University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Medicine

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Course summary

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Do you want to make a difference? With patient experience and student satisfaction at its heart, this hands-on, forward-thinking degree from one of England’s top four medical schools will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an outstanding doctor primed for tomorrow’s healthcare needs. Nurturing critical thinking and a caring approach to your medical practice, we’ll help you develop the clinical and communication, teamwork and leadership skills for a top career in medicine. You will benefit from close relationships with our principal NHS hospital partners. You will practise your clinical and communication skills in the safe setting of our Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC), which features specially designed replicas of hospital wards and emergency rooms, with high-specification patient-simulators. You will also learn from real patients from the outset, with clinical placements starting in the first two weeks of year one.

  • Benefit from close relationships with our principal NHS hospital partners – University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital), Somerset Partnership NHS Trust (Musgrove Hospital) and South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Torbay Hospital) – who have helped develop the course and provide wide-ranging placement opportunities.
  • Learn from real patients from the outset, with clinical placements starting in the first two weeks of Year One.
  • Ensure your learning is always current and follows best practice, through the internationally renowned research that constantly feeds into our teaching, to reflect today’s dynamic healthcare delivery environment.
  • Take part in expert-led discussions around clinical case studies and the latest medical science breakthroughs, through our Structured Small Groups teaching approach, including Problem Based Learning. These are also a great opportunity to learn from other students’ knowledge and experience.
  • Practise your clinical and communication skills in the safe setting of our Clinical Skills Resource Centre (CSRC), which features specially designed replicas of hospital wards and emergency rooms, with high-specification patient-simulators.
  • Utilise online systems to support your learning including the student logbook, custom-made for our students to access lecture notes, online assessment systems and lecture sessions.
  • Deepen your understanding of the structure and functionality of the human body with our Life Sciences Resource Centre (LSRC), which includes radiographic imaging and expert-led life science sessions.
  • Choose the subjects that most interest you to study in-depth and build your own interests, specialisms, and research, scientific and analytical skills over the five years of your degree with our Special Study Units (SSUs). There are over 200 to choose from – see a sample list of current SSU titles.
  • See how clinical medicine or research is practised in different social and cultural contexts in other parts of the South West, UK or the world, and further your experience through our elective opportunities.
  • Explore another discipline at degree level – from history of medicine to music, psychology to statistics with management – through our Intercalated degrees. Our BSc Emergency Care – developed with local emergency department/ consultants, is a unique opportunity in the UK to work in and learn about the area of emergency care alongside your medical degree.
More about the Course: A distinguishing feature of this course is early clinical contact and the wide variety of high quality supervised clinical placements in multiple settings including:
  • Community care
  • Primary care
  • General secondary care
  • Specialist and tertiary care

Course details

Modules

In the first two years, you’ll learn the core scientific foundations of medicine within a clinical context. We’ve structured our curriculum around the human life cycle, so in the first year you’ll study human physical and psychological development from conception to old age. You’ll learn from real-life clinical case studies and experience healthcare in a range of community settings, meeting patients and service users, and learning from health and social care professionals. In the second year, you’ll revisit the human life cycle, this time with an emphasis on disease, pathological processes, and the human and social impact of illness and disease. You’ll do a series of placements in a single general practice, enabling you to learn about long-term health issues and see teamwork in action. In your third and fourth years, you’ll learn more about clinical practice and spend more time in a patient-centred learning environment. Completing a series of hospital and general practice-based community placements, you’ll gain valuable experience in a wide range of clinical settings and see first hand how the NHS works as a team to deliver patient care. Year three focuses on three ‘Pathways of Care’: Acute Care, Ward Care and Integrated Ambulatory Care. In your final year you’ll continue working and learning in hospital and general practice settings, further developing your communication, clinical, problem-solving and analytical skills. The three ‘Pathways of Care’ continue in year four with a focus on: Acute Care, Palliative Care/ Oncology and Continuing Care. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeA100
Institution code P60
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Due to the cap being removed from international recruitment for Medicine from 2018 our entry fees are currently under review and will be published when available.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB - A*AA The typical offer is GCE A level grades A*AA-AAB which must include Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Psychology. Your third GCE A level can be from any subject area including humanities, languages, music, sport, science and social sciences. General Studies at A level is not included within any offer. The University of Plymouth are committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply with us. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our admissions advisory panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. The contextual data we may consult when determining to issue an AAB offer include: Living in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 & 2). Attending a low performing school/college e.g. 16-18 performance in the ‘below’ or ‘well below average’ classifications. Significant engagement in either our Peninsula Pathways programme or another widening access intervention. Being in receipt of free school meals. Please note that the typical offer is not necessarily the threshold for selection for interview, which may vary depending on the number and quality of applications received by the faculty.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA - AAB The typical offer is SQA Advanced Higher grades AAA-AAB which must include Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics, and Psychology. Your third Advanced Higher can be from any subject area including humanities, languages, music, sport, science and social sciences. General Studies is not included within any offer. The University of Plymouth are committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply with us. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our admissions advisory panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. The contextual data we may consult when determining to issue an AAB offer include: Living in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 & 2). Attending a low performing school/college e.g. 16-18 performance in the ‘below’ or ‘well below average’ classifications. Significant engagement in either our Peninsula Pathways programme or another widening access intervention. Being in receipt of free school meals. Please note that the typical offer is not necessarily the threshold for selection for interview, which may vary depending on the number and quality of applications received by the faculty.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 - 38 points Must include 6 and 6 at the Higher Level in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics, and Psychology. Other subjects can be from any area including humanities, languages, music, sport, science and social sciences. General Studies is not included within any offer.T he University of Plymouth are committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply with us. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our admissions advisory panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. The contextual data we may consult when determining to issue an 36 point offer include: Living in a low participation neighbourhood as determined by your postcode (POLAR4 quintiles 1 & 2). Attending a low performing school/college e.g. 16-18 performance in the ‘below’ or ‘well below average’ classifications. Significant engagement in either our Peninsula Pathways programme or another widening access intervention. Being in receipt of free school meals. Please note that the typical offer is not necessarily the threshold for selection for interview, which may vary depending on the number and quality of applications received by the faculty.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 Higher level including Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Psychology. Your third Higher can be from any subject area including humanities, languages, music, sport, science and social sciences. General Studies is not included within any offer.

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. Seven GCSEs are required at grades A-C/9-4, including English Language, Mathematics and either Single and Additional Science, or Biology and Chemistry. Applicants applying with overseas qualifications should contact the Admissions Team at [email protected] prior to submitting an application through UCAS

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview

Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)

This test can be taken if your current suite of qualifications do not meet those published for school leavers or it has been more than five years since achieving them.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

This test must be taken by direct school leavers, i.e. those whose school leaving qualifications are within 2 years but have not entered onto the second year of a degree programme


English language requirements

All teaching at our School is in English, so if English is not your first language and you do not have a GCSE or IGCSE pass at grade A in English language, you must have one of the following qualifications: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band 7.5 or above with at least 7.0 in each of the speaking and listening sections, taken within 12 months prior to entry IB score of 6 in English B at the standard level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £21500 Year 1

Additional fee information

* 'Islands' - refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. **Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding web pages.
Medicine at University of Plymouth - UCAS