BDS Gateway to Dentistry (A208)

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UCAS code A208
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept applications through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five can be used for Dentistry.

Course duration 6 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £UK only per year
  • International students: £UK only per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £UK only per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 1

About BDS Gateway to Dentistry

This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become dentists but do not meet the academic criteria to apply directly to BDS Dentistry. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria.

The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences that underpin the study of dentistry and to foster professional behaviours and attitudes. Dental work experience forms part of the course. Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress to the BDS Dentistry.


Please note: This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.

Further information, and lists of the eligible schools and colleges, can be found on the admissions statement.

Health and Disclosure and Barring Service check

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree, you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses. These blood tests are to identify the few whose health status may place them and/or future patients at risk.

In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practise, some students may not be suitable for a career in dentistry. All dental students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with other health-related courses in the UK.

View all our Dentistry courses

See a list of all Dentistry degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Course structure

Assessment will be via continuous assessment, plus formal examinations in January and June.

Successful students will then join the five-year BDS Dentistry course.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Gateway to Dentistry

Typical offer for BDS Gateway to Dentistry - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted/achieved grades of AAB or above are not eligible for this course.
Science practicals A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 overall and 16 at Higher Level or above are not eligible for this course.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerNot accepted
BTEC offer DMM in an Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Sciences). Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of DDD or above, and/or are also taking A-level Chemistry, are not eligible.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: B in Chemistry, and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of A A are not eligible to apply for this course.
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Higher literacy requirement (B in GCSE English or equivalent) and
higher numeracy requirement (B in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
two higher science requirements (B in GCSE Science or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsUK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT - please see the UKCAT website for details. Applicants are recommended to complete relevant work experience prior to application.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Candidates who fulfil both the academic entry criteria and the additional widening participation criteria will be considered for interview. This will be a series of practical tests (multiple mini interview) undertaken at the University of Bristol campus.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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