Direct school leavers
The entry requirements below apply to you if you completed your GCE A levels, or equivalent qualifications, within two years of the start of the 2016 application cycle, e.g. qualifications completed since 2014.
All of the typical offers listed below are not 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
From 2017, in response to the AS/A level reform, we expect to require three A level passes at a minimum A grade to include chemistry and biology. An additional pass in a fourth AS level will not form part of any offer made. Typical Offers for 2017 entry will be A*AA/AAA. The school will review this policy annually as the position for schools and colleges becomes clearer in this area.
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.
Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C which must include English language, mathematics and either GCSE single and additional science or GCSE biology and chemistry.
38 - 36 points overall including 6 in higher level biology and chemistry.
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
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)
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EU and EEA Countries entry qualifications
Please download the EU and EEA Countries entry requirements 2016.
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 BMBS 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 subtests, plus meet an overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel. Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest. Neither you nor your University choices will receive a score for this subtest. Further information about this new section can be found on the UKCAT website.
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.
Official UKCAT candidate preparation toolkit
Official UKCAT advice and information videos on YouTube
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. Adjacent are examples of the score thresholds applied during the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 admissions cycles. Please note that all thresholds needed to be met.
Application cycle 2012 for 2013 entry
Verbal Reasoning : 550
Quantitative Analysis : 610
Abstract Reasoning : 580
Decision Analysis : 590
Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2560
Application cycle 2013 for 2014 entry
Verbal Reasoning : 504
Quantitative Analysis : 612
Abstract Reasoning : 599
Decision Analysis : 713
Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2671
Application cycle 2014 for 2015 entry
Verbal Reasoning : 520
Quantitative Analysis : 650
Abstract Reasoning : 600
Decision Analysis : 580
Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2600
Application cycle 2015 for 2016 entry
Verbal Reasoning : 530
Quantitative Analysis : 650
Abstract Reasoning : 610
Decision Analysis : 600
Overall (with standard deviation applied) : 2610
Widening access to Medicine
As part of our commitment to widening access to medicine, 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 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 course.
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 medicine. 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 2 years.
GAMSAT is a 5 ½ hour 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 doctor.
If you'd like to know more or to register for the test, please visit the GAMSAT website. 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 GAMSAT information leaflet of interest.
International student admissions
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes and encourages 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.
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 to entry
- IB score of 6 in English B at the standard level
We know 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. We have a nominated academic tutor to coordinate the induction and academic support provided to international students. The International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) also provides 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 under the Tier 4 (General Student) category. 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.
For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.