Potential High Achievers Scheme

What is The Potential High Achievers Scheme?

In the School of Biological and Marine Sciences we are passionate and committed to both teaching and research and we are looking for talented and motivated students to share in this passion for biology in all its forms. We know that our applicants will thrive in the hands-on environment we can provide, and we want to ensure our best applicants become our future.

  • Are you a high achieving student? Are you being predicted top grades?
  • Can you demonstrate your motivation and do you want to succeed in our world?
  • Do you want to secure your future at university?

The Potential High Achievers Scheme is now open for students who have applied to study, from September 2018, a range of full-time undergraduate courses across the biological sciences subject areas. We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement, in order to offer them a chance to receive an unconditional offer immediately.

If you have received an offer from the University and a letter from the Head of School offering you the opportunity to make this an unconditional offer it is because we believe that you have the potential that we are seeking in our Potential High Achievers Scheme.

All you need to do is make the University of Plymouth your first choice on UCAS. As recognition of the potential we think you have we will then change your offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and plan your move to Plymouth in September.

For more information please see your questions answered.

Who makes the decision?

What will you discover? 

Our research and teaching go hand-in-hand. You will be taught by staff who research a range of areas relevant to your chosen degree, including: 

  • The conservation of the highlands of Peru.
  • The use of microbes in the mining industry.
  • The emotional life of animals and the sex life of tardigrades.
  • Why cats with baby faces are not a good idea and how the medications we use affects wildlife.
  • How a fungus is killing frogs around the world and what climate change will do to life on Earth.
  • Do crabs and anemones have personalities, and why is it important?
  • How can we manage human impacts on marine ecosystems?
  • The importance of ocean currents for cold water corals and other deep sea life.

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Challenge yourself

Students typically have the opportunity to take part in residential field courses, both within the UK and abroad; study marine biology in South Africa, conservation in Mexico, and our native flora and fauna here in the UK. We believe that practical skills gained in the laboratory and on field visits are important for you to move into a fulfilling career.

Take the opportunity to do a placement year at the end of your second year, where you will work with an organisation relevant to your field of study. Students have completed placements on every continent except Antarctica (but you may be the first to make it there!).

All these experiences and challenges will prepare you for employment after your degree. Our students have been successful in moving onto careers in a wide variety of organisations. Where will your degree take you?

Marine Biology Heritage

Plymouth has a long history of Marine Biology with some of the best natural resources and facilities for those studying the field. Our students benefit from our impressive new £4.65 million Marine Station and strong working relationships with the sector. 

"I chose Plymouth because of its world-class reputation for marine biology and its close associations with other institutions, such as the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory." Lorna Dallas

"I chose Plymouth because of the quality of the coastline and also the potential to work with many marine institutions in the area." Maya Plass.

Subject areas

What could you do next? 

Look at where some of our students have undertaken placements and gone on to work for after graduation.


Terms and Conditions

1. Only UK and EU applicants to selected full-time undergraduate degree courses within the School of Biological and Marine Sciences will be considered for this scheme. International status applicants/students will not be considered.

2. Applications are considered based on UCAS application data, including academic criteria being met and the individuals personal statement.

3. Applicants must meet the academic criteria of the course they have applied for, or be on course to receive A level results to meet the minimum entry criteria.

4. Applicants with any other outstanding conditions, for example proof of English language or mathematics, will not be considered for this scheme.

5. Applicants must choose the University of Plymouth as their first choice by 3 May 2018 in order to be eligible to receive an unconditional offer.

6. Feedback is only available on request, and is at the discretion of the School of Biological and Marine Sciences.

7. Applicants who wish to be considered for this scheme, and who have not been contacted directly, must do so in writing to the School of Biological and Marine Sciences Recruitment and Admissions Team before 1 April 2018.

8. An unconditional offer decision is final, the University of Plymouth will honour the offer of a place to any applicants successful in this scheme.