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
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 71
Number of applications for 2015/16 929

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.

Your 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. If you have a chronic health problem, please contact the Enquiries Team for guidance on making an application.

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. For further information, please visit bristol.ac.uk/secretary/legal.dbs 

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)
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Dentistry

Typical offer for BDS Dentistry - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA including Chemistry and one other lab-based science. Graduates are required to obtaina 2:1 in their degree and at least BBB at A-level including Chemistry and one other lab-based science. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Chemistry and one other lab-based science. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one other lab-based science. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a 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. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Medicine or Science related) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 15 credits in each of Chemistry and Biology with at least 9 credits in each at Distinction. GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Mathematics at grade B or 9 credits at Distinction in Level 3 Mathematics. We consider Access courses on a case-by-case basis; please contact Admissions for guidance regarding the acceptability of your course’s content if you are unsure. We expect applicants taking this qualification to have been out of education for five years prior to starting an Access course. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
BTEC offer DDD  in Applied Science, Dental Technology or Pharmaceutical Science, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH:AAAAB and AH: AA in Chemistry and one other lab-based science. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
European Baccalaureate offer85% with 8.5 in Chemistry and one other lab-based science. UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required (www.ukcat.ac.uk). Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable towards A-level or AS-level requirements.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Minimum of five GCSEs at grade A to include English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsThe UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed on application. Later deferral not usually accepted

Selection process

UCAS and multiple mini interview (MMI). If you are offered a place, you will have to pass a health assessment and undergo a DBS check.

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Accreditation

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.

General Dental Council (GDC) Found to be sufficient by the General Dental Council (GDC) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body

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