Dental Surgery with a Preliminary Year (BDS)
6 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
Our 6 year BDS programme includes a foundation year and is an opportunity for you if you haven’t chosen the science subjects required for the five-year programme. The programme is delivered in the only dental school in Wales, and is one of the highest ranked in the UK. The School is based in the Dental Hospital at the University Hospital of Wales, with outstanding facilities, expert tuition, and early exposure to patients from your first year. Employment prospects are excellent, with typically 100% of graduates in employment within six months.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Typical places available||4-5|
|Typical applications received||250|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||AAA|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr R. McAndrew|
|Tel Number||029 2074 2468|
Renowned for excellence in teaching and research, our School of Dentistry offers outstanding facilities and a friendly atmosphere, so it is no surprise the BDS course attracts students from throughout the world.
The School is located at the Heath Park campus and is based in the Dental Hospital, which is part of the University Hospital of Wales. This means the School has a close working relationship with the NHS.
In year 0 you will follow the foundation course to prepare and give you a base for years 1-5.
Our integrated dental curriculum gives you early contact with patients – in Year 1 you will spend one day a week at the Dental School, while the foundation year of the six-year programme (Year 0), and most of Year 1 for the five and six year programmes are taught in Cardiff School of Biosciences at the Cathay’s Park campus.
In Years 2-5 you will be based in the School of Dentistry, and there are
increased opportunities to practice in community clinics, district general
hospitals and satellite academic units
As the only School of Dentistry in Wales, there is a seamless link with the Dental Service Group of the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust based in the University Dental Hospital, which provides the majority of the clinical experience you will gain during your studies, providing advice and treatment for patients from Wales and from neighbouring parts of England.
The course structure is as follows:
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.
You will spend most of the first year studying 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. You will also
spend up to two afternoons 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 at the Dental Hospital.
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 you will learn those aspects of Medicine, Pharmacology and Surgery required by a dentist. 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. 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 Three and Four
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. Students also start work on a final project to be submitted in the final year. The Project aims to provide you with experience in research methodology, critical appraisal of literature and scholarship
The final year provides a substantial amount of time for training outside the School of Dentistry. You will spend your time in the dental units of district general hospitals, local and outreach community dental clinics and a primary dental care unit remote from the School.
Visit the Cardiff School of Dentistry website for more information about modules and credits.
The School of Dentistry provides a high-quality, evidence-based, research-led, innovative and student-centred educational experience. The School delivers modern, efficient and effective programmes that produce high calibre graduates who can make a positive impact on society by enhancing patient care and advancing dental science.
|Typical A-level Offer|| AAA, including
no more than one of Chemistry, Biology or Physics
For 2015 entry: AAA, including no more than one of Chemistry or Biology.
|Typical WBQ Offer|| Pass Advanced Diploma
to include 2 x AA grades with no more than one of Chemistry, Biology or Physics.
For 2015 entry: Pass Advanced Diploma to include 2 x AA grades with no more than one of Chemistry or Biology.
|Typical Int Bacc Offer|| 36 points, with
a minimum score of 6 at Higher Level in ONE of Chemistry, Biology or
For 2015 entry: 36 points, with a minimum score of 6 at Higher Level in ONE of Chemistry or Biology.
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
In 2010, 100% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation.
Employers included a variety of NHS Trusts and higher education institutions. Career destinations included: Specialist dental practice, community dental practice and medical research posts.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dental Admissions Officer
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 2468
Fax: +44 (0)29 2074 5004