Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate Entry (5 years)
UCAS Codes: Course: A206 BDS
University:P60
Applicants in 2011: 446
Interviews: 172
Offers: 74
Annual Intake: 62 Home, 3 International
Contact Information: The John Bull Building
Tamar Science Park
Research Way
Plymouth UK,
PL6 8BU
Tel: +44(0)1752 437333
E-mail: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
Website: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/BDS/
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Plymouth?

    The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree is a stimulating programme that’s both pioneering and patient-centred. It’s been developed to provide you with the highest level of core dental skills and knowledge you need for a hugely rewarding career as a dentist.

    Through our BDS degree we offer students state-of-the art facilities and are committed to producing dental practitioners with clinical skills of the highest order and a strong sense of social awareness.

Entry Requirements

    Direct School Leavers

    GCE A level

    The typical offer is AAA at GCE A Level which must include Chemistry and Biology. A fourth subject must be achieved at a minimum of grade C at AS Level. General Studies at A/AS Level is not included within any offer.

    GCSEs

    Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C which must include English Language, Mathematics and either GCSE Single and Additional Science or GCSE Biology and Chemistry.

    International Baccalaureate

    38 – 36 points overall including 6 in Higher Level Biology and Chemistry.

    Scottish Advanced Highers

    Grades AAA including Chemistry and Biology.

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

    A pass in the Diploma, plus grades AA in Chemistry and Biology. A fourth subject must be achieved at a minimum of grade C at AS Level. General Studies at A/AS Level is not included within any offer.

    Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

    D3, D3, M1 including Chemistry at D3 and Biology at a minimum of M1. Applicants will be required to pass the Global Perspectives and Independent Research element at a minimum of M3.

    GCE A levels and Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

    Applications will be assessed on an individual basis according to the subjects studied. Chemistry must be achieved at D3 in lieu of grade A at GCE A level. For a non-science subject a minimum grade M1 is required. Applicants will be required to pass the Global Perspectives and Independent Research element at a minimum of M3 or a further subject at AS level at a minimum of grade C (excluding General Studies).

    UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

    In light of the University’s recent decision to offer a five year BDS programme instead of a four year degree, applicants for 2013 entry are not required to sit the UKCAT test. This decision may be reviewed again for 2014 entry.

    Non-direct School Leavers

    If it is more than two years since you completed your GCE A Levels or equivalent qualifications, if you are a graduate or if you have enrolled onto the second year of an existing degree programme at the time of application, then you should discuss the entry requirements with the Admissions Team.

Course Structure

    Years 1 & 2

    Year One covers aspects of normal structure, function and behaviour and the scientific basis of these. It also focuses on dental health, prevention of dental disease and the underlying principles of personal and professional development. You will be introduced to the clinic and the Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE) at an early stage.

    In Year One you will gain insight into the importance of team working in dentistry as you work as a dental nurse with senior students in the clinic. By the end of Year 1 you will be familiar and comfortable with the Clinical and Simulated Dental Environments.

    In Year Two you build on your foundations with common dental problems, as well as disease mechanisms being considered in much greater depth. In term one, training intensifies in the Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE) and you are prepared for your first own patient contact. Term two sees the introduction of face-to-face contact with patients in clinics, where you will be able to develop your communication skills under the close supervision of dental practitioners, bringing to life experience and skills SDLE.

    Years 3 & 4

    Both Years 3 & 4 of the BDS degree are devoted to furthering your clinical experience and applying what you’ve learnt to the realities of dental practice. Throughout the degree you’ll also enhance your managerial and leadership abilities by helping and advising junior students with their clinical work and treatment planning.

    In Year 4, your clinical practice will expand to 4 days per week and include many aspects of dental care provision, including:

    • Advanced restorative techniques
    • Oral surgery

    • Oral diseases
    • Orthodontics

    Years 3 and 4 give you an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience of the roles and services provided by specialists in primary and secondary care.

Visiting the Dental School

The next available Open Day is on Saturday 20 October 2012, 10.00 – 16.30.

Click here to register your attendance

All information taken from university website and liaison with admissions officer. Information correct at time of publication – 20/08/12.