Dental Surgery BDS (Graduate Entry Pathway) Add to your prospectus

Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: A201
  • Year of entry: 2019

Entry Requirements


Please note that all applicants are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the year of application. 

To apply for a place on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS course, applicants should read the Dental Surgery BDS (Graduate Entry Pathway) (A201) admissions document (PDF) and complete the Verification of Prior Learning document.

A level offerA minimum of a 2:1 in a Biomedical Sciences or Healthcare related degree. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their first degree satisfies the Learning Outcomes of Year 1.

A minimum of 3 A levels at grade ABB or above including Chemistry and Biology. The 3rd subject may be from the Arts or Sciences. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Vocational/Applied A levels are not accepted.

A minimum of 7 GCSEs at grade B/grade 6 or above including Maths, English Language and a Science subject. Vocational/Applied GCSEs are not accepted. The GCSE requirements should be in place at the time of application. We are unable to consider pending grades at GCSE level.
Subject requirementsFor applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
AccessNot accepted
International entry informationYour country
Work Experience Requirements

