University of Plymouth - Peninsula Medical School


Peninsula Medical School, part of the University of Plymouth, is a great place to study. Students benefit from the close relationships with principal NHS hospital partners, as well as the fantastic facilities such as the CSRC – Clinical Skills Resource Centre. You will have contact with real patients from the outset with a clinical placement starting in the first two weeks of year 1. 

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

  • Foundation Year 
  • UCAT Focus 
  • Competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number+44 (0)1752 437333
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional/Integrated
The first two years will focus on your core scientific foundations of medicine within a clinical context. You will start a series of single placements in your 2nd year.
Your 3rd and 4th years will focus more on clinical practice and spending time in a patient-centred learning environment.
In your final year your will be set to apply the knowledge, skills and confidence you have acquired over the first 4 years by working ‘on the job’ so to speak, as part of a healthcare team in action.
Course length5-6 years
A100 - Medicine - 5 years
A102 - Medicine with a Foundation Year - 6 years
Plymouth offer a wide range of intercalated degree options that include both BSc and Master’s options. For more information about these options please click here.
Courses offered2 courses offered
A100 - Medicine - 5 years
A102 - Medicine with a Foundation Year - 6 years
Graduate entryNo
Graduates are welcomed to apply for the undergraduate course, however they are required to sit the GAMSAT entrance exam instead of the UCAT.
Foundation or accessYes
A102 - Medicine with a Foundation Year
University Life
Local areaPlymouth, Torbay and Taunton
Social life
Interview style MMI
7 MMI stations, taking around 50 minutes in total.
Interview dates 3 weeks with dates for 19/20 application cycle
Interviews in the 2019/20 application cycle have expected interview dates are expected to take place in the weeks commencing:
25th November 2019
16th December 2019
13th January 2020
Interview topicsThe interview is structured to assess candidates for the following characteristics:
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Flexibility
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Insight into career
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Ability to deal with stress appropriately
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to refect
It is also important to have knowledge on the values set out in the NHS constitution.
Admissions Tests
UCAT 2020 entry UCAT threshold = 2390
The University of Plymouth use a cut-off/threshold that applicants must achieve in order to be invited to interview.
For 2018 entry = 2400
For 2019 entry = 2330
For 2020 entry = 2390
The threshold moves year-on-year based on the number of applicants, the quality of applications and the number of places available.
BMATNot used
GAMSAT Graduate applicants only
Thresholds are used for the GAMSAT when deciding which applicants to invite to interview. These fluctuate year-on-year based on the number of applicants, the quality of applicants and the number of places available.
In 2019 the threshold scores were:
Overall = 63
Section 1 = 52
Section 2 = 56
Section 3 = 51
In 2018 the threshold scores were:
Overall = 63
Section 1 = 55
Section 2 = 62
Section 3 = 61
Academic Requirements
GSCEGCSE’s only used as minimum requirement
Grades required: 7 GCSEs at grade A-C/9-4
Subjects required: English Language, Mathematics and either Double Award Science, or 2 single award sciences from; Biology, Chemistry or physics.
A-levelA*AA is common
Subjects required: Biology (at A grade) and one further science from; Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology.
Grades required: A*AA (AAB for contextual offers)
Third subject from any subject area including humanities, languages, music, sports, science and social sciences.
Retake policyYes
Re-sit applicants are welcome providing a minimum attainment of ABB has been achieved at the first attempt. For qualification re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team on the email address provided in the contact information.
Applicants undertaking re-sits must have achieved their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than 3 academic years (allowing for 1 resit year attempt only).
Scottish highersN/A
Scottish advancedAAA
Subjects required: Biology and one further science subject from; Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology
Grades required: AAA - AAB With AA in required subjects.
IB36-38 points
Subjects required: Biology and one further science subject from; Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology
Grades required: 36-38 points typical offer with 6,6 in required subjects at Higher Level.
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)No requirements
Graduate applicants must meet the standard entry requirements of A-level or equivalent. Degree awards or classifications are not used to assess an applicant’s intellectual aptitude.
Graduate applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT as the entry examination instead of the UCAT.
Applications in 19/20880
Total number of home applicants: 880
Interviews in 19/20468
Total number of applicants interviewed: 468
Offers in 19/20290
Total number of offers: 290
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.0
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.6


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