PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner (Cardiothoracics) – entry requirements

Our entry requirements

We welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds and study routes. Entry requirements vary depending on which course you would like to study, but usually we're looking for a mix of exam grades, subjects and qualifications. You also need to demonstrate a level of literacy and numeracy appropriate for your course. You can see our full entry requirements on the course pages of our website and the UCAS website. 

Qualifications accepted

We welcome applications from candidates with a range of qualifications, including:
  • A levels
  • BTEC
  • Access courses
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • AS levels
  • Extended project
  • Scottish Qualification Framework
  • Irish Qualification Framework
  • T Levels
  • Core Maths
Plus many more – please see individual course pages for further details, or contact our Admissions Team if your qualification is not listed above.

UCAS tariff notes

Where we express entry requirements in terms of points, these relate to the UCAS tariff. However, many of our requirements are based on the attainment of grades in one or two specific subjects. Our course pages include full details.

Extend your skills

For some courses, you need to have previous grounding in particular subjects to prepare you for the materials covered in the course. Our extended foundation courses are designed to be of interest to students aged over 18 who have not taken A levels or equivalent, mature students who do not have the suitable practical and academic experience for direct entry, or students whose A level grades or subjects are not appropriate for direct entry.

Combine your subjects

You may be able to combine certain subjects as part of a combined honours course. These could be for joint routes or major and minor routes of study. 

A major route subject is usually two-thirds of the course content, and the minor route one-third. All entry requirements are determined by the subject. 

A single honours degree requires a higher level of attainment. Our Admissions Team is happy to discuss your options for combined courses.

Additional entry requirements

For some courses you may need to attend an interview or audition and/or present a portfolio.

For courses where you are working in a position of public trust or safety, such as teacher training, we need to carry out occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) checks. It's important that you declare any relevant information relating to these two checks on your application. UCAS provides guidelines on how to do this.

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Where can I find the tariff score for a course?

Tariff scores are shown on University of Plymouth course web pages in the entry requirements section. They are also shown in our prospectuses against each course page.
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