|BSc (Hons) Optometry||BDS Dental Surgery|
|Award||Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons)||Bachelor of Dental Surgery - BDS|
|Duration||3 years||5 years|
|Placement||(with placements)||(with placements)|
|Location||Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Plymouth||Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry|
|Provider||School of Health Professions||Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry|
5 GCSEs grade C or above to include mathematics, English and science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application and who have achieved at least B grades in mathematics, English and science.
AAA-AAB. Typical offer: AAB from three A levels. Two A levels must come from either maths, use of maths, physics, chemistry, biology/human biology, applied science, or psychology. General studies will not be considered as part of the offer.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma: D*D*D Science profile, must include either Mathematics, Use of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Applied Science, Psychology.
Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed a Science or Mathematics A level in addition to the BTEC Extended Diploma.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma/National Diploma: D*D* and only considered in conjunction with Science or Mathematics A level at grade A.
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.
36 - 34 points overall to include 3 subjects at Higher Level and 2 of these subjects must be at 6 points Higher Level. Subjects must come from either maths, use of maths, physics, chemistry, biology/human biology, applied science, psychology.
English accepted within
If Advanced Level = 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B)
If Standard Level = 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B)
If overseas and not studying English within IB – must have IELTS
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and reading and 6.0 in listening and speaking.
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Science, Combined Science, Medicine) with at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 30 must be at distinction level and come from at least two specialisms including maths, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology. The remaining 15 level 3 credits must be at merit. Must have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.
Please note: Applications are considered on an individual basis with preference given to those applicants with a strong GCSE profile and those with at least 12 months experience working in optical practice. Preference is also given to those applicants for which it is at least two years since the completion of any previous level 3 qualification. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team if you have any queries via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 585858.
For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
Extended entry requirements
Due to the professional nature of this course we are unable to accept applications for deferred entry.
The following entry requirements take effect from the 2018 UCAS application cycle for 2019, and beyond, entry
Direct school leavers
The entry requirements set out in this section 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 2012 would still be valid when applying in 2017. If your qualifications fall outside these criteria please refer to the Non-direct School leaver section below.
Please note that none of the typical
offers listed in this prospectus are necessarily the threshold for selection
for interview. Other factors, including the number of applications received,
and performance in the UK Clinical Aptitude
Test (UKCAT), influence the threshold for selection for interview.
AS/A Level reform statement
GCE A level
The typical offer is A*AA-AAA at GCE A level which must include chemistry and biology. General studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer.
You are required to achieve seven GCSE passes, at grades A-C which must include English language, mathematics, and either GCSE single and additional science or GCSE biology and chemistry.
The typical offer is 36-38 points overall including six in both chemistry and biology at the Higher Level.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Grades AAA including chemistry and biology.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
A pass in the Diploma, plus grades A*A/AA in chemistry and biology. General studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, M1 including chemistry and Biology at D3.
GCE A levels and Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
will be assessed on an individual basis according to the subjects studied.
Chemistry must be achieved at D3 in lieu of grade A at GCE A level. For a
non-science subject a minimum grade M1 is required.
PU PSMD welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt. For example: A level candidates need to have achieved ABB for medicine.
Other UK qualifications
welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has
been achieved at the first attempt. For example: A level candidates need to
have achieved AAB for Medicine / ABB for Dentistry. For other qualification
re-sit criteria please refer to the information contained within our Technical
Please download the EU and EEA Countries entry requirements 2016 (pdf) document.
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
As part of our commitment to a fair and transparent admissions process, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry uses the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in order to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for a place on the BDS programme. UKCAT test results will be used, alongside the academic information contained on your UCAS form 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: If you are re-applying for a second year with achieved grades, you will need to register and complete a new UKCAT test as part of your application.
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) threshold score applied to determine candidate selection for interview can alter each year and is influenced by overall candidate performance in the UKCAT and the number and quality of applications received. Below are examples of the score thresholds applied during the previous admissions cycles.
If you have sat the UKCATSEN please be aware that you will need to provide standard evidence of your entitlement to this additional time by submitting;
Widening access to Dentistry
As part of our commitment to widening access to dentistry, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry undertakes a programme of outreach activities with local schools in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. For further information please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/about-us/university-structure/faculties/medicine-dentistry/widening-access
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 Leaving section or more than 5 years has lapsed since achieving them.
Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry 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 dentistry. Results from the test will be used alongside the other information contained on your UCAS form to select non-direct school leavers for interview. The results are valid for two years.
GAMSAT is a 5 and a half hours 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 dentist.
If you'd like to know more or to register for the test, please visit the GAMSAT website. Although the School does not accept responsibility for the content, you may also find the following leaflet of interest.
Below are examples of the score thresholds applied in previous admissions cycles.
International student admissions
If you're an international applicant you need to meet the equivalent admissions criteria described for home students, with the exception that you do not need to sit the UKCAT test. Applicants applying with overseas qualifications should contact the Admissions Team at email@example.com 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 English is not your first language and you do not have a GCSE or IGCSE pass at grade A in English language, you must have one of the following qualifications:
We understand that university life is a challenge for any student but especially when you're a long way from home. You'll find Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry friendly and supportive. Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry has a nominated academic tutor to coordinate the induction and academic support provided to international students. The international office at Plymouth University also provide support and can help you with any non-academic issues. There are student welfare support and counselling services, wardens and student health centres on hand if you need them.
If you have an offer of a place at
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry you should
apply under the Tier 4 (General Student) category. Further information is
available on the UK Border Agency's website.
Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.
For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.