Peninsula Pathways PLUS

Students who successfully complete the Pathways PLUS programme will be eligible to apply to any of the medical schools that are part of UKWPMED. Successful completion of Pathways PLUS can also be used as one of the WP contextual indicators for the lower offer criteria for either the five year medicine (A100) programme or the five year dental (A206) programme.

Successful completion of Peninsula Pathways PLUS:

  • Completed the five-day summer work experience programme.
  • Participated in the e-Mentoring programme.
  • Attended a minimum of three Pathways workshops.

In order to be eligible to apply to Peninsula Pathways PLUS all applicants will need to meet a minimum of three from the following six contextual indicator options:

  • POLAR4 – Living in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
  • Indices of Mass Deprivation – Living 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.
  • School performance – Attending or 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

  • UCAT, EMA or 16–19 bursary – In receipt of one or more of these bursaries. UCAT bursary entitlement can be downloaded from source. EMA or 16–19 bursary entitlement to be evidenced by an official award letter or a school letter submitted at the point of UCAS application to
  • Free school meals – Being in receipt of free school meals, evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to
  • In care/care leaver – Being in care or a care leaver – Evidenced by school letter submitted by applicant at the point of application to

How to apply to Pathways PLUS

Download our application form and return by email to:


Peninsula Medical School is collaborating with a number of other medical schools to look at ways to get our widening participation programmes recognised at each other’s institutions. The aim is to further support students from a widening participation background who may wish to apply at a university in a different part of the country.

The scheme is called UKWPMED and is open to successful students of widening participation programmes at each of the medical schools in the scheme. This means that if you are registered and have successfully taken part in the Peninsula Pathways PLUS programme you are eligible to apply and benefit from the additional medical schools that are also part of UKWPMED.

At Peninsula Medical School, if you meet the relevant Pathways PLUS criteria, and meet our academic and UCAT threshold, you are guaranteed an interview. If you are made an offer, it is two grades lower ABB than the standard offer.

UKWPMED criteria:

To be eligible for the UKWPMED scheme, Pathways PLUS students will need to have completed the following:

  • Five day summer work experience programme.
  • E-mentoring programme.
  • Minimum of three Pathway workshops.
The UKWPMED scheme is open only to students who apply via UCAS to study medicine in the 2020-21 application cycle and have commenced Year 13 for the first time.

How to apply

To receive the benefits of UKWPMED, you must apply to one or more of these medical schools. You must include UKWPMED in the relevant section of your UCAS application. Read the guidance on this in UKWPMED Scheme Guidance 2020-21 (PDF - 138KB).

Please note that we may ask you to inform each UKWPMED medical school that you have applied to them.

It is important to be aware that we will confirm with each UKWPMED medical school that you are eligible to be considered via the scheme.