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 2016/17 72

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 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 more information, please visit our guidelines for students on DBS disclosure page.

More about Dentistry

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

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

Standard offer
AAA including A in Chemistry and A in another Lab-based Science.

Graduates are required to obtain a 2:i in their degree and BBB at A-level including B in relevant science subjects.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAC including AA in Chemistry and another lab-based science
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and another lab-based science
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and another lab-based science
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. We expect applicants taking this qualification to have been out of education for five years prior to starting an Access course.
BTEC offer DDD  in a medically related subject, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA including Chemistry and another lab-based Science, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer85% with 8.5 in Chemistry and one other lab-based science.
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentFive A grades including English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects.
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 requirementsUK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required ( Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

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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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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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