Newcastle School of Dental Sciences (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
Campus: Medical School
UCAS Codes: Course: A206
University: N21
Applicants in 2011: N/A
Interviews: N/A
Offers: N/A
Annual Intake: N/A
Contact Information: David Brown
School of Dental Sciences
Newcastle University
Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0) 191 222 8347
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Newcastle?

    The school has a long-established reputation for excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and clinical service, and provides a positive and well resourced environment for work and study.

    The School builds on foundations laid during 100 years of Dental education in Newcastle, and has specific aims, and missions that underpin our current activity.

    National student surveys show high ratings for the School, the city and the region – we cannot think of a better place to live, study and work!

Entry Requirements

    A Levels

    AAA including Chemistry and Biology. General Studies, Critical Thinking and a foreign language which is the applicant’s first language are not accepted. AAAAA at GCSE including Biology and Chemistry or AA in Dual Award Science also required.

    Scottish Qualifications

    AAAAA at Higher Grade normally including Chemistry and Biology. Two Advanced Highers also normally required (minimum A/B) to include Biology and/or Chemistry. If only one out of Biology and Chemistry is offered at Advanced Higher, the grade A is required in that science. Candidates offering only one out of Higher Chemistry and Biology will be required to take the other in their final year along with Advanced Higher in the first, and achieve A grades in both the Advanced Higher and the Higher. English and Mathematics required at grade 2 Standard Grade (or Intermediate 2 equivalent).

    International Baccalaureate

    A minimum of 35 points with Chemistry and Biology at Grade 6 or above at Higher level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    A1A1A1AAB at Higher Level, to include Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths, and excluding Irish.

    Access Qualifications

    At least 45 level 3 credits to be achieved at Distinction. Must include at least 15 level 3 credits in each of Biology and Chemistry (Human Biology and Chemistry for the HEFC). A minimum of 2 years of full-time employment required after undertaking school-leaving examinations before commencing the Access to HE Diploma.

    BTEC Level 5 HND

    In a science-related subject with distinction grades in all units. Substantial science content required, in particular, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry.

    Cambridge Pre-U

    D3,D3,D3 in Principal Subjects including both Chemistry and Biology. AAAAA at GCSE including Biology and Chemistry or AA in Dual Award Science also required.

    English Language Requirements

    For this degree you will need a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.


    All applicants are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the year of application. See for further information.

    Work experience:

    All applicants are required to have undertaken a minimum of two weeks’ dental work experience prior to submitting their UCAS application. This should be carried out in a General Dental Practice, but other types of dental work experience may be considered.

    Resit Applications:

    Applications from candidates taking an additional year to resit A levels are considered only from applicants who in the previous admissions round held conditional offers which had been accepted as first choice, and then had failed to meet the terms of the offer.

Course Structure

    Stages 1 and 2

    You spend the first two years studying the basic medical sciences. This provides a basis for clinical work in later Stages. Topics include:

    • an introduction to dentistry

    • molecules, cells and tissues
    • anatomy of the head and neck
    • cardiovascular and respiratory systems
    • oral environment
    • dental tissues
    • nutrition and diet
    • dental materials science
    • interpersonal skills
    • Intercalated study (optional)

      Intercalated study is available for BDS students after completion of Stage 2. See the BDS course overview for more information.

    Stages 3 and 4

    You are introduced to clinical training and you study dental operative techniques, human disease, clinical dentistry and dental materials science.

    By the end of Stage 4, half your time is spent on patient care and clinical dental practice, with supporting clinical-related teaching.

    An optional elective period at the end of Stage 4 gives you the opportunity to organise a few weeks studying dentistry outside Newcastle. In recent years this has taken students all over the world.

    Stage 5

    You concentrate on clinical dentistry, but also on topics such as:

    • oral medicine

    • oral pathology
    • oral and maxillofacial surgery
    • orthodontics
    • preventive dentistry
    • sedation

Visiting the Dental School

The next Open Day at Newcastle University is 29th September 2012

Each Visit Day runs from 9.00am – 4.00pm but is designed to be flexible – we know your arrival time depends on where you’re travelling from. If you can arrive early, you will be able to make the most of the activities on offer.

You don’t need to tell us that you have arrived, but if you do have any questions we’ll be there to help.

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