University of Plymouth (Foundation Year)


The University of Plymouth is home to Peninsula Medical School. Students at Peninsula benefit from state of the art facilities from the very latest electronic patient simulators and 3D human anatomy models. Teaching takes a layering, spiral-based approach whereby you revisit, and build upon earlier knowledge and skills as you progress through the programme. So once you’ve grasped the core elements, you’ll continually deepen your understanding with new levels of insight, analysis, critical thinking and practical experience. A key feature of this course is early clinical contact, with students meeting their very first patients within the first weeks of the course.

The Medicine with Foundation Year programme is aimed at able students whose education has been impacted by adversity. Using a Problem Based Learning approach, this course begins the journey towards the development of the academic, personal and professional skills needed for a career in medicine.

Please note this programme is only open to applicants meeting specific widening participation criteria. Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year 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.

Key Points

  • Foundation Year
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Optional Intercalation
  • No Admissions Tests

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone Number01752 437333
Course codebest code
Degree achievednon achieved
Tuitionno tuition
Living costsno costs
Course Information
Teaching style Problem Based Learning
Plymouth used an enquiry based learning approach, with small structured groups to discuss clinical case studies. You get early clinical exposure, and will see your very first patients within the first two weeks of the course!
Your foundation year will teach you the basic science required for medical studies, also using a problem based approach. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry to Y1 medicine with no further selection procedures.
Course length 6 years
BSC Yes, optional
Intercalation is offered at both BSc and MSc level
Courses offered 2 courses offered:
A100 Standard-Entry Medicine - 5 years
A102 Medicine with a Foundation Year - 6 years
Graduate entry No
Foundation or access Yes
University Life
Local area Plymouth, Devon
The University of Plymouth is one of the largest universities in the South West, with a main campus located at the centre of ‘Britain’s ocean city’. The city of Plymouth, characterised by its lively community of students, lies within an area of rich geographical and ecological diversity. From the nearby Dartmoor National Park, to the Devon and Cornwall coast – you are never too far away from serenity or adventure.
Social life With excellent national transport links, great shopping and culture, top sporting opportunities, pristine seas and south-coast sunshine, at the University of Plymouth you can live the lifestyle that only the South West peninsula can offer.
Interview style MMI
7 stations
Interview dates Nov-Jan
Interview topics
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Empathy
  • Communication skills
  • Insight into a medical career
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Admissions Tests
    UCAT N/A
    BMAT N/A
    Academic Requirements
    GSCE Minimum requirements: 5 GCSEs at grades A/9-C/4 includING English Language, Maths and either Double Award Science or two Chemistry, Biology, or Physics
    A-level BBB
    Subjects requirements: Biology plus one from Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology
    Retake policy Applications from re-sit applicants are welcome providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt. Minimum attainment in the majority of cases cannot exceed more than 2 grade drops from our published typical offer e.g. A-Level candidates need to have achieved BCC in the first attempt.
    Scottish highers N/A
    Scottish advanced BBB
    Subjects requirements: Biology plus one from Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology
    IB 32 points
    Subject requirements: grade 5 at Higher Level Biology plus one of Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only) N/A
    Applications in 19/20 416
    Interviews in 19/20 138
    Offers in 19/20 58
    Success rate in 19/20 approx 1 in 8


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