BDS Dentistry (A206)

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UCAS code A206
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept applications for Dentistry through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Dentistry.

Course duration 5 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 929
Number of places for 2016/17 71

About BDS Dentistry

This five-year degree comprises 23 compulsory study units. The unit structure is 'vertically and horizontally integrated' to optimise the co-ordinated delivery of scientific, technical and clinical teaching.

Year one is based in the School of Medical Sciences. Year two is based primarily in the School of Oral and Dental Sciences for initial clinical skills training and patient contact. You can intercalate in a science subject in your third year to obtain an Honours BA or BSc.

The following clinical years focus on developing your clinical skills and experience in each of the clinical disciplines and at community-based teaching clinics. The elective project at the end of year four provides you with the opportunity to undertake dental-related research, audit, or supervised clinical activity in the UK or abroad.

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with some careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree, you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and undergo pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses. The health assessment and blood tests are to identify the few whose health status may place them and/or future patients at risk.

Practising dentistry demands the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on 'Fitness to Practise', some students may not be suitable for a career in dentistry. All dental students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in line with other health-related courses in the UK.

More about Dentistry

Find out more about studying Dentistry at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Health Sciences: Anatomy
  • Health Sciences: Biochemistry
  • Health Sciences: Physiology
  • Personal and Professional Development (Year one)

Second year

  • Health Sciences: Oral Biology (Year two)
  • Health Sciences: Pathology and Microbiology
  • Health Sciences: Pharmacology
  • Health Sciences: Dental Biomaterials
  • Dental Skills (Year two)
  • Primary Care Dentistry (Year two)
  • Personal and Professional Development (Year two)

Third year

  • Health Sciences: Oral Biology (Year three)
  • Human Disease
  • Dental Skills (Year three)
  • Primary Care Dentistry (Year three)
  • Personal and Professional Development (Year three)

Fourth year

  • Advanced Care Dentistry (Year four)
  • Dental Skills (Year four)
  • Primary Care Dentistry (Year four)
  • Personal and Professional Development (Year four)

Fifth year

  • Advanced Care Dentistry (Year five)
  • Primary Care Dentistry (Year five)
  • Personal and Professional Development (Year five)
Further details about the course structure for Dentistry

Typical offer for BDS Dentistry

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Chemistry and one other lab-based science, preferably Biology. AS-level Biology at grade A required if not taken to A-level. Graduates holding relevant science A-levels at BBB plus 2:1 or above will be considered.
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including A in Chemistry and one other lab-based science, preferably Biology. AS-level Biology at grade A required if not taken to A-level.
IB Diploma 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other lab-based science, preferably Biology. 6 in Standard Level Biology is required if not taken at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other lab-based science, preferably Biology. 6 in Standard Level Biology is required if not taken at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) with at least 30 credits at Distinction including 9 credits in both Chemistry and Biology and 15 credits at Merit. We will only consider the following colleges: College of West Anglia, Lambeth College, the Manchester College. We expect applicants taking this qualification to have been out of education for five years prior to starting an Access course.
BTEC DDD in Applied Science/Applied Science (Medical Sciences), plus A-level Chemistry at grade A.
SQASH:AAAAB and AH: AA in Chemistry and Biology
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% with 8.5 in Chemistry and Biology
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*/A to include English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects.
Academic qualificationsA-levels (or equivalent qualifications) should be completed within two years of study. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable towards A-level or AS-level requirements.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1643

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

General Dental Council (GDC) The General Dental Council quality assures and approves qualifications for registration, for the following registrant groups: Dentists; dental hygienists; dental therapists; dental nurses; clinical dental technicians; dental technicians; and orthodontic therapists.

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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