communication. As this test only assesses academic aptitude, if you're successful you'll still need to show us at interview that you have the appropriate personal qualities to train and practise as a doctor.
If you'd like to know more or to register for the test, please visit the GAMSAT website.
Below are examples of the score thresholds applied in previous admissions cycles.
International student admissions
Peninsula Medial School welcomes and encourages applications from suitably qualified international students who are either self-funded, supported by scholarships from their respective governments, or sponsored by scholarship programmes operated by the British Council and similar funding bodies.
If you're an international applicant you need to meet the equivalent admissions criteria described for home students, including the UCAT. Applicants applying with overseas qualifications should contact the Admissions Team at email@example.com prior to submitting an application through UCAS. 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.
In addition, international applicants need to be fully proficient in the English language. If English is your first language, we will accept your home country’s equivalent of a GCSE grade A/8 in English Language providing it is at Level C1 or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by achieving one of the following qualifications:
If you have an offer of a place at the Faculty of Health you will need to apply under the Tier 4 (General Student) category unless you have an alternate visa which allows study or a suitable UK passport. Further information is available on the UK Border Agency's website.
Selection and admissions process
We have outlined our selection and admissions process, providing information from interviews to deferred entry.
For detailed selection and admissions process guidance please review our technical manual for the current application cycle.
Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise
Please 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 a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g., science, combined science and medicine based) with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction level, including 15 credits in Biology and 15 credits in second relevant science such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology. The remaining 15 Level 3 credits must be Merit or above. 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.