BDS Gateway to Dentistry (A208)
View courses for 2019 entry
We can only accept applications through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications for this course is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five can be used for dentistry courses.
|Course duration||6 year(s) full-time|
Fees quoted are for 2019 entry only. Fees for 2020 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2019.
Home students: £9,250 per yearFurther 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|
About BDS Gateway to Dentistry
Gateway to Dentistry is aimed at students who have the potential to become dentists but do not meet the academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year undergraduate Dentistry course. Our Gateway courses are a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria and wish to apply for a clinical programme in dentistry, medicine or veterinary science.
During the Gateway year students will learn alongside each other, benefiting from shared interprofessional insight and the unique community of Bristol’s medical, dental and veterinary schools. Students will be taught by academic teachers who are scientists and clinicians.
The Gateway course will deepen existing knowledge of core basic sciences underpinning clinical subjects and places emphasis on the development of personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours that enable successful transition to university study. Successful completion of the Gateway year allows automatic progression onto BDS Dentistry.
This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only. Further information and lists of the eligible schools and colleges can be found on the admissions statement.
International students may be eligible for the International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry.
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; find out more about pre-course occupational health information.
In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practise, all dental students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with other health-related courses in the UK.
See a list of all Dentistry degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.
Studies will include:
- Basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human/animal;
- Fundamental principles of chemistry;
- Maths and statistics relevant to health sciences programmes;
- Clinical professional attributes;
- Clinically-relevant work experience.
Successful students will then join the five-year BDS 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 B in Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above, or with A in Chemistry, 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, including 5 at Higher Level in Biology or Chemistry. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 points overall including 16 at Higher Level, or with 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.|
|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||Not accepted|
|BTEC offer||DMM in an Applied Sciences, Medical Sciences, or Health and Social Care (Science pathway). Applicants who are taking BTEC plus A-level Chemistry are not eligible for this course.|
|Scottish Qualifications Authority offer||Advanced Higher: BB including Biology or Chemistry, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, or with Chemistry at A grade, are not eligible for this course.|
|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.|
|UK qualifications||Further information about UK qualifications|
Applicants must also meet these requirements
|GCSE profile requirements||Profile:|
Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent) and
Two higher science requirements (6, 6 or BB in GCSE Science 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.
For 2020 entry English language requirements are being reviewed and will be confirmed by August 2019.
|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 recommended; please see the Admissions statement.
How we assess your application
Admissions statements relate to 2019 entry and will be updated for 2020 entry in summer 2019.
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 the MMI (multiple mini interviews), a series of tasks and conversations to assess the skills and attributes required for a career in dentistry.
Get in touch
For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649