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Dentistry (Graduate Entry) BDS

Dentistry (Graduate Entry) BDS

School of Medicine and Dentistry

UCAS Code

A202

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Five Years. NB, Applicants who meet the entry criteria (see below) and who are successful at interview will be eligible for direct entry to Year 2.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    A202; Short form: BDS/Dent

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BDS

Why study this course?

Since 2011, every student who has graduated from this course has secured their first job as a dental foundation trainee - impressive, given places are limited and awarded following a national competitive selection process. There are only 29 places on the programme so it has a friendly, intimate feel and allows for more discursive, interactive learning. You will be based in one of our four local Dental Education Centres for the majority of the final three years - a very different model from a traditional dental school and one that we firmly believe prepares you better for life in practice.

Entry Requirements

For a comprehensive list of entry requirements, please see the further information section.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

The dental course cannot be divided into discrete "self existing" units because the development of clinical knowledge and skills is a continuous process. There are no optional subjects. The following gives a basic outline of the courses.

(NOTE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2014 ENTRY)

Compulsory modules

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Body cells and structure
  • Body systems and nutrition
  • Body locomotion and control

Year 2

During your first year of the graduate entry pathway training at UCLan you will learn clinical skills in the phantom head room and practice procedures such as examination, scaling and impressions in the clinical training units. You will learn dental technology in the prosthetics teaching laboratory. Towards the end of the first year at UCLan (2nd BDS) you will go to your DEC for two days a week to begin your work on patients.

Compulsory modules

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Oral science and medicine including anatomy (1)
  • Behavioural science
  • Communication skills
  • Basic radiology
  • Health education
  • Dental materials

Skill Development (on simulators)

  • Preventative techniques
  • Fillings
  • Oral examination
  • Injections
  • Extractions
  • Dental technology

Clinical Practice

  • Students treat their first patient towards the end of the year

Professional Awareness

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Now you are based in your Dental Education Centre most of the time and really put into practice the skills you learned on the phantom heads in second BDS. You will return to Preston for a number of training days to learn about endodontics and crowns.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Oral science and medicine (2)
  • Restorative dentistry (1)
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Introduction to orthodontics

Skill Development (on simulators)

  • Endodontics
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Flap design
  • Suturing

Clinical Practice (treating patients)

  • Oral hygiene
  • Scaling
  • Routine fillings
  • Endodontics
  • Simple dentures
  • Paediatric cases

Professional Awareness


Year 4

So far all the work has been primary care dentistry, which all dentists provide themselves. By the third year (fourth BDS) you will be ready to learn about secondary care that is provided by consultants and specialists. It is very important for you to see and understand these aspects of dentistry so that, when you qualify, you will know which patients need to be referred. During your placement in NHS hospitals local to the DECs you also learn about the management of medical conditions that impact on dental care. You will return to Preston for a course on advanced restorative dentistry.

Year 4 (continued)

Compulsory modules

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Oral diseases and pathology
  • Oral medicine and surgery
  • Applied radiology
  • Restorative dentistry (2)
  • Scientific appraisal
  • Elective project
  • Law and ethics

Skill Development (on simulators)

  • Advanced restorative
  • Techniques (bridges and complex dentures)

Clinical Practice (treating patients)

  • As Year 1 and 2 plus
  • Orthodontics
  • Minor oral surgery
  • Oral medicine
  • Sedation
  • General anaesthesia

Professional Awareness


Year 5

This is mainly a consolidation year. In addition to working in the DEC and continuing placements in local hospitals you will work in an Enhanced Training Practice. You will provide routine treatment for patients in the practice. This is a final stepping stone before you graduate and enter the dental foundation training scheme.

Compulsory modules

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Medical A&E
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Maxillo-facial surgery
  • Implantology
  • Dental public health

Clinical Practice (treating patients)

  • Consolidation of Years 2, 3 and 4

Professional Awareness

Further Information

In the first year of the graduate entry pathway (2nd BDS) students are based in the Dental School at Preston. The course focuses on developing clinical skills and supporting knowledge as well as an understanding of how the human body works in health and disease. In Years 2, 3 & 4 (3rd, 4th & 5th BDS) students are based at one of the four Dental Education Centres; located in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay. Here they put their skills into practice by treating patients, returning to Preston for short courses to learn more complex procedures. In the third year (4th BDS) students start to attend clinics in the local hospitals to understand the various specialities in dentistry. In their final years, students work in enhanced training practices where they have their own surgery and nurse.

The General Dental Council states that UCLan are delivering ‘a particularly innovative dental degree programme’ with imaginative use of IT, e-learning and an emphasis on learning dentistry within the local community.

