Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A206
University Code: M21
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes, We use the UKCAT initially before reviewing the rest of the application. The 2013 UKCAT score was 630 average per section on the UKCAT test.
Applicants: 630
Interviews: 200
Offers: 134
Places: 75
Academic entry requirement:

United Kingdom

A Levels
AAA including Chemistry and Biology.  The third subject could be science but we also particularly welcome A levels in arts or humanities.  General Studies, Critical Thinking and a foreign language which is the applicant's first language are not accepted.

Scottish Qualifications
AAAAA at Higher Grade normally including Chemistry and Biology. Two Advanced Highers also normally required (minimum A/B) to include Biology and/or Chemistry. If only one out of Biology and Chemistry is offered at Advanced Higher, the grade A is required in that science. Candidates offering only one out of Higher Chemistry and Biology will be required to take the other in their final year along with Advanced Higher in the first, and achieve A grades in both the Advanced Higher and the Higher. English and Mathematics required at grade 2 Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2 equivalent).

International Baccalaureate
A minimum of 37 points with Chemistry and Biology at Grade 6 or above at Higher level.

Irish Leaving Certificate
A1A1A1AAB at Higher Level, to include Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths, and excluding Irish.

Access Qualifications
At least 45 level 3 credits to be achieved at Distinction.  Must include at least 15 level 3 credits in each of Biology and Chemistry (Human Biology and Chemistry for the HEFC).  A minimum of 2 years of full-time employment required after undertaking school-leaving examinations before commencing the Access to HE Diploma.

BTEC Level 5 HND
In a science-related subject with distinction grades in all units. Substantial science content required, in particular, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry.

Cambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,D3 in Principal Subjects including both Chemistry and Biology. AAAAA at GCSE including Biology and Chemistry or AA in Dual Award Science also required.

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PARTNERS - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)
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English Language Requirements
For this degree you will need a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Dental School Website:
Dental School Contact Information: School of Dental Sciences
Newcastle University
Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0) 191 222 8347
Key attribute of dental institute: They have their own dental pub called the ‘Crown and Bridges’!
Interview style format: Traditional Based Interview with 2 members of staff. Lasting approximately 20 minutes.
Course Structure:

Stages 1 and 2
You spend the first two years studying the basic medical sciences. This provides a basis for clinical work in later Stages. Topics include:

  • an introduction to dentistry
  • molecules, cells and tissues
  • anatomy of the head and neck
  • cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • oral environment
  • dental tissues
  • nutrition and diet
  • dental materials science
  • interpersonal skills

Intercalated study (optional)
Intercalated study is available for BDS students after completion of Stage 2.

Stages 3 and 4
You are introduced to clinical training and you study dental operative techniques, human disease, clinical dentistry and dental materials science.

By the end of Stage 4, half your time is spent on patient care and clinical dental practice, with supporting clinical-related teaching.

An optional elective period at the end of Stage 4 gives you the opportunity to organise a few weeks studying dentistry outside Newcastle. In recent years this has taken students all over the world.

Stage 5
You concentrate on clinical dentistry, but also on topics such as:

  • oral medicine
  • oral pathology
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • orthodontics
  • preventive dentistry
  • sedation
Newcastle Dental School

Please note the information above was provided by the faculty on 12/09/2013

Data may have differed between then and present.

* The data provided for the Applicants/Interviews/Offers is based upon the 2013 cycle