BDS Gateway to Dentistry (A208)
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We can only accept applications through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five can be used for Dentistry.
|Course duration||6 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 for this course|
|Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17||1|
About BDS Gateway to Dentistry
This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become dentists but do not meet the academic criteria to apply directly to BDS Dentistry. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria.
The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences that underpin the study of dentistry and to foster professional behaviours and attitudes. Dental work experience forms part of the course. Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress to the BDS Dentistry.
Please note: This course is open only to applicants from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are eligible for a contextual offer. Applicants from England and Wales can visit our contextual offer page for further information and a list of designated schools and colleges.
Information on contextual offers for applicants from Scotland and Northern Ireland will be available online shortly, so please check back.
Health and Disclosure and Barring Service check
Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree, you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses. These blood tests are to identify the few whose health status may place them and/or future patients at risk.
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, in line with other health-related courses in the UK.
Find out more about studying Dentistry at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.
Assessment will be via continuous assessment, plus formal examinations in January and June.
Successful students will then join the five-year BDS Dentistry course.Find out more about the course structure and units available for Gateway to Dentistry
Typical offer for BDS Gateway to Dentistry - applicants must meet one of the following
|BBC including BB in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted/achieved grades of AAB or above are not eligible for this course.|
|Science practicals||A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
|29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall and 16 at Higher Level or above are not eligible for this course.|
|Cambridge Pre-U offer||Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3|
|Access to HE Diploma offer||Not accepted|
|BTEC offer||DMM in an Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Sciences). Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of DDD or above, or who are also taking A-level Chemistry, are not eligible.|
|Scottish Qualifications Authority offer||Advanced Higher: BB in Biology and Chemistry, and Standard Level: BBBBC|
|Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Requirements 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.|
Applicants must also meet these requirements
|Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent||B in Double Science, Mathematics and English Language, plus one other subject at C.|
|English language requirements||If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
|Additional requirements||UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details. Applicants are recommended to complete relevant work experience prior to application.|
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:
For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted
Candidates who fulfil both the academic entry criteria and the additional widening participation criteria will be considered for interview. This will be a series of practical tests (multiple mini interview) undertaken at the University of Bristol campus.
Get in touch
For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
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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