Entering Year 2 (2nd BDS) of the course, you will practice routine clinical procedures in the phantom head room and learn about the clinical and technical procedures involved in making dentures. During this time you will begin to expand their biomedical knowledge to embrace the principles of disease and medical knowledge that must underpin dental practice. In subsequent years you will learn the knowledge and practice of specific branches of dentistry.

During your 3-year placement at one of four local community Dental Education Centres (DECs), you will gain experience of secondary care maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and advanced restorative dentistry. The DECs are clinical training centres where you will treat patients, under supervision, and gain first-hand experience within the communities you are most likely to serve after graduation.

More than 9 out of 10 students find this course intellectually stimulating, according to the National Student Survey 2103.

Clinical Training
  • Year 1 BDS (Note: Currently not available for 2014 entry)
  • Year 2 BDS: UCLan and Dental Education Centre
  • Year 3 BDS: UCLan and Dental Education Centre
  • Year 4 BDS: UCLan, Dental Education Centre and Placement in NHS Hospitals
  • Year 5 BDS: UCLan, Dental Education Centre, Placement in NHS Hospitals and Enhanced Practice Training

Fees and Bursaries

BDS Dental Surgery (graduate entry pathway) Funding between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015
The Department of Health have stated that:
Graduate entry students starting on the accelerated four-year programme between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015 will have to self-fund the first £3,465 towards their tuition costs in Year 1 of the course. From Year 2 of the course the NHS Bursary will pay £3,465 towards their tuition. In all years of the graduate programme, a loan of up to £5,535 will be available from Student Finance England to cover the difference between £3,465 and the tuition charges of their universities up to a maximum charge of £9,000. In 2014/15, the level of tuition cost met by the student in the first year and by the NHS Bursary from Year 2 may have to increase to cover any [inflationary] rise in tuition.
Students who live in Wales, Scotland or N. Ireland need to contact their relevant national authority for information.

BDS Dental Surgery (graduate entry pathway) Funding for September 2014 Entrants
Year 2 BDS
Tuition Fees

Fees for the academic year will be £9,000 for BDS Dental Surgery students starting in September 2013.
You will have to self-fund £3,465 towards the cost of these fees. A Tuition Fee Loan is available from the government to students resident in England to cover the remaining £5,535. Tuition Fee Loans are paid directly to the university.

Year 3 BDS – Year 5 BDS
Tuition Fees
For students resident in England, the NHS will contribute £3,465 towards the cost of these fees. A Tuition Fee Loan is available from the government to cover the remaining tuition fee.

Maintenance Assistance
Students resident in England can apply for support from both the NHS and Student Finance England to help with maintenance costs.

NHS
You are eligible to apply for a non-means tested grant of £1,000. In addition to this you can apply for a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395. This is dependent upon your household income and whether you are living at, or away, from the parental home. Grant and bursary payments are non-repayable.

Students with dependent adults and/or children may be eligible to apply for additional grants from the NHS.
Bursary payments from the NHS are paid monthly. For more information in regards to NHS bursaries please visit the NHS Bursaries website.

Student Finance England
You can also apply for a reduced rate Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England. If you are living with your parents you can apply for up to £1,744. If you are living away from your parents, you can apply for up to £2,324.

In your final year the Maintenance Loan entitlement will be lowered to £1,811 if you are living away from home and £1,324 if you are living with your parents.

Maintenance Loan payments are paid in three instalments throughout the academic year. The first instalment is paid soon after enrolment, the second in January and the third in April.

To apply for Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan assistance, and for further eligibility information, please visit Direct.gov.uk

How to apply
NHS
Students will be contacted by the NHS directly inviting them to apply for bursary support prior to enrolling on the 2nd year of the course.

Student Finance England
To apply for Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan assistance, and for further eligibility information, please visit
Direct.gov.uk.

Repayment
Student Finance England
Repayment of Maintenance and Tuition Fee Loan will only start once you have left university and are earning over £21,000 per year. For further repayment information please visit Direct.gov.uk

How to Apply - UCAS application deadline date: 15 October 2014

Applicants must also download, complete in full and return the Verification of Prior Learning document to DentistryAPL@uclan.ac.uk by the deadline of the 15th October 2014.


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I feel ecstatic to have graduated from the course. I wanted a profession that was practical; science based and gave me the opportunity to interact with people. The course has been ideal preparation.

Shreena Mistry

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Entry Requirements

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degrees in the UK are 5 year programmes. There is a standard entry pathway and a graduate entry pathway. Applicants to the graduate entry pathway must demonstrate that their prior formal qualifications have covered relevant biomedical subjects. This will also allow direct entry to Year 2 (2nd BDS).

 

This year the University of Central Lancashire offers 29 places on its graduate entry pathway with no standard entry places. All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their prior degree covered the biomedical subjects included in the attached learning outcomes. This course is only open to applicants from the UK and European Union.

