Course Comparison

BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - BMBS Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
5 years 3 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Full-time
(with placements) (+ optional placement)
Plymouth Plymouth
Peninsula Medical School School of Biomedical Sciences
Entry requirements

In order to meet the academic requirements for this programme, you must have one of the following combinations of qualifications:

  • GCSE, A Levels and UCAT
  • A Levels and stage 1 of either Biomedical Science or Human Biosciences with the University of Plymouth.
  • A degree programme through the University of Plymouth School of Biomedical Sciences.

View full details on the subject and grade requirements for these qualifications

None of the typical offers listed below are necessarily the threshold for interview selection. Other factors including the number of applications received and performance in the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) influence the threshold for interview selection.

GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in Mathematics and English. Consideration may be given to equivalent qualifications such as Functional Skills.

Plus one of the following:

A levels: 104–120 Tariff points to include a minimum of three A levels, including Grade B in Biology/Human Biology, and Grade C in a relevant second science. General Studies excluded.

Relevant second sciences: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Applied Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, and Psychology.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass an Access to HE Diploma with 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, including 15 Level 3 credits in Biology and 18 Level 3 credits in Chemistry, Maths, or Physics.

BTEC RQF National Extended Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM – depending on the BTEC and units studied. If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application or contact Admissions for further advice.

International Baccalaureate: 26–29 points overall to include Grade 5 in Higher Level Biology and Grade 5 in a second relevant science. English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent at higher level = 4, standard level = 5

International qualifications: We welcome applicants offering a wide range of international qualifications. Applications are considered on an individual basis, depending on the subjects studied.
English language requirements

IELTS: Overall average score of at least 6.0, with a score of at least 5.5 in all elements.

Other qualifications: Applicants with other qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for advice.