Medical School Application Guide

 

Plymouth University

 

King’s College London

 

 

The Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry has been in existence since 2000, and the medical course has been developed with the guidance of clinicians at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Having such a new medical school means that students will have access to modern facilities and equipment, such as the Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC), which features specially designed replicas of hospital wards and emergency rooms, with high-specification patient-simulators. Another feature that makes Plymouth stand out for Medicine, is the small course size. Undergraduates and graduates both apply to the one 5-year programme, and the class size is roughly 90 students. Early patient contact is an important feature of this course, and the range of intercalated degree options is wider than most, including not only science subjects, but also subjects such as Music and Psychology. A particularly popular intercalated degree is the BSc in Emergency Care. Teaching is mainly delivered in structured small-group sessions, with elements of problem-based learning. The final year sees students very much as part of the ward team as they prepare for their Foundation Year 1 jobs. Plymouth is located on the South coast of England and the surrounding countryside is noted for its natural beauty.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

5 year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
5-year
5-year
No. of places
92
92
Degree
N/A
No minimum
GCSEs
7 grade A-C
No minimum
A levels
AAA-A*AA
No minimum
Exam
UKCAT/GAMSAT*
GAMSAT
Interview
Panel
Panel
Work experience
Desirable
Desirable
 
*See below

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Undergraduates can apply to a 5-year programme, with the option of intercalating.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

A/AS levels and GCSEs

 

For 2017 entry, the A level criteria will change slightly to align with the A/AS level reforms. The typical offer will be in the range of AAA-A*AA to include Chemistry and Biology. AS levels will no longer be part of this criteria. General Studies is not accepted as the third A level subject. Applicants should have 7 GCSE passes of grade A-C, to include English, Mathematics and Single Science plus Additional Science (or GCSE Biology and Chemistry). Consideration will be given to re-sit candidates who have achieved a minimum of AAB at their first A level attempt. Final results must be obtained within a maximum of 3 years.

 

IB

 

Candidates should have overall scores of 36-38, to include Higher Level Biology and Chemistry to at least grade 6.

 

Admissions Exam

 

The UKCAT is required for candidates who are school-leavers. The test is only valid for one year. However, note that if it has been over 2 years since an applicant completed their A levels, they may instead be required to take the GAMSAT, even if they are not graduates. This exam is valid for 2 application cycles. Note that the GAMSAT is also required for applicants who are applying with certain diplomas (see below). Non-UK/EU applicants are not required to take the UKCAT.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Candidates who have the following qualifications, may apply, so long as they sit the GAMSAT:

 

• BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science

• Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development

• Access to HE Diploma (Science)

 

Other Diplomas

 

The Cambridge Pre-U diploma is accepted with grades of D3, D3 and M1, including Chemistry at D3 and Biology at a minimum of M1. Applicants will be required to pass the Global Perspectives and Independent Research element at a minimum of M3.

 

Widening Participation

 

Medical students and academic/clinical staff at Plymouth are involved in a number of outreach projects to local schools in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. The medical school also runs an e-mentoring programme for Year 12-13 students nationally, to enable them to find out more about the application process, as well as the teaching and learning experiences of medical students enrolled on the BMBS programme.

 

International Students

 

There are 6 spaces for non-EU students on the programme. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

 

• IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)

• GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A

• IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first language)

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at Plymouth.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

Applicants who wish to defer are welcome to state this on their application for consideration.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

For UK/EU applicants, selection for interview is based on a combination of academic achievement, the UCAS personal statement and the UKCAT score. The cut-off UKCAT scores will vary each year, depending on the scores of other applicants applying to Plymouth. Here are the cut-off scores for 2016 entry (note that candidates must meet the threshold in each section as well as the overall threshold):

 

Verbal
Reasoning
530
Quantitative
Analysis
650
Abstract
Reasoning
610
Decision
Analysis
600
Overall (with standard deviation applied)
 
2610

 

Note that international students are not required to sit the UKCAT and hence only their academic record and personal statement will be considered in the selection process.

 

For those applicants who are required to sit the GAMSAT rather than the UKCAT (i.e. applicants who have sat their A levels more than 2 years ago), they must meet the threshold scores in each section as well as overall. This threshold will change annually, depending on the results of that year’s pool of applicants. The UCAS application may also be considered at the discretion of the admissions team.

