Course Comparison

Course BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography with Integrated Foundation Year BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Foundation (Year 0)
Award Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - BMBS
Duration 4 years 6 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

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.


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.

  • GCSE
    At least five GCSE passes (grades A–C/4–9) to include Maths, English Language and either Biology and Chemistry or Double Award Science. Plus suitable Level 3 qualifications as outlined below.
  • A level
    BBB to include Biology and at least one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma
    DDM. Must contain units covering sufficient Biology and another science.

  • BTEC National Diploma
    DM. Must contain units covering sufficient Biology and another science. To be accompanied by GCE A level Biology at grade B.

  • Access to Higher Education at level 3
    45 level 3 credits with a minimum of 33 at Distinction and 12 at Merit, including a minimum of 15 in Biology.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate
    A Pass or grade B in the WB in addition to BB at GCE A Level, which must include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority
    Advanced Higher grades BBB to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Maths.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
    H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include Biology and a second Science from Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology.
  • International Baccalaureate
    International Baccalaureate IB Diploma score – 28–32 minimum including 5 at higher level in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Maths.
  • UCAT
    Not required for this 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.

 

Other UK qualifications
Other UK qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and you are advised to contact the Admissions team on +44 1752 437333 or email: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.


Extended entry requirements


Re-sit Applicants

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 meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk. 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 meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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 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 at least 6.5 in each of the speaking and listening sections taken within 12 months prior to entry.
  • IB score of 5 in English B at the standard level.


Contextual entry requirements

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:

  • 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.

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.

 

Interview

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 Practise

Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.