Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code A200
Duration 5 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Dentistry

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Admissions Secretary
School of Clinical Dentistry
Telephone +44 (0)114 215 9307

Course description

The BDS combines clinical experience with dental science. Our outreach programme is innovative: you'll get valuable experience in dental surgeries and community health centres, not just training clinics.

We'll show you how to take a preventive approach to patient care, motivating your patients to look after their oral health. You will also learn about diagnosis and treatment planning.

The early part of this dentistry course looks at diseases of the teeth and supporting tissues, their prevention and related clinical procedures. As you progress, you'll develop advanced patient management skills and understand the relationship between different dental disciplines. Alongside training in clinical skills, you'll benefit from our new 3D simulation suite to enhance your learning.

At the end of the second year, you can take a year out to study for an intercalated BMedSci. This is a chance to take an in-depth look at one of the subjects from your dental course and carry out some research of your own.

The final two years of the BDS are about making sure you're ready for professional practice. We will introduce you to more advanced, specialist clinical work. Everything you've learned will start to come together.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AA in Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology + B. EPQ should be in a dental or healthcare subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology
BTEC D*DD in Science including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB including Biology + Advanced Higher Chemistry or Biology at grade A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA including Chemistry and Biology
Other qualifications 6 GCSE grades at 7 or grade A including Maths, English Language and Science
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • UKCAT Pre-admissions test: All applicants must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The test is used in conjunction with our existing selection procedure to identify candidates with potential for success at undergraduate level. For more information about the test see:
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

School of Clinical Dentistry website

First year

Core modules:

The Human Body
The Oral Cavity in Health and Disease

Second year

Core modules:

Basic Oral and Dental Care
Growth, Development, Ageing and Nutrition

Third year

Core modules:

Integrated Human Disease Part C1
Integrated Human Disease Part C2
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part D1
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part D2

Fourth year

Core modules:

DENU07 Level 4 Study

Fifth year

Core modules:

Dental Surgery Part E1
Dental Surgery Part E2

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 30%
Independent study 34%
Placement 37%

Exams/tests 55%
Coursework 7%
Practical 38%

School of Clinical Dentistry

Our teaching is driven by world-class research. Our placement programme for students is outstanding.

You'll learn the value of evidence-based dentistry and how to apply it to clinical practice. Many of our staff are internationally respected for their research. Some are general dental practitioners with years of clinical experience.

We believe in training the whole team together. Our dentistry and dental hygiene and therapy students learn alongside each other in a way that helps to prepare them for practice. Our combination of integrated teaching and practical experience produces caring, confident professionals.

Most of our teaching takes place in the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital which is attached to the School of Clinical Dentistry. We also have links with the Medical School and the local community.

School of Clinical Dentistry website

What our graduates do

A200 Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Most graduates apply for a one-year Dental Foundation (DF) training programme. This provides you with a supportive environment where you can continue to develop your skills and experience to the point where you become an independent practitioner. Successful completion of the DF year enables you to work in an NHS practice. All of our students who graduated in July 2017 were successful in gaining a DF training place.

After their DF year, most graduates find work in general dental practices, in the community dental service or sometimes in the armed forces. Some choose to undertake further specialist training to enable them to become speciality dentists, hospital or academic consultants or to become researchers. A number of our graduates choose to return to the school later in their careers to teach.

DENU03 Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
Our graduates receive professional accreditation as dental hygienists and dental therapists. They work in the community dental service, hospital service, local NHS and private dental practices. Others go on to clinical research. A number of our graduates choose to return to university later in their careers to teach.

Student profile

"The facilities here are very good. And I think here we have a really good range of tutors and professors."

Heema Sharma

Placements and practice
As you become more experienced, you'll spend periods of time away from the Dental School. You'll treat patients in our Dental Practice Unit, have a period in residence at a district general hospital, and complete an elective placement that could take you anywhere in the world.

You'll undertake clinical training in NHS hospitals so you must adhere to local NHS policies including guidelines on behaviour and dress and the need to be 'bare below the elbow'.

Outreach Programme
You'll complete two or more clinical work placements in your fourth and fifth years, around 20 weeks in total. These placements give you the chance to treat an extended range of patients in Sheffield or the surrounding region.

Around half of the placements are in general dental practice. The rest are in dental access centres or community dental clinics. You'll work alongside dental hygiene and therapy students, giving you experience of working as part of a dental team.

Disclosure and Barring Service
All applicants are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check.

Health clearance
To comply with Department of Health requirements, you must be health screened and immunised before you can treat patients. This includes checking that you're not an infectious carrier of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV or tuberculosis. If you're infected with these viruses or can't demonstrate immunity to Hepatitis B, you'll be unable to train as a dentist.

It is important that you know as early as possible whether you do have immunity to Hepatitis B and can therefore start training. We suggest you consult your GP now as they may be able to offer you this vaccination.

You should also let us know about any serious health issues or support requirements you have. We can then assess your suitability for the course and for your future profession, providing appropriate support where necessary.

You'll find lots more information about health clearance on our website. Our health requirements are constantly reviewed to ensure we meet with current Department of Health (DH) guidance. You'll need to comply with this if you're offered a place. For current information, visit the DH website:

All applicants will need to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). This is used in conjunction with our existing selection procedure to identify candidates with the potential to succeed at undergraduate level. For further information visit

International students
Immigration regulations are constantly being reviewed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). At the present time, non UK and European students are able to apply for dental foundation training after graduating and have been able to secure employment in postgraduate training schemes and hospital posts. However, we can't give any guarantee that this will always be the case. For further information, visit and

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