Potential High Achievers Scheme

What is The Potential High Achievers Scheme?

In the School of Engineering we recognise that our students are the future of the growing engineering profession. 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 within the School of Engineering. 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?


All our degrees are accredited and designed to prepare you for a career in your chosen field of engineering. We have very close links with industry, meeting regularly with our Industry Advisory Groups. Many of our industry contacts provide placements and visits for students as well as project support and sponsorship. 

A significant number of students who undertake a placement on our engineering courses are offered a graduate job with their placement employer which is a testament to the workplace ready skills our students develop on our degrees. 

The optional coastal pathway allows you to graduate with a degree in civil and coastal engineering; this degree title is unique to the University of Plymouth and can give you an advantage in the increasingly important field of flood risk and erosion management.

Visit of IMechE President Professor William Banks

Putting students first

We have listened carefully to current student feedback and ensure we continue to improve the experience for all our students.

The unflagging support and encouragement of some really great tutors really spurred me on. Their open-door policy meant I was always able to find them when I needed to get advice - and they really helped me to believe I could achieve what I wanted." Lee Davis, now studying for a PhD.

I work with graduate engineers on a daily basis from all over the country and whilst they all have good technical understanding of their specialisms, it’s the graduates from the University of Plymouth that handle the tasks outside of their technical base the best. Ben Rumble, Babcock International Group.

Terms and Conditions

1. Only UK and EU applicants to selected full-time undergraduate degree courses within the School of Engineering 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 Engineering.

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 Engineering, 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.