BDS Gateway to Dentistry (A208)

2022 entry

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UCAS code A208
Application method UCAS

The closing date for Dentistry UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Dentistry.

Course duration 6 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £n/a per year
  • International students: £n/a per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 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 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 BDS 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.

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 course will deepen existing knowledge of core sciences underpinning clinical subjects. It 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 and/or to those who have spent three months or more in care. Further information and lists of the eligible schools and colleges is available within the Admissions Statement, and under "Aspiring State School or College" at Contextual offers.

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.

Please note that as part of your training you will come into contact with human and animal cadaveric material.

View all our Dentistry courses

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

Course structure

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

Standard offer
BBC including B in Biology or Chemistry.

Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above (or points equivalent), or with A in Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
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 offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerNot accepted for this course. Access to HE students are instead welcome to apply to the standard Dentistry course.

Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DMM in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with EITHER with Distinctions in six specified Biology units or with Distinctions in six specified Chemistry units.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced 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 offerRequirements 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 qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent) and Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics 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 B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsThe University Clinical Aptitude Test 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.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

UCAS and multiple mini interview, plus UCAT

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This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.

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