Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A200
University Code: S18
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes, The test result is used in combination with the other academic criteria and a high score may compensate for weaker GCSE grades. The score may also be used at the end of the selection procedure to differentiate between applicants who are equal in all other criteria.
Applicants: ~ 900
Interviews: 200
Offers: ~ 105
Places: 75
Academic entry requirement:

GCSE: Although we attempt to take an holistic approach to the selection of students most applicants who secure an interview have a minimum of 6 A grades including Maths, English Language and Science subjects.

AS: Currently we do not take into account AS grades when assessing the academic record. We use A2 achieved grades or predicted grades where applicable.

A levels: The minimum requirement for entry onto the programme is
AAA, including Chemistry and Biology.
The third A level may be in any subject. At Sheffield we do not give preference to any particular subject for this third A-level choice. Similarly preference is not given to applicants who are taking 4 A-levels or additional AS levels.

International Applicants: International applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in English Language. An IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component is required. For all other International qualifications please contact

Retake Applicants: The minimum requirement for applicants who are retaking is the standard AAA. However, all other circumstances being equal, applicants completing in one sitting may be given preference over applicants who are taking longer than the normal two years to complete their A-levels. Those applicants retaking modules within the normal two years will not be considered as retake applicants. Amongst retake applicants, priority is given to those who applied to Sheffield the previous year.

Equivalent Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree; minimum 2.1 in a related science subject.

Scottish Highers in five subjects at grades AAAAB to include Biology plus one Advanced Higher in Chemistry at grades A.

Irish Leaving Certificate in six subjects at the Higher level, to include Chemistry and Biology at grades AAAAAA.

Welsh Baccalaureate with a pass plus two A-Levels in Chemistry and Biology.
International Baccalaureate with grades 6 in Chemistry and Biology at Higher level with an overall score of 37.

Cambridge Pre-U Certificate D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (18 Units) Grades DDD to include Chemistry and Biology
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (12 Units) Grades DD plus one A-level at grade A to include Chemistry and Biology in either qualification
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (6 Units) Grade D plus two A-levels at grades AA to include Chemistry and Biology in either qualification

Dental Nursing certificate plus two A-levels in Chemistry and Biology at grade B
Distinction in Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy plus A-level Chemistry and Biology

Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3 to include 30 at distinction in Chemistry and Biology plus 15 other level 3 credits at merit.

Dental School Website:
Dental School Contact Information: Admissions
School of Clinical Dentistry
Claremont Crescent
S10 2T
Tel: 020 7848 6512
Key attribute of dental institute: The School and the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital have recently completed a £14.5 million redevelopment. In 2008, a new wing was built in the School including new state of the art research facilities, seminar room space and office accommodation. In 2009 the Dental Hospital, adjacent and connected to the School, underwent many upgrades including new clinical facilities.
Interview style format: Traditional Based Interview lasting approximately 20 minutes
Course Structure:

Teaching is integrated, so you’ll learn the scienti?c and pathological processes underlying oral and dental disease at the same time as you acquire the skills to manage patients appropriately.

Early in the course you’ll learn about the human body in health and disease as well as diseases of the teeth and the supporting tissues, how they can be prevented and how to carry out simple clinical procedures. As you progress through the course, you’ll learn more advanced skills in patient management, the importance of whole patient care, and their long-term management – just as if you were a quali?ed dental surgeon.

At the end of your second year, you may choose to take a year out to study for a BMedSci. This is an opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of one of the subjects introduced in the dental course. It includes the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research.

Towards the end of the BDS course, there is increasing emphasis on the relationship between the different dental specialisms, and the development of skills in diagnosis and treatment planning. Throughout your clinical study you’ll learn to take a preventive approach to patient care, and motivate patients to look after their oral health.

As you become more experienced, you’ll spend periods of time away from the Dental School. This includes treating patients in the Dental Practice Unit, specially created to simulate a modern dental practice, a period in residence at a District General Hospital and an elective placement that could take you anywhere in the world.

During your fourth and ?fth years, you’ll go on a number of dental outreach placements in primary care settings for a total of around 20 weeks. These placements give you the opportunity to treat an extended range of patients in community clinics, dental access centres and general dental practices in the region.

As you’ll undertake clinical training and placements in NHS hospitals, you will have to adhere to the local NHS codes of governance policies including guidelines on dress, behaviour and professionalism.

Sheffield University

Please note the information above was provided by the faculty on 11/09/2013

Data may have differed between then and present.

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