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.
The school reserves the right to use all information on the UCAS form including evidence of social engagement and insight into dentistry in the selection process for interview.
GCE A level
The typical offer is A*AA – AAB at GCE A level which must include an A grade in biology and 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.
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. The contextual data
we will consult when determining to issue an AAB offer are listed below.
Applicants will need to meet a minimum of three from the following WA
indicators to be considered.
- Living in a low participation neighbourhood as
determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 & 2).
- Living in an area categorised as being in Indices of Mass Depravation (IMD) 1 – 4 or 20% most deprived as determined by your English postcode. Northern Ireland postcode,
Scottish postcode, and Welsh postcode.
- Attending a low performing school/college in England 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In receipt of a UKCAT bursary
– the admissions team will receive this data directly from UKCAT.
- Being in receipt of free school meals - evidenced by a letter from your
school or college submitted at the point of application to email@example.com.
- Significant engagement in either our Peninsula Pathways programme or another widening access intervention.
Please note that the typical offer is not necessarily the threshold for selection for
interview, which may vary depending on the number and quality of applications
received by the faculty.GCSEs
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.International Baccalaureate
The typical offer is 36-38 points overall including six in biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology at the Higher Level.Scottish Advanced Highers
Grades AAA-AAB including a grade A in biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology.Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
A pass in the Diploma, plus grades A*A/AA in biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology. General studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer.Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, M1 including biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology at D3.GCE A levels and Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
Applications 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.
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:
- BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science
- Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development
- Access to HE Diploma (Science)
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
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 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 dentistry in the first attempt. For other qualification
re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
EU and EEA Countries entry qualifications
Please download the EU and EEA Countries entry requirements 2016 (pdf)
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
part of our commitment to a fair and transparent admissions process, the Faculty 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.
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.
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.
| Year of entry
|| Verbal reasoning
|| Quantitive analysis
|| Abstract reasoning
|| Decision analysis
| 2014 entry
| 2015 entry
| 2016 entry
| 2018 entry
| 2019 entry
The Peninsula Dental School
will again be applying an overall target score methodology in this application cycle for entry next September to facilitate selection for interview. We do
not currently include the SJT banding score.
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;
- If still in education, an official letter from your
school, college, University that states that on the basis of a diagnosis from a
qualified medical practitioner, educational psychologist or specialist teacher
the candidate is currently entitled to additional time in public examinations
(or have had additional time in public examinations within the last 2 years);
- If you are no longer in education, a post-16 year’s
diagnosis or report from a qualified medical practitioner or educational
psychologist that explicitly recommends additional time in public examinations.
access to Dentistry
As part of our commitment to widening access to
dentistry, the Faculty 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
The Faculty 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.
|| 2013 entry
|| 2014 entry
|| 2015 entry
|| 2016 entry
|| 2017 entry
|| 2018 entry
| Section 1
| Section 2
| Section 3
from the University of Plymouth BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene (DTH), who
achieve a distinction, are invited to apply to join Year 2 of the Bachelor of
Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. This entry route is valid for two years
post BSc completion and all applications must be submitted through UCAS between
1 September and 15 October. All eligible applicants
will be subject to the standard selection interview for the BDS course and
all offers will be conditional. For DTH graduates who do not achieve a
distinction the current process, which requires you to sit the GAMSAT exam to
apply to join Year 1 of the BDS course, will remain.
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:
- International English
Language Testing System (IELTS) band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in
each of the speaking and listening sections, taken within 12 months prior
- IB score of 6 in English
B at the standard level
We understand that university life
is a challenge for any student but especially when you're a long way from home.
You'll find the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
friendly and supportive. The Faculty of Medicine and
Dentistry has a nominated academic tutor to coordinate the induction and
academic support provided to international students. The international
office at the University of Plymouth 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
If you have an offer of a place at
the Faculty 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.
For detailed selection and admissions process guidance please review our technical manual for the current application cycle
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.