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Dental Surgery BDS

School of Clinical Dentistry

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    You are viewing this course for 2022-23 entry. 2023-24 entry is also available.

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    Course description

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    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.

    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

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Dental Surgery BDS course structure
    UCAS code: A200
    Years: 2022, 2023

    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.

    Core modules:

    The Human Body

    This theme aims to introduce you to the structure and function of the human body and how structure and function is integrated from molecules through tissues and organ systems to the whole organism.

    Please refer to the department for details of learning and teaching hours

    The Oral Cavity in Health and Disease

    This theme aims to introduce you to the structure and function of the healthy mouth and structures of the head and neck relevant to the practice of clinical dentistry. You will also be introduced to some of the common diseases affecting the head, neck, teeth and oral cavity.

    Please refer to the department for details of learning and teaching hours

    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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    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 invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Assessment

    You will be assessed by exams, coursework and practical tasks.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    BDS Dental Surgery selection process

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAA
    including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology. For science A Levels we require a pass in the practical element

    A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including AA in Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology and B in the third subject + B in a dentistry or health-related EPQ. The EPQ and A Levels must be taken in the one sitting to receive the alternative offer

    International Baccalaureate 36, with 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

    BTEC Extended Diploma D*DD in science including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in 2 Advanced Highers in Chemistry and Biology

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA in Chemistry and Biology

    Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at level 3, including 39 credits at Distinction in Chemistry and Biology and 6 credits at Merit

    Other requirements
    • 6 GSCE grades at 7/A including Maths, English Language and science

    • Graduates - Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.1 in a related or core science subject

    • 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

    • Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB
    including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology. For science A Levels we require a pass in the practical element

    A Levels + additional qualifications AAB, including AA in Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology and B in the third subject + B in a dentistry or health-related EPQ. The EPQ and A Levels must be taken in the one sitting to receive the alternative offer

    International Baccalaureate 36, with 6, 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in science including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in 2 Advanced Highers in Chemistry and Biology

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA in Chemistry and Biology

    Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction in Chemistry and Biology and 9 credits at Merit

    Other requirements
    • 6 GSCE grades at 7/A including Maths, English Language and science

    • Graduates - Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.1 in a related or core science subject

    • 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

    • Human Biology is acceptable instead of Biology

    English language requirements

    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 4/C; 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

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    Health clearance

    All new students must obtain occupational health clearance, which may require an individual assessment. This is to ensure that you meet the fitness to practice standards detailed on the Higher Education Occupational Practitioners (HEOPS) guidance.

    We offer support to students with additional needs, for example, through the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service or Student Support Services. You can find out more about the network of support services we provide. A very small number of conditions might, on health and safety grounds, affect your registration with the appropriate regulatory body and your ability to practise in certain clinical situations.

    If you're offered a place, you'll need to comply with the Department of Health and Social Care mandatory immunisation requirements.

    You should have at least two Covid vaccinations to protect yourself and vulnerable people in your placement areas.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Dentistry at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    School of Clinical Dentistry

    School of Clinical Dentistry building

    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.

    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 high scores for 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. Many have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to learning and teaching and commitment to professional development through professional bodies such as the Association for Dental Education in Europe and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and some have gained national recognition, such as the ADEE Excellence in Dental Education Award, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and National Teaching Fellow. 

    Many of our staff are also internationally respected for their research. Some are general dental practitioners with years of clinical experience.

    Our placement programme for students is outstanding. You'll learn the value of evidence-based dentistry and how to apply it to clinical practice.

    We also have links with the Medical School and the local community.

    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.

    Dentistry students are based at the School of Clinical Dentistry, situated within the University campus to the west of Sheffield. The school has a very close working relationship with the adjacent Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, a specialist facility offering dental services to people in Sheffield and surrounding areas. This is where most of our teaching takes place.

    Facilities

    We aim to provide a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, with access to some excellent facilities. In our virtual simulation suite you can practice dentistry in a virtual reality environment.

    We have dedicated research facilities and laboratories for tissue culture, molecular biology, materials science, histology-microscopy and electrophysiology, all with dedicated technical support.

    We continually seek to improve our range of facilities to meet the needs of our student and research community.

    School of Clinical Dentistry

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      92 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    School of Clinical Dentistry

    Top 10 in the UK for Dentistry

    The Times Good University Guide 2022
    The Complete University Guide 2022
    The Guardian University Guide 2022

    92% percent of our research was graded as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

    Research Excellence Framework 2014

    The University of Sheffield is within the top 100 in the world for clinical and health subjects

    Times Higher Education (THE) World Subject Rankings 2021


    Dental Surgery BDS

    Dental Surgery has 91% overall student satisfaction (in top 5 Russell Group, top 10 in UK)

    National Student Survey 2020

    Graduate careers

    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.

    Further information

    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. These placements give you the chance to treat an extended range of patients in and around Sheffield as well as Chesterfield, Barnsley and Hemsworth near Pontefract.

    Most of the placements are in general dental practice with few in 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.

    UCAT

    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 www.ucat.ac.uk

    International students

    Immigration regulations are constantly being reviewed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). At the present time, non UK 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 www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas and www.copdend.org

    Clinical requirements

    Our School also has a series of clinical requirements for clinical students. Before accepting an offer of a place, you must confirm you will comply with these requirements.

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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    At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Applicant days

    If you've made an application to study with us, we may invite you for an interview. If you are then successful in receiving an offer, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

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    Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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