Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code A200
Duration 5 years
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Related subjects Dentistry

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

Course description

Our course is divided into nine integrated themes. Throughout the course we aim to teach you theory alongside clinical practice so you'll develop an understanding of dental science and its clinical application. You'll learn the value of evidence-based dentistry and how to apply it to clinical practice.

We believe in training the whole dental team together, so you'll learn with dental hygiene and dental therapy students in a way that prepares you for practice.

Year 1
The Human Body and The Oral Cavity in Health and Disease

These themes introduce you to the structure and function of the human body and of a healthy mouth. You will learn about the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the nervous and renal systems. You will be introduced to some of the common diseases affecting the head, neck, teeth and mouth. You will also visit dental clinics and start to learn about your role as a healthcare professional in the dental team.

Year 2
Growth, Development, Ageing and Nutrition and Basic Oral and Dental Care

Year two introduces the basic biological principles governing different stages during life with emphasis on the challenges of providing comprehensive care for both young and elderly patients.
You'll also learn more about diseases of the teeth and mouth and undertake basic dental procedures in our Simulation Suite, using virtual reality machines, and in our Clinical Skills Learning Environment. Following satisfactory completion of these courses, you begin to treat patients.

Year 3
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care and Integrated Human Disease

From the third year you gain the skills and knowledge to treat patients holistically, with great attention to detail. In the Integrated Human Disease theme you learn how to identify clinical signs and symptoms of systemic disease and how this affects the clinical practice of dentistry. You will also learn how to undertake clinical procedures requiring high levels of manual dexterity.

Years 4 and 5
Integrated Clinical Practice, Oral Disease, Outreach and Elective

During the final two years you will learn how to treat patients of all ages with increasingly complex care needs. You'll learn more about oral diseases, their causes, how they develop and how to recognise, diagnose and prevent them. You will take part in clinical placements as part of our outreach programme in Sheffield or the surrounding region. These placements are in primary care practices so they provide you with real work environments to sharpen your skills. You'll also have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement which could
take you anywhere in the world.

The teaching year in years 2 to 5 consists of around 42 weeks enabling you to increase your clinical skills and knowledge through in-depth learning while developing a patient-centred approach through your clinical placements. Dental Public Health teaching helps you to understand dentistry in the wider context. As you approach the end of the programme there are lectures about your responsibilities as a dentist and sessions to help you prepare for your first job.


The General Dental Council quality assures and approves qualifications for registration, for the following registrant groups: Dentists; dental hygienists; dental therapists; dental nurses; clinical dental technicians; dental technicians; and orthodontic therapists.

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 + additional qualifications AAB, including AA in Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology and B in a third subject + B in EPQ. The EPQ must be in a Dentistry-related subject. The EPQ and A Levels must be taken in the one sitting to receive the alternative offer
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology
BTEC D*DD in Science, including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAB, including Biology + Advanced Higher Chemistry at grade A or AAAAB, including Chemistry + Advanced Higher Biology at grade A
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA, including Chemistry and Biology
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • UCAT Pre-admissions test: All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). 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:
  • Graduates - Bachelor's Degree with a minimum 2.1 in a related or core science subject
  • 6 GSCE grades at 7 or grade A, including Maths, English Language and Science
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 7/A; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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 Part 1
Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 2
Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 3
Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 4
Growth, Development, Ageing and Nutrition

Third year

Core modules:

Integrated Human Disease Part 1
Integrated Human Disease Part 2
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 1
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 2
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 3
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 4
Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 5

Fourth year

Core modules:

Dental Surgery Part 1
Dental Surgery Part 2

Fifth year

Core modules:

Dental Surgery Part 3
Dental Surgery Part 4
Dental Surgery Part 5

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.

School of Clinical Dentistry

Our teaching is driven by world-class research. You'll learn about the new techniques and advances that are rapidly taking place in the field of dentistry.

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.

Our students find that our courses provide them with opportunities to explore ideas, apply what they have learnt and achieve their best. This is reflected in the National Student Survey where we consistently achieve 100 per cent overall student satisfaction.

We're committed to delivering an exceptional student experience. Our staff are involved in the quality assurance of teaching in Sheffield and other universities, and some have gained national recognition. Prestigious awards include: Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Mature Educator, and National Teaching Fellow.

A200 Bachelor of Dental Surgery, DENU03 Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
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.

B750 Bio-dental Science and Technology
We have expertise in diverse fields including anatomy, oral microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, tissue engineering, neuroscience, medical sociology and dental materials.

We carry out world-class basic and translational research in all of these areas. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 92 per cent of our work was rated internationally excellent or world-leading. Our strengths in these disciplines means that this research-led course covers topics that are at the forefront of healthcare research.

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 2018 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 can register with the General Dental Council and work in dentistry as dental hygienists and dental therapists. Career opportunities exist in local NHS and private dental practices, hospital services, community dental services and the Ministry of Defence. Others go on to research and teaching roles within universities or hospital trusts. There are also opportunities within multinational organisations which specialise in healthcare and pharmaceutical products. You may even consider 'topping up' your qualification to a degree, studying for a postgraduate qualification, or studying to become a dentist.

B750 Bio-dental Science and Technology
Our graduates develop the knowledge and skills to work in translational research both in industry and the NHS. As this degree combines a biological science with a healthcare discipline, you'll be well placed for a career in emerging areas of applied health research, the sociology of healthcare, bioactive materials, advanced manufacturing and virtual reality simulation. The degree includes skills development applicable to most workplaces. If you decide to carry out clinical dental training, this degree provides an excellent foundation to support an academic career.

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 and around Sheffield as well as Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Hemsworth near Pontefract.

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

All new students starting a course that involves exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissues must conform to the national guidelines for the protection of patients, healthcare workers and students.

If you're taking a clinical course you'll be expected to achieve a satisfactory level of immunity in terms of Hepatitis B before admission. You'll be tested for Hepatitis C and HIV when you start your course. A positive result doesn't necessarily exclude you from dental training but certain conditions will apply.

If you have serious health problems, or know that you are infected with Hepatitis B, C or HIV, you must disclose this information on your application form. All students with significant health problems will be individually assessed for suitability.

Our immunisation requirements are constantly being reviewed to ensure we meet with current Department of Health guidance. You'll be required to comply with these if you are offered a place. We will advise you further when you apply.


All applicants will need to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). 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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