 

Academic Requirements

  1. A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a biomedical discipline.
  2. Verification or prior learning (see below).
  3. A minimum of 3 A-Levels at Grade C or above (at least two of which must be from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics*).
  4. GCSE Mathematics (Grade B) and English Language (Grade B) or equivalent
  5. All students whose first language is not English must have IELTS – grade 7.0 or above in every category.
  6. An academic reference. This should be from the course leader, your personal tutor or project supervisor. If you do not already have your degree, the academic reference should include a predicted grade. If you have been in employment for a number of years and are unable to obtain a reference from your previous university degree, we would consider a reference that can evidence continuing professional development at degree level or beyond.
*Please note that only one Mathematics award will count as one of the two required subjects. General Studies is not counted as one of the A-Levels.

It is helpful if you make the biological components of your degree clear on the UCAS form. Please refer to the frequently asked questions document if you hold non-UK qualifications for advice on how your qualifications are assessed.

Verification of Prior Learning

At the time of submitting their UCAS form applicants for the Graduate Entry pathway MUST complete the document Verification of Prior Learning to demonstrate that their first degree has satisfied the Learning Outcomes of Year 1. This should be e-mailed direct to the Admissions Tutor at DentistryAPL@uclan.ac.uk If applicants are successful at interview the information provided will be verified before an offer is made.

Non-Academic Entry Requirements

  1. Home/EU students only. Currently, we are only funded to offer places to UK/EU candidates, hence we cannot accept international applicants to this course.
  2. A fully and accurately completed UCAS form, ensuring that all applicable sections contain the relevant information.
  3. Work experience within Dentistry; we recommend a minimum of two weeks shadowing experience in an NHS General Dental Practice. However, in general, the more dental work experience an applicant has the better their understanding is of dentistry as a career as well as broadening their knowledge of current dental issues.
  4. Personal Statement; applicants must demonstrate their motivation for a career in dentistry.
  5. If the main academic qualifications were gained many years previously there should be evidence of recent academic endeavour i.e. in the last five years.
  6. CRB; all potential students must undergo an enhanced CRB check prior to admittance to the programme.
  7. Occupational Health Clearance; all prospective students must complete an occupational health screening. Students are advised to be protected against chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis C and TB. All offers are conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the Occupational Health Service. In line with the document for ‘New healthcare workers’ (Department of Health, 2007) all students must demonstrate that they are free from TB, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV prior to final acceptance on to the course. Students must also demonstrate that they have sufficient Hepatitis B antibody levels prior to commencing ‘exposure prone procedures’ and so are encouraged to start an appropriate course of Hepatitis B vaccinations as soon as possible (i.e. by the time an offer is made).
  8. It is also beneficial for you to have had at least a year's general work experience.
  9. We are unable to accept applications from individuals who are enrolled on another university course unless that course will be completed, and the results known, by the end of August prior to the start of the dental course.
  10. The School of Dentistry tries to accommodate students with disability or learning support needs, but it can only accept students who would be able to practise dentistry without detriment to patients. Students who have a disability that is likely to significantly affect their ability to practise dentistry, or who will need significant support to enable them to do so, are encouraged to discuss this informally with the Admissions Tutor at the School of Dentistry at UCLan. Please contact the Admissions Tutor at dinfo@uclan.ac.uk

Selection Procedure

 

It is important to take note of the dates of the entrance exam and the interviews which are listed below as no other dates will be available.

Applicants who perform well at the entrance assessment exam which will be held on Wednesday 19th November 2014 (no other date will be available), who have demonstrated that their degree has contained the necessary relevant subjects and who have produced all required certificates will be invited for interview between 15th – 19th December 2014 (no other interview dates will be available).

 

Entrance Assessment Exam

 

This exam is designed to ensure that all applicants have the necessary level of knowledge in order to allow them to enter Year 2 of the 5 year programme. The exam will cover all topics listed in the attached Verification of Prior Learning Document. Applicants must bring all original documentation (GCSE/A-Level/Degree) to the exam.

 

Interview Format

 

Applicants who perform well at the entrance assessment exam, who have demonstrated that their degree has contained the necessary relevant subjects and who have produced all required certificates will be invited for interview between 15th – 19th December 2014 (no other interview dates will be available).

The day will consist of (in no particular order):

 

    • A presentation from the Director of the BDS programme
      (Associate Dean) of the Dental School
    • Tour of the Dental School in Preston
    • Paper work
    • Applicants will be expected to undertake two manual dexterity tasks:
      • Instructions regarding a simple manual dexterity task will be included in the invite for interview letter. Applicants will be asked to learn how to perform the task and are welcome to practice as much as is needed prior to interview. The task must be completed on the interview day, without instructions. Maximum time allowed - five minutes.
      • Applicants will be asked at interview to perform a second manual task without prior knowledge, using either wax or wire. Approximately 20 minutes.
    • The interview itself will take the format of Mini Multi Interviews lasting approximately 70 minutes and will include topics such as communication skills, knowledge of dentistry, ethics and professionalism and team working.

