Plymouth University


Peninsula Dental School, part of the University of Plymouth is an excellent place to study. Students will benefit from fantastic facilities such as the Simulation Dental Learning Environment (SDLE). Early patient contact in Year 1 brings to life the skills gained in the SDLE and you will be able to develop your communication and clinical skills.

Interview invites are sent on the basis of meeting the minimum entry requirements and scoring highly enough in either the UCAT or GAMSAT (for graduate applicants). Therefore, Peninsula Medical School is a great option if you have the minimum required grades but not higher, yet have performed very well in the UCAT or GAMSAT, as you stand a high chance of securing an all important interview.

Key Points

  • Early Clinical Experience
  •  Heavy UCAT focus

About the university Compare

Key Information
Phone number01752 437 333
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated/Traditional
The first 2 years focus on your core scientific foundations of dentistry in a clinical context. You’ll be working in small-integrated study groups. From Year 3 onwards there is greater self-directed learning and more clinical dentistry.
Course length5 years
Students have the opportunity to intercalate between Year 3 and Year 4.
Courses offered1 course offered
Undergraduate and graduate entry – 5 years
Graduate entryYes
Graduates are required to sit the GAMSAT entrance exam instead of the UCAT.
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaPlymouth
The campus is located in the city centre, directly opposite the main shopping centre and next to the railway station.
Social lifePlymouth is surrounded by the sea and the spectacular Dartmoor National Park; home to the UK’s first National marine park. With over 120 societies and 55 sports clubs there are plenty of extracurricular activities on offer.
Interview styleMMI
7 Stations lasting 6 minutes each.
Interview datesNovember – January
Interview topics
  • Problem solving skills
  • Potential for leadership
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Communication skills
  • Dealing with stress appropriately
  • Empathy and being non-judgemental
Admissions Tests
UCATYou will be required to meet a minimum overall target score.
The cut-off score for 2019 entry was 2190
The cut-off score for 2020 entry was 2280
UCAT test results will be used along side academic information.
Academic Requirements
GSCEGrades required: 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C/9-4 which must include English Language, Mathematics and either GCSE double award science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology or Physics
A-levelAAA is common
Subjects required: A in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology.
Grades required: A*AA-AAB
Retake policyYes
Re-sit applicants are welcome providing a minimum attainment of AAB has bee achieved at the first attempt.
Scottish highersNot accepted
Scottish advancedGrades required: AAA-AAB
Subjects required: Grade A in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology.
IBGrades required: 36-38 points
Subjects required: 6 in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)Graduate applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT as the entry examination instead of the UCAT.
You must meet the standard entry requirements of A-Level or equivalent.
Graduates who achieve a distinction in Dental Therapy and Hygiene at the University of Plymouth will be invited to join year 2 of the Dental Surgery course.
Applications in 19/20Total number of home applicants: Approximately 410
Interviews in 19/20Total number of applicants interviewed: Approximately 250
Offers in 19/20Total number of offers: Approximately 150
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 2.7
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: Approximately 1 in 1.7

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