Cardiff School of Dentistry (Undergraduate with Foundation Year)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate Entry (6 years)
Campus: Cathays Park
UCAS Codes: Course: A204
University: C15
Applicants in 2011: N/A
Interviews: N/A
Offers: N/A
Annual Intake: 80
Contact Information: Mrs Victoria Ocock
Admissions Officer
Cardiff School Of Dentistry
Cardiff University
CF14 4XY
Tel: 029 2074 5867 / 2368
Figures are based on University provided averages.

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Why Apply To Cardiff

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is an integrated course with no separation between the basic science and clinical subjects, and, within the clinical subjects, teaching within the various topics draws expertise from all relevant divisions and from other schools within the University.

The six-year programme, including a Foundation year, is for those applicants who cannot meet the subject requirements for entry to the five-year programme.

The foundation year (Year 0), and most of Year 1 are taught within Cardiff School of Biosciences at the Cathays Park campus. Following successful completion of your examinations, you will continue the majority of your studies at the School of Dentistry.

Entry Requirements

    All applicants must satisfy the current GCSE requirement. We expect a reasonable spread of subjects at a minimum of B grades which must include either single science (Biology or Chemistry) or Science, English Language, Mathematics.


    The six-year course is ONLY available to students who either take no Science subjects at A-Level or take a maximum of one of Chemistry, Biology or Physics. Entry requirements will be three A-Levels at AAA..

    Resit A-Levels

    We do not consider applicants re-sitting their A-Levels.

    IB Diploma

    In addition to the GCSE requirements above:

  • Available to students who are taking ONLY ONE science subject in the IB Diploma. An overall score of 36 points must be obtained with a minimum score of 6 in the one Higher Level science subject (i.e. either Chemistry OR Biology OR Physics).
  • We do not consider applicants re-sitting their IB.
  • Degree

    In addition to the GCSE requirements above (or equivalent):

  • We do consider UCAS applications from students who have undertaken a first degree, but do not offer an abbreviated course for graduates. Our standard requirements are:

  • An Upper Second Class (2:1) Honours degree in a non-Science discipline. In addition, we give preference to a graduate with a minimum of three B grades at A-Level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate

    Applicants with the ILC are considered for entry to the six-year A204 course. Our standard requirements are for AAAABB grades to be achieved at the first attempt which must include at least two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics plus English Language. All grades must be at Highers/Hons level. Grades are always required as we do not work on a points score total.

    We do not consider applicants re-sitting their Irish Leaving Certificate.

    Scottish Qualifications

    An applicant with Scottish Highers can ONLY apply for entry to the six year course. We currently ask for AAAAA grades which must include at least two of Chemistry, Biology or Physics, plus English Language.

    We do not consider applicants re-sitting their Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers.

    Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Diploma must be achieved with 360 points and within the Diploma we would specify two A grades to be achieved in both Chemistry and Biology A-Levels.

    Access Courses

    Applicants who have taken, or are taking an accredited Access to Science course can be considered for entry to the six year BDS course. All credits must be at Level 3, and must include both Biology and Chemistry components. We expect the equivalent of a score of 80% to be achieved overall.

    UK Clinical Aptitude Test

    All applicants for both A200 and A204 programmes are required to take the UKCAT clinical aptitude test during the July – October period immediately before applying through UCAS.

    Overseas Applications

    UCAS applications from overseas applicants are welcomed.

    All applicants must be able to satisfy both the academic entry requirements plus the University’s English Language requirement.

    Language qualifications must include reading, writing, speaking and listening tests and the following are acceptable:

  • IGCSE B Grade requirement
  • TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based)
  • IELTS 6.5 in the overall band
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency English at Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English at Grade B or above
  • Applicants resident overseas will be required to attend for an interview in Cardiff. Unfortunately we are unable to meet any travelling expenses.

Course Structure

    Year 1

    You will spend most of the first year studying The Foundation Theme in the School of Biosciences learning the basic sciences of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, which are the foundation for the practice of Dentistry. Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practicals. Students are also timetabled to spend one day per week at the University Dental Hospital observing clinic activity, learning about clinical procedures, professionalism and dental terminology as well as learning about the role and responsibilities of the Dental Team. You will also undertake Library, IT and study skills training whilst at the Dental Hospital.

    Year 2

    Following successful completion of the first year, you will continue to learn about the foundation topics that become integrated with the Oral Ecosystems Theme, which covers the basic sciences relevant to the mouth, including the development, physiology and biochemistry of oral and dental tissues, . These themes are enhanced and supported by the Human Diseases Theme through which students learn those aspects of Medicine, Pharmacology and Surgery required by a dentist. In Year 2 you are also introduced to Clinical Dentistry, commencing with the Pre-Operative Techniques course in the Pre-Clinical Laboratory which is required before progressing to work with your own patients in July of the second year. You will cover areas such as Radiology, Dental Pathology, Periodontology, Dental Materials, Cariology, Paediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics within the Clinical Dentistry theme. The Dentistry in the Wider Community theme covers the Behavioural Sciences and Ethics required to work within the community as well as continuing the Family Study programme which you started in the first year.

    Years 3 and 4

    In the third and fourth years, you will follow the Clinical Dentistry, Human Diseases and Dentistry in the Wider Community themes covering topics such as Integrated Restorative Dental Care, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontology, Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Statistics, Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology and Dental Public Health. In addition to this, you will increase the amount of time spent in the clinics treating patients and developing interpersonal and clinical skills.

    Year 5

    The final year provides a substantial amount of time for training outwith the Dental School. You will spend your time in the dental units of district general hospitals, local and outreach community dental clinics, a primary dental care unit remote from the School. There is also an opportunity for taking part in the ERASMUS programme to further develop your skills prior to graduation. The School is actively involved in the ERASMUS exchange programme and has formal links with institutions located in Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy amongst others. Students entering the final year of the B.D.S. (Hons) degree are required to undertake a Final Year Project that contributes to their overall degree classification. The Final Year Project aims to provide you with experience in research methodology, critical appraisal of literature and scholarship

Visiting the Dental School

The next available Visit Day for the University of Cardiff is 14th September 2012.

Book your spot here.

All information taken from university website and liaison with admissions officer. Information correct at time of publication – 30/06/12.