Course Comparison

Course BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography with Foundation Ultrasonography BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography with Integrated Foundation Year
Award Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)
Duration 3 years 4 years
Assessment breakdown - -
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement (with placements) (with placements)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider Peninsula Medical School Peninsula Medical School
Entry requirements

GCSEs 

Applicants need to achieve 5 GCSE passes at grades A-C/7-4 which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Plus one of the below Level 3 qualifications, which must include at least one of the following subjects: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

GCE A level

Grades BBC

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits in a Science based subject, to include 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit.

BTEC National Extended Diploma

Applied Science DMM

BTEC National Diploma 

Applied Science D*D*

International Baccalaureate

28-30 points overall including Higher Level 5 in one Science as listed above

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades BBC

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

M2, M2, M3

Other UK qualifications 

Other UK qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the Admissions Team for advice on suitability via telephone: +44 1752 437333 or email: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

All Level 3 qualifications must have been completed 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 these criteria, please contact the admissions team at meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

The typical offers listed above are not necessarily the threshold for selection for interview, which may vary depending on the number and quality of applications received by the faculty.

Extended entry requirements

Re-sit Applicants 

We welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt.  Typically this must be no more than two grades drops or equivalent from the typical standard offer e.g. GCE A level first attempt attainment must be a minimum of CCC. For re-sit thresholds for all other acceptable Level 3 qualifications, please contact the Admissions Team at meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk. All Level 3 qualifications that form part of an applicant’s academic profile for selection must be achieved within a maximum of three academic study years i.e. to include only one re-sit year.

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 meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Military veterans

Applications from military veterans are welcomed and each application is assessed on an individual basis, as we realise that some military courses are not externally validated.

International student admissions 

We welcome and encourage 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. 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.

International applicants need to meet the equivalent admissions criteria described for home students as outlined above. Applicants applying with overseas qualifications should contact the Admissions Team at meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk prior to submitting an application through UCAS. In addition, international applicants need to be fully proficient in English language.  

All teaching at our school is in English, so if you are an international applicant and you do not have a GCSE or IGCSE pass at grade A in English language, or a suitable English as a first language qualification, you must have one of the following qualifications. If you are unsure whether your English Language qualification is suitable, please contact meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band 7.0, or above, with a score of at least 7.0 in each element, taken within 12 months prior to entry.
  • IB score of 5 in English B at the standard level.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 94 or above.

We know that university life is a challenge for any student but especially when you are a long way from home. You will find us friendly and supportive. We pride ourselves on being friendly and supportive, and have a nominated academic tutor to coordinate the induction and academic support provided to international students. International Student Advice (ISA) also provide support and can assist you with any non-academic issues affecting international students. There are also student welfare support and counselling services, wardens and student health centres on hand if you need them.

Students who have an offer of a place should apply a Student visa (formerly Tier 4 General Student). 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.

Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.

GCSE
Mathematics and English at 4/C, plus one of the Level 3 qualifications outlined below which must include at least one of the following subjects: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels to include at least one pass in a Science subject.

International Baccalaureate
24 overall to include English, Mathematics and one Science subject.

National Diploma/Certificate in Dental Nursing
Pass grade in National Diploma/Certificate in Dental Nursing.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma
PPP from a Science related subject.

BTEC National Certificate/QCF Diploma
MP from a Science related subject.

Access
Pass an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, such as Science, Combined Studies, Natural Sciences or Nursing.

GNVQ and AGNVQ
Passes in Science subjects.

Applications from students with non-standard qualifications, including those without Science qualifications at Level 3, are welcomed and are assessed on an individual basis. This programme is also suitable for those returning to study who can offer work or other related experience in place of formal qualifications. Please note that the GCSE criteria outlined above, or equivalent qualifications, are essential.

Military veterans

Applications from military veterans are welcomed and each application is assessed on an individual basis, as we realise that some military courses are not externally validated.

Please note that the typical offers above are not necessarily the threshold for selection for interview, which may vary depending on the number of applications received by the Faculty of Health.


Extended entry requirements

  • English language requirements
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 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.

Contextual entry requirements

For the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography with Integrated Foundation Year programme there are  additional contextual entry requirements. All applicants, in addition to meeting or exceeding the published academic criteria above will need to meet a minimum of three from the following seven contextual indicator options: 

  • POLAR4
    Living in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
  • Indices of Mass Deprivation
    Living in an area categorised as being in Indices of Mass Deprivation (IMD) 1–4 or 20% most deprived as determined by your English postcode. Northern Ireland postcode, Scottish postcode, and Welsh postcode.
  • School type
    Attending or attended a state or scholarship funded school whilst completing your level 3 qualifications (scholarship to fee paying school only) – evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

  • School performance
    Attending or attended a low performing school/college whilst completing your level 3 qualifications e.g. 16–18 performance in the ‘below’ or ‘well below average’ classifications. If you attend a secondary school or college in Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, please contact meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

  • UCAT, EMA or 16–19 bursary
    In receipt of one or more of these bursaries. Bursary entitlement to be evidenced by an official award letter or a school letter submitted at the point of UCAS application to meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

  • Free school meals
    Being in receipt of free school meals – evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

  • In care/care leaver
    Being in care or a care leaver – evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.
  • Returner to study after more than five years.
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. The contextual markers are weighted and this data will be used in order to select suitable candidates for interview

Selection and admissions process

We have outlined our selection and admissions process, providing information from interviews to deferred entry.

Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.