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BDS Gateway to Dentistry (A208)
A-level standard offer: BBC
A-level contextual offer:
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
6 year(s) full-time
Part-time study is not available for this course
The closing date for Dentistry UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Dentistry.
£9,250 per year, home students
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only.
Gateway to Dentistry is aimed at students who have the potential to become dentists but do not meet the academic entry criteria to apply directly to our five-year undergraduate BDS Dentistry course. Our Gateway courses are widening participation initiatives for UK students who fulfil specific criteria and wish to apply for a clinical programme in dentistry, medicine or veterinary science.
During the Gateway year students will learn alongside each other, benefiting from shared interprofessional insight and the unique community of Bristol’s medical, dental and veterinary schools. Students will be taught by academic teachers who are scientists and clinicians.
The Gateway course will deepen existing knowledge of core sciences underpinning clinical subjects. It places emphasis on the development of personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours that enable successful transition to university study. Successful completion of the Gateway year allows automatic progression onto BDS Dentistry.
This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only and/or to those who have spent three months or more in care. For further information visit: Contextual offers.
International students may be eligible for the International Foundation Programme for Dentistry.
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; find out more about pre-course occupational health information.
In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practice, all dental students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with other health-related courses in the UK.
Please note that as part of your training you will come into contact with human and animal cadaveric material.
Studies will include:
- Basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human/animal;
- Fundamental principles of chemistry;
- Maths and statistics relevant to health sciences programmes;
- Clinical professional attributes;
- Clinically-relevant work experience.
Successful students will then join the five-year BDS course.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
BBC including B in Biology or Chemistry.
Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of AAB or above (or points equivalent), or with A in Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.
DMM BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science (RQF): Grades DDM or DMM, including six specified Biology or Chemistry units in any combination. Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of DDD or above cannot be considered for Gateway programmes but could be considered for the 5 year standard entry course instead.Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
29 points overall with 14 at Higher level, including 5 at Higher Level in Biology or Chemistry.
Applicants with predicted or achieved grades of 33 points overall including 16 at Higher Level, or with 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, are not eligible for this course.
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: BB including Biology or Chemistry, and Standard Level: BBBBC. Applicants with achieved or predicted Advanced Higher grades of AA, or with Chemistry at A grade, are not eligible for this course.
Access to HE Diploma
Not accepted for this course. Access to HE students are instead welcome to apply to the standard Dentistry course.
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent) and Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other skills
- GCSE English Language grade B or 6
- An alternative English Language Profile B qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
The University Clinical Aptitude Test is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UCAT; please see the UCAT website for details.
Work experience is recommended; please see the Admissions Statement.
More about UK qualifications.
- We select successful applicants based on the UCAS application, UCAT and interview.
- Full information about our selection processes for this course:
- Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement: