Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
Campus: Charles Clifford Dental Hospital
UCAS Codes: Course: A200
Applicants in 2011: 900
Interviews: 200
Offers: 110
Annual Intake: 75
Contact Information: The School of Clinical Dentistry
University of Sheffield
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA
Tel: 0114 271 7801
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Sheffield?

    We’re one of the UK’s top dental schools, with a formidable reputation for teaching and research. We’re consistently ranked among the top five dental schools in the country by both the Independent and Complete 2012 university guides. That means you learn from leading experts and have cutting-edge dental technologies at your disposal.

    But we get to know our students, too. This is a friendly learning community so you’ll never feel lost in the crowd. Your tutors will provide regular feedback on all your work and they’ll motivate you to be the best you can be. Throughout, you’ll receive one-to-one support from your personal tutor, and we have a staff-student forum where you can tell us what you think of your course.

    It could explain why our students are so happy. In the 2011 National Student Survey, 95 per cent of our students said they were ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their course.

Entry Requirements


    Although we attempt to take an holistic approach to the selection of students most applicants who secure an interview have a minimum of 6 A grades including Maths, English Language and Science subjects.


    Currently we do not take into account AS grades when assessing the academic record. We use A2 grades or predicted grades where applicable.

    A levels:

    The minimum requirement for entry onto the programme is AAA, including Chemistry and Biology.
    The third A level may be in any subject. At Sheffield we do not give preference to any particular subject for this third A-level choice. Similarly preference is not given to applicants who are taking 4 A-levels or additional AS levels.


    All applicants applying to study Dentistry at the University of Sheffield will need to undertake the UKCAT in order to be eligible for admission. We do not have a cut-off score for the UKCAT and no applicants are excluded from the selection procedure due to a low score. The test result is used in combination with the other academic criteria and a high score may compensate for weaker GCSE grades. The score may also be used at the end of the selection procedure to differentiate between applicants who are equal in all other criteria. The test must be taken prior to your application, please note that test results are only valid for the current admissions cycle, if you re-apply to this Dental School you will need to sit the test again. Details of test dates and how to register for the test can be found on the UKCAT website

    International Applicants:

    International applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in English Language. An IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component is required.

    Equivalent Qualifications

      Bachelors Degree;

      minimum 2.1 in a related science subject.

      Scottish Highers

      five subjects at grades AAAAB to include Biology plus one Advanced Higher in Chemistry at grades A.

      Irish Leaving Certificate

      six subjects at the Higher level, to include Chemistry and Biology at grades AAAAAA.

      Welsh Baccalaureate

      a pass plus two A-Levels in Chemistry and Biology.

      International Baccalaureate

      Grades 6 in Chemistry and Biology at Higher level with an overall score of 37.

      Cambridge Pre-U Certificate

      D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology.

      BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (18 Units)

      Grades DDD to include Chemistry and Biology.

      BTEC Level 3 Diploma (12 Units)

      Grades DD plus one A-level at grade A to include Chemistry and Biology in either qualification.

      BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (6 Units)

      Grade D plus two A-levels at grades AA to include Chemistry and Biology in either qualification.

      Dental Nursing certificate

      plus two A-levels in Chemistry and Biology at grade B

      Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

      , plus one A-level in Chemistry at grade B.


      to HE Diploma in a Science subject. Chemistry and Biology at level 3 must be the major components with 45 credits at Level three and 60 credits overall.

    Course Structure

      Teaching is integrated, so you’ll learn the scientific and pathological processes underlying oral and dental disease at the same time as you acquire the skills to manage patients appropriately.

      Early in the course you’ll learn about the human body in health and disease as well as diseases of the teeth and the supporting tissues, how they can be prevented and how to carry out simple clinical procedures. As you progress through the course, you’ll learn more advanced skills in patient management, the importance of whole patient care, and their long-term management – just as if you were a qualified dental surgeon.

      At the end of your second year, you may choose to take a year out to study for a BMedSci. This is an opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of one of the subjects introduced in the dental course. It includes the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research.

      Towards the end of the BDS course, there is increasing emphasis on the relationship between the different dental specialisms, and the development of skills in diagnosis and treatment planning. Throughout your clinical study you’ll learn to take a preventive approach to patient care, and motivate patients to look after their oral health.

      Placements and practice

      As you become more experienced, you’ll spend periods of time away from the Dental School. This includes treating patients in the Dental Practice Unit, specially created to simulate a modern dental practice, a period in residence at a District General Hospital and an elective placement that could take you anywhere in the world.

      During your fourth and fifth years, you’ll go on a number of dental outreach placements in primary care settings for a total of around 20 weeks. These placements give you the opportunity to treat an extended range of patients in community clinics, dental access centres and general dental practices in the region.

      As you’ll undertake clinical training and placements in NHS hospitals, you will have to adhere to the local NHS codes of governance policies including guidelines on dress, behaviour and professionalism.

    Visiting the Dental School

    Open Days are on 6th and 7th July, 4th September 2012.

    Book your place

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