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Dental Surgery BDS

School of Clinical Dentistry

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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

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 directly.

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Title: Dental Surgery BDS course structure
UCAS code: A200
Years: 2021

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.

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.

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

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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

Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAA
including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology

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

BTEC | D*DD in science including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units DDD in science including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAAAB, including Biology + A in Chemistry; AAAAB, including Chemistry + A in Biology AAABB, including Biology + A in Chemistry; AAABB, including Chemistry + A in Biology

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

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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 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

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

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.

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 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, 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.

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.

Facilities

We aim to provide a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, with access to first-rate 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 state-of-the-art 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 2021
QS World University Rankings

  Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014

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


School of Clinical Dentistry

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

The University of Sheffield is one of the top 10 places in the UK to study dentistry

The Guardian University Guide 2021


Dental Surgery

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.

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 in order to progress on the course and undertake exposure prone procedures (EPPs). 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 if you are able to continue, 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.

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.

Visit us

University open days

There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

Open days: book your place

Taster days

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.

Campus tours

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

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