Plymouth University
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: P60
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes
Applicants: 1003
Interviews: 300
Offers: 168
Places: 86
Academic entry requirement:

The typical offer is A*AA AAA at GCE A Level which must include chemistry and either biology or physics. A fourth subject must be achieved at a minimum of grade C at AS Level. If biology is not offered at A level, it must be achieved at a minimum of grade C at AS level. General Studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer

Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C which must include English language, mathematics and either GCSE single and additional science or GCSE biology and chemistry.

Medical School Contact Information: Plymouth University
Drake Circus

T: +44 1752 437333
Key attribute of medical institute: Benefit from close relationships with our principal NHS hospital partners – Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (Derriford Hospital) and South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Torbay Hospital) – who have helped develop the course and provide wide-ranging placement opportunities
Course Structure:

Year 1

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.

Core modules
  • MED411Clinical and Communication Skills 1
  • MED410Medical Knowledge 1
  • MED412Personal Development and Professionalism 1
  • MED414Student-Selected Component 1 (SSC1)

Year 2

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.

Core modules
  • MED521Clinical and Communication Skills 2
  • MED520Medical Knowledge 2
  • MED522Personal Development and Professionalism 22
  • MED524Student-Selected Component 2 (SSC2)

Year 3

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.

Core modules
  • MED631Clinical and Professional Development 1
  • MED630Medical Knowledge 3
  • MED634Student Selected Component 3

Year 4

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.

Core modules
  • MED641Clinical and Professional Development 2
  • MED640Medical Knowledge 4
  • MED644Student Selected Component 4

Final year

You’ll now be all set to apply the knowledge, skills and confidence you’ve acquired over the first four years by working ‘on the job’, as part of a healthcare team in action. You’ll become more assured when dealing with clinical situations, and develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of practice in the NHS. Supplementing your independent learning with a portfolio of indicative presentations, you’ll also have the opportunity to do an elective in a different social or cultural context.

Core modules
  • MED651Clinical and Professional Practice
  • MED650Medical Knowledge 5
  • MED654Student Selected Component 5

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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