BDS Dentistry (A206)
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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|
|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 clinical activity with integrated scientific and technical teaching. With a strong core of clinical work throughout, theory, science, clinical skills, personal and professional development and teamworking are integrated at the relevant levels.
Year one introduces the clinical environment through peer group activities and observations. Clinical skills training and patient contact commence early in year two.
Later in the programme you can choose to intercalate in a science subject to obtain an Honours BA or BSc. There is the opportunity to undertake community work in the UK or abroad during your elective in year four.
The programme structure is helical, with four main themes of development: Practitioner, Scholar and scientist, Professional and Agent of Change, Person and Citizen.
You will be introduced to basic concepts in the healthy patient before progressing to apply your knowledge and skills to treat an increasingly complex range of oral disease.
You will begin your dental practice in the Bristol Dental Hospital before extending your practice to community teaching clinics in the city, where you will treat patients with a wide variety of dental disease in a primary care setting in preparation for dental practice beyond graduation.
Student welfare is central to our programme and you will have access to a wide range of support, starting with our well developed in-house personal tutor network.
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. Please note that as part of your training you will come into contact with human and animal cadavaric material.
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. For more information, please visit our guidelines for students on the DBS disclosure page.
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
|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.|
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
|36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
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 offer||Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C|
|Access to HE Diploma offer||Pass 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 offer||Advanced Higher: AA in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.|
|European Baccalaureate offer||85% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics|
|UK qualifications||Further information about UK qualifications|
|International qualifications||Accepted international qualifications|
Applicants must also meet these requirements
|GCSE profile requirements||Profile:|
Advanced numeracy requirement (7 or A in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (4 or 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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
|Additional requirements||The University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UCAT, please see the UCAT website for details.|
Work experience is required; please see the admissions statement.
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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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