University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Medicine with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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The University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School (PMS) Medicine with Foundation Year welcomes students who are not eligible to apply directly to the 5-year BMBS Medicine and Surgery programme but have a strong desire to make a real difference to the care of tomorrow’s patients. For instance: we welcome your application if you are not predicted to achieve AAB grades at A-level but attend a school or college whose A-level results are below average for state-funded schools or you have other circumstances that have had a significant impact on your education. We also actively welcome your application if you are a Refugee, Care Leaver, Romany, Gypsy or from a travelling community and if you are an International student who can demonstrate disadvantage and are in receipt of a bursary from your Country of Residence. Upon achieving a minimum of 60% pass mark on the Medicine with Foundation Year Programme, you will be fully equipped with the skills and confidence to study on our existing forward-thinking 5-year BMBS degree. Having been with us for a year you will be familiar with the way we teach, the staff, and being at a university. In addition, the acclaimed BMBS and University of Plymouth student support structures will ensure that you are well supported in academic and pastoral contexts. The foundation programme also offers you the opportunity to study close to home, a small bursary and time provision/work incorporation to help alleviate the financial barrier to accessing Higher Education and Medicine in particular. Our curriculum encompasses an innovative, holistic approach to enable currently under-represented students to succeed and contribute to a medical profession that is truly representative of the diverse society, which it cares for. The programme incorporates joint biomedical science teaching modules and inter-professional study opportunities in collaboration with School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences. This will help you to develop an understanding of basic biomedical science required for success on the 5-year BMBS programme and of the broad spectrum of medical services and how they interlink across the NHS. The programme will also introduce you to important aspects of social science, study skills and humanities. Through these, you will develop an understanding of the broader needs of the Clinicians and their patients. Study units will introduce you to medical ethics and how this links to medical law. In addition, you will undertake studies on the health of the broader population and consider how these studies are used to predict public health care needs. Throughout the programme, you will develop your confidence, effectiveness in an academic setting, and communication skills enabling you to progress and contribute fully to the 5 year BMBS programme.

Course details

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeA102
Institution code P60
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB BBB to include Biology. The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted in lieu of one A Level.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM BTEC National Diploma in a predominantly science subject area
Access to HE Diploma 45 level 3 credits with a minimum of 45 at Merit or Distinction including a minimum of 15 in Biology
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB BBB to include Biology
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 32 points Including 5 at higher level Biology

5 grade C's (4) at GCSE which must include English Language, Mathematics, and either dual award science or two from single award Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The entry requirements above apply to you if you completed your GCE A levels, or equivalent qualifications, within five years of the start of the application cycle. Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine (A100) course. However, if you meet either the GCSE or A level requirements for A100 but not the other, then you would be considered for the foundation course. This course is aimed at widening participation, and all applicants must meet additional criteria as detailed on the website. We welcome applications from home/EU direct school leavers, students who have not achieved a first degree, and refugees currently residing in UK/EU. All applicants must have achieved the required A levels, or equivalent level qualification, no more than five years prior to submitting a UCAS application.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Medicine with Foundation Year at University of Plymouth - UCAS