 

Interview

 

The interview is panel-style and the panel may consist of clinicians, patients and/or members of the public. Candidates should be familiar with, and espouse the values of the NHS Constitution. The following qualities will be assessed during the interview:

 

  • Integrity
  • Veracity and honesty
  • Flexibility
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Pro-social attitudes, for example students who show empathy and who are non-judgmental
  • Communication skills, including listening
  • Potential for leadership
  • Students who show insight into what it is to be a doctor
  • The ability to be a team player
  • The ability to deal with stress appropriately
  • Problem solving skills
  • Students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
  • Reflectiveness
  • Students who demonstrate a suitable approach to life and people

 

Home/EU fee-paying interviewees for the BMBS and BDS programmes will be asked to complete the following two pre-interview exercises, for which they have half an hour:

 

• Complete a written questionnaire, which aims to investigate a candidate’s commitment and motivation to study medicine or dentistry.

• Consider three scenarios, which centre upon contemporary ethical issues related to medicine or dentistry, and select one as the basis for their interview.

 

International fee-paying interviewees for the BMBS and BDS programmes will be asked to complete the following two pre-interview exercises, for which they have half an hour:

 

• Complete a written questionnaire, which aims to investigate a candidate’s commitment and motivation to study medicine or dentistry.

• Read through and familiarise themselves with a scenario that will be used as the basis for a short role-play within the interview.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are 86 places for UK/EU applicants and 6 places for non-EU applicants. There were 1,003 applicants for the 2015 - 2016 entry. There were 248 school leaver applicants interviewed and 40 graduate applicants interviewed with 168 offers made in total for the 86 places.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at the University of Plymouth is ranked 13th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 24th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016, but has gone up to 14th for 2017 entry.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

Graduates can apply to the 5-year programme.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Degree and A levelss

 

There are no minimum degree or A level requirements for this programme.

 

GCSEss

 

There are no minimum GCSE requirements for this programme.

 

IB Eligibility

 

There are no minimum IB requirements for this programme.

 

Admissions Exam

 

Graduate applicants must sit the GAMSAT, which is valid for 2 years.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

Access courses do not contribute to the selection for interview, but if you are considering doing one of these courses to help to prepare for medical school, it is a good idea to contact the admissions department for their recommendations.

 

International Students

 

There are 6 spaces for non-EU students on the programme. If English is not your first language, the following qualifications may be offered as proof of proficiency:

 

  • IELTS band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections (taken within 12 months of entry)
  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language (as a first language) grade A
  • IB score of 6 at the ordinary level in English Language (as a first language)

 

If you are applying as an overseas student and taken qualifications other than those listed above, please contact us by email (enquiries@themsag.com) if you would like more information on the minimum grades needed to be considered for a place in Medicine at Plymouth.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Applications via UCAS for 2017/18 entry are open from 1st September 2016 and close on 15th October 2016

 

Application Documents

 

  • Completed UCAS application form

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

To be selected for interview, applicants must meet the threshold scores in each GAMSAT section as well as in the overall score. This threshold will change annually, depending on the results of that year’s pool of applicants. The UCAS application may also be considered at the discretion of the admissions team.

 

Interview

 

The interview is panel-style and the panel may consist of clinicians, patients and/or members of the public. Candidates should be familiar with, and espouse the values of the NHS Constitution. The following qualities will be assessed during the interview:

 

  • Integrity
  • Veracity and honesty
  • Flexibility
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Pro-social attitudes, for example students who show empathy and who are non-judgmental
  • Communication skills, including listening
  • Potential for leadership
  • Students who show insight into what it is to be a doctor
  • The ability to be a team player
  • The ability to deal with stress appropriately
  • Problem solving skills
  • Students who know their limitations, their strengths and weaknesses
  • Reflectiveness
  • Students who demonstrate a suitable approach to life and people

 

Home/EU fee-paying interviewees for the BMBS and BDS programmes will be asked to complete the following two pre-interview exercises, for which they have half an hour:

 

• Complete a written questionnaire, which aims to investigate a candidate’s commitment and motivation to study medicine or dentistry.

• Consider three scenarios, which centre upon contemporary ethical issues related to medicine or dentistry, and select one as the basis for their interview.

 

International fee-paying interviewees for the BMBS and BDS programmes will be asked to complete the following two pre-interview exercises, for which they have half an hour:

 

• Complete a written questionnaire, which aims to investigate a candidate’s commitment and motivation to study medicine or dentistry.

• Read through and familiarise themselves with a scenario that will be used as the basis for a short role-play within the interview.

 

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

There are 86 places for UK/EU applicants and 6 places for non-EU applicants. There were 1,003 applicants for the 2015 - 2016 entry. There were 248 school leaver applicants interviewed and 40 graduate applicants interviewed with 168 offers made in total for the 86 places.

 

RANKINGS

 

Medicine at the University of Plymouth is ranked 13th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016.

 

It is ranked 24th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016, but has gone up to 14th for 2017 entry.

 

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