BDS Dentistry (A206)

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UCAS code A206
Application method UCAS

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
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £36,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £19,250 per year
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

About BDS Dentistry

This five-year degree comprises integrated compulsory scientific, technical and clinical teaching units. Year one provides a scientific grounding and introduces personal and professional development. Clinical skills training and patient contact occur in year two. In year three you can choose to intercalate in a science subject to obtain an Honours BA or BSc. At the end of year four you will undertake dental-related research, an audit, or supervised clinical activity in the UK or abroad.

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.

Practising dentistry demands the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines, all dental students must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). For more information, please visit our guidelines for students on the DBS disclosure page.

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See a list of all Dentistry degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

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

Standard offer
AAA including AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Graduates are required to obtain a 2:i in their degree and BBB at A-level including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAC including AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics, or ABB including A in Chemistry and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
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 (Life Science, Medicine or Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 15 credits in each of Chemistry and another lab-based science (Biology, Physics or Mathematics) with at least 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction
BTEC offer DDD  in a medically related subject, plus A in A level Chemistry. Distinctions may be requested in specified units.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics, 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% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Advanced numeracy requirement (A in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
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.

Work experience is required, please see the Admissions statement.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

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

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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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.

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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