Our selection and admissions processes are set out in detail in our Technical Manual
. This includes our Admissions Appeals process.
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 two years of the start of the 2014 application cycle, e.g. qualifications completed since 2012. If you intend to enrol onto the second year of another degree programme, you should consult the guidance on entry requirements for non-direct school leavers.
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-AAA at GCE A Level which must include Chemistry and Biology. A fourth subject must be achieved at a minimum of grade C at AS Level. 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.
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 AA in Chemistry and Biology. A fourth subject must be achieved at a minimum of grade C at AS Level. General Studies at A/AS Level is not included within any offer.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, M1 including Chemistry at D3 and Biology at a minimum of M1. Applicants will be required to pass the Global Perspectives and Independent Research element at a minimum of M3.
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 will be required to pass the Global Perspectives and Independent Research element at a minimum of M3 or a further subject at AS level at a minimum of grade C (excluding General Studies).
Other UK qualifications
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 AAB for Medicine / ABB for Dentistry. For other qualification re-sit criteria please refer to the information contained within our Technical Manual.
EU and EEA Countries Entry Qualifications
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
As part of our commitment to a fair and transparent admissions process, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & 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 Dental Surgery 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 standard in each of the four subtests, plus meet an overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel.
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 is an example of the score thresholds applied during the 2013 admissions cycle as this was the first year that the UKCAT test was applied.Application Cycle
2013 for 2014 EntryVerbal Reasoning
(with standard deviation applied)
: 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.
Non-direct School Leavers
The entry requirements set out in this section apply to you if it's more than two years since you completed GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications, or if you are a graduate or if you intend to enrol onto the second year of another degree programme.
Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & 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
International Student Admissions
International applicants must meet the admissions criteria described for home students. You're invited to contact our Admissions team on: +44 1752 437333
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for advice on which degree subjects may be accepted by Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry and to clarify differences in classification between degrees awarded in the UK and those awarded overseas.
You also need to be fully proficient in the English language. All teaching at the College 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 to entry;
- IB score of 6 in English B at the standard level
- English language requirements
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 & Dentistry friendly and supportive. Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & 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 & Dentistry you should apply under the Tier 4 (General Student) category. Further information is available on the UK Border Agency's website
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