Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A206
University Code: B78
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 826
Interviews: ~300
Offers: 150
Places: 79
Academic entry requirement:

AAA, to include Chemistry and one other lab-based science (see AS-level requirements).
Graduates should offer a minimum of BBB at A-level plus 2:1 or above in a science subject. Arts graduates holding relevant science A-levels at BBB plus 2:1 or above will be considered

GCSE or equivalent subjects required
Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*/A to include English Language, Mathematics and two science subjects

A-levels (contextual offer*)
AAB to include Chemistry at grade A and one other lab-based science (see AS-level requirements).
Graduates should offer a minimum of BBB at A-level plus 2:1 or above in a science subject

*The 'contextual offer' indicates the offer that might be given when the applicant’s UK educational context is taken into account as part of our commitment to the UK national agenda on widening participation. In these cases, the University may make a lower offer to applicants from low-performing schools/colleges in the UK. Applications are considered on their own individual merit. Some courses require specific subjects at certain grades.

Subjects required at AS-level or equivalent
Grade A Biology if not taken to A-level (Biology is the preferred second subject at A-level)

14-19 Advanced Diploma
Grade A overall in the Diploma in Society, Health and Development to include grade A in Chemistry A-level (ASL)

DDD in Applied Science/Applied Science (Medical Sciences). D*/D grades in specific units may also be required. Applicants will also be required to have an A in A-level Chemistry.

We will only consider the following colleges: College of West Anglia, Lambeth College, the Manchester College. We expect applicants taking this qualification to have been out of education for 5 years prior to starting an Access course.
Pass Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) with at least 30 credits at Distinction including Chemistry and Biology and 15 credits at Merit

SH:AAAAB in Chemistry and Biology
AH: AA in Chemistry and Biology

Welsh Bacc
Pass Advanced Diploma with AA at A-level in Chemistry and Biology

IB Diploma
37 points with 6, 6, 6 at Higher level to include Chemistry and Biology
Contextual offer 35 points

85% with exceptional performance in Chemistry and Biology

7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each part

Dental School Website:
Dental School Contact Information: School of Oral and Dental Sciences
Lower Maudlin Street

Tel: 0117 928 7679
Key attribute of dental institute: In 2006/07, £15 million was invested in a refurbishment programme to develop state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities
Interview style format: Multiple mini interviews. Candidates are assessed at 10 different 'stations', each for seven minutes, on different aspects of skills, knowledge and understanding that are important and relevant for dental students and dentists. At each station, candidates are scored by a trained assessor on two skill categories and professionalism.
Course Structure:

The first year of the five-year programme in School of Oral and Dental Sciences ensures you have a fundamental grounding in the basic biomedical sciences which you will need in preparation for clinical decision making and safe patient treatment.
It is essential to your future practice as a qualified Dental Practitioner that you have an understanding of ‘normal’ body structure and function, and this is provided in major teaching units of Health sciences: Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry.
During this first year, you will be provided with a scientific foundation for dentistry including regional anatomy of the head and neck as well as an awareness of how science advances biomedical knowledge.

This teaching will largely take place in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, by way of lectures, practicals, seminars and private study time.
During this year you will be introduced to the unit of Personal and Professional Development. This unit involves an introduction to social science, communication and research skills applicable to dentistry with a specific focus on the needs of different patient groups including children, adults, older people, and those with special care requirements.

In Year 2 an integrated transition is made from further understanding of basic sciences to clinical training and first patient treatment.

The Health sciences theme of Oral Biology is covered in depth in Years 2 and 3 and is taught as a series of themes, which relates more to the oral cavity, with which you, as student dentists, must have an intimate knowledge.

This is complemented by the teaching units of Health sciences: Pathology and Microbiology, which cover the mechanisms of altered body function, and Pharmacology, providing a scientific basis for treating patients with drugs relevant to dental practice.

You will gain your first exposure to the practical topic of Radiography, and we will also be encouraging you to consider more broadly the context within which the Dental Practitioner works.

This will be covered in the Unit of Personal and Professional Development Year 2 in which you are introduced to the skills needed to practice evidence-based medicine within the element of Research Methods.

This introduces students to epidemiological and clinical trial study design, critical appraisal, data interpretation and evaluation of evidence.

The Unit of Health sciences: Dental Biomaterials is central to many procedures you will undertake as dentists, and provides essential knowledge and understanding of modern dental biomaterials.

After Christmas, you will be introduced to our state-of-the-art clinics and Clinical Skills Laboratory, where in the Themes of Dental Skills and Primary Care Dentistry you will learn important skills which will enable you to start treating your first patients in the final term of Year 2.

This is in preparation for you taking responsibility for your own patients early in Year 3.

Our modern technology in the clinical skills laboratory simulates clinical situations on ‘Phantom’ heads using natural teeth and clinical materials. This will allow you to achieve the highest level of clinical development of your newly acquired skills.

Year 3 continues to introduce many new topics and develop themes introduced in previous years.

Operative Dentistry and Endodontology takes place in term 1 in the Clinical Skills Laboratory and is designed to provide the students with the essentials of what they need to know to begin whole patient care when they enter the themes of Primary Care Dentistry and Advanced Care Dentistry.

Having completed the basic clinical skills course by Christmas, you will enter a clinical rotation which will involve treating patients on clinics in various specialties including Oral Surgery, Adult Restorative, Radiography and Prosthetics.

You will commence introductory sessions in our Child Dental Health clinic to include Paediatric and Orthodontic dentistry in term 2.

Each week a half day is spent treating orthodontic or paediatric patients. During these sessions you will work in pairs, to enhance your operator and assisting skills.

At the same time you will also continue to broaden your knowledge of the human body and its function, with our Human Disease Unit which covers aspects of Medicine, Surgery and Clinical Pathology and Microbiology.

During this time you will spend two weeks on block release at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and other local hospitals observing real life situations and experiences.

Clinical rotations through the dental specialities continues, and after Christmas students return to the Clinical Skills Laboratory to study advanced dental techniques.
This involves learning and developing skills for more complex treatments including 
tooth coloured inlay and onlays, bridgework design, endodontics and dental implant procedures.

At the end of Year 4 students are required to undertake a research project at an academic institution of their choice, either in the UK or internationally.

At the end of the research period, a report must be submitted, which may be put forward for a number of prestigious prizes.

Opportunities exist for travel to carry out research in approved establishments. Former students have visited all parts of the world gaining valuable dental knowledge and life experience.

During the latter part of Year 4 and throughout Year 5, further clinical development takes place on a rotational basis and includes introductions to the Primary Care Unit, Consultant Clinics, Oral Surgery and Community Based Teaching.

The Primary Care Unit and Community Based Teaching at South Bristol Community Hospital introduces the students to a real-life experience where patients seek 'walk-in' emergency dental treatment, advice and further treatment to make them 'dentally fit'.

Patient selection and appropriate treatment needs are triaged in the first instance by a qualified general dental practitioner and/or a general/dental nurse which further enhances the students clinical experience and facilitates learning at all levels.

During this time you will receive theoretical and clinical teaching in the technique of conscious sedation.

Consultant Clinic observation gives students exposure to specialised, complex treatment to include, Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Paediatrics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced Restorative and Special Care Dentistry.

Community Based Teaching includes students delivering dental care to children at a community-based health centre facility and to all patients at South Bristol Community Hospital.

In this way, dental education is delivered at a site of maximum dental healthcare need, allowing continuity of care for those patients and allowing students the opportunity to develop and nurture a professional relationship and responsibility for the patient’s treatment provision.

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