View Frequently Asked Questions (.pdf 198KB)

Decisions and Feedback

All applicants will be notified of our decision as soon as possible; however, this may not be until the end of March. Normally, brief feedback is provided to unsuccessful applicants through UCAS at the time of rejection. Requests for additional feedback should be made in writing to the Admissions Tutor at dinfo@uclan.ac.uk . She will endeavour to respond within one month of receipt of the request but may not be in a position to provide any detailed feedback until after the end of March.

 

 

Programme Specification

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.

Apply Now

Complete your application for 2015 entry before the UCAS deadline of 15th January 2015.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

Further information:

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Learning Environment and Assessment

As a UCLan Dentistry student you will learn clinical skills in one of the most modern phantom head rooms in Europe, equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment.

Four Dental Education Centres (DECs) based locally within the community have been equipped with brand new surgeries, tutorial and study facilities dedicated for student teaching.

UCLan and the DECs are linked via IT for learning and teaching, with individual student access to the relevant intranets.

Teaching Styles
A Varied Approach
We employ a number of teaching methods to teach you the various aspects of dentistry. There is a great emphasis on clinical experience to develop clinical skills, initially by working on simulators in phantom head. Working with actors assists in the development of communication skills. Knowledge is developed by traditional lectures and tutorials as well as Problem Based Learning (PBL) where you work together to develop an integrated knowledge of how the body functions in Health and Disease. We use a variety of methods for assessment such as short answer, single best item and short note questions.

Human Anatomy and Resource Learning Centre
An understanding of anatomy is essential for any surgical discipline. HARLC is the focus for you to learn about the workings of the human body, particularly the head and neck region. The resources in the centre include anatomical models, guides and videos of professional dissections. You will have access to the centre from 7.30am until 8.00pm. You will be taught by dedicated anatomy staff. By using the resources in the HARLC we aim to give you the ability to learn anatomy, which you can apply to your clinical practice.

Information Technology

You will be provided with a tablet for use during your course. Within the School there is a wireless networking facility for you to access DVD and computer based learning resources. You will have access to online dental e-resources through the library and our e-learning platform (Blackboard). Chair-side computers in the phantom head room at UCLan and the DECs support clinical teaching, allowing procedures to be viewed and revisited.

Academic knowledge is assessed by formal exams at the end of Years 2, 3 and 4 BDS, and in the final exam at the end of Year 5 BDS. The development of clinical skill is assessed by a continuous record of grades for work, together with a reflective logbook. 

Opportunities

You will spend Year 2 BDS studying on Campus in the new purpose-built Dental School at UCLan, before relocating for three years’ clinical training at one of four newly-established DECs in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay.

During your 3-year placement at one of four local community Dental Education Centres (DECs), you’ll gain experience of secondary care maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and advanced restorative dentistry. The DECs are clinical training centres where you will treat patients, under supervision, and gain first-hand experience within the communities you are most likely to serve after graduation.

By placing you at the heart of community dental services within Cumbria and Lancashire, we aim not only to attract local candidates, but also foster long-standing relationships with those communities, leading ultimately to an increase in the numbers of newly qualified dentists who will remain in the area to continue their professional career.

In Year 3 BDS you will begin your placements at local hospitals where you will gain experience of secondary care maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and advanced restorative dentistry. During your training you will have seen more than 5,000 patients, undertaken nearly 9,500 fillings and provided treatment ranging from preventative advice to advanced procedures.

Dental Foundation Training
Your first job will be as a dental foundation trainee (DF1). Places as a dental foundation trainee are awarded after a national competitive selection process. 100 % of UCLan graduates have gained places since this process was implemented in 2011. As a dental foundation trainee you are responsible for the treatment, but there is a recognised trainer at the practice who you can turn to for help and advice, and who will monitor your development as you gain the confidence of an independent dentist.

The majority of dentists work in a high street practice or community dental clinics. If you want work in a hospital environment and specialise, you can undergo further specialist training in orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry and surgical dentistry.

Continual Professional Development
When you qualify it’s the end of the beginning. It’s like passing your driving test – you can get around safely but you need to gain more experience to become proficient and, eventually, an expert. Dentistry changes all the time and postgraduate education is the only way to keep up with these developments and ensure that you maintain and develop the skills of your chosen profession.

Testimonials

I chose UCLan over other dental schools because it offers new state-of-the-art facilities and because it teaches practical skills from day one.

David Banks


BDS dentistry student with phantom head

BDS dentistry student