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University of Plymouth

Medicine with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A102

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - BMBS

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB to include Biology. The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted in lieu of one A Level.

45 level 3 credits with a minimum of 45 at Merit or Distinction including a minimum of 15 in Biology

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-32

Including 5 at higher level Biology

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

BTEC National Diploma in a predominantly science subject area

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

BBB to include Biology

UCAS Tariff

120-144

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Medicine

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.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

Peninsula Medical School

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
98%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


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Medicine (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Health professionals
1%
Other elementary services occupations

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