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.
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.
to include Biology and at least one other science from Chemistry, Physics,
Psychology and Maths.
National Extended Diploma
Must contain units covering sufficient Biology and another science.
DM. Must contain units covering sufficient Biology and another science. To
be accompanied by GCE A level Biology at grade B.
to Higher Education at level 3
level 3 credits with a minimum of 33 at Distinction and 12 at Merit,
including a minimum of 15 in Biology.
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
Higher grades BBB to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry,
Physics, Psychology, and Maths.
H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include Biology and a second Science from Chemistry,
Physics, Maths or Psychology.
Baccalaureate IB Diploma score – 28–32 minimum including 5 at higher
level in Biology and one other science from Chemistry, Physics, Psychology
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 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.
Extended entry requirements
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com:
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.
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:
in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1
of Mass Deprivation
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMA or 16–19 bursary
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 email@example.com.
in receipt of free school meals – evidenced by school letter submitted by
applicant at the point of application to
in care or a care leaver – evidenced by school letter submitted by
applicant at the point of application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
We have outlined our selection and admissions process, providing
information from interviews to deferred entry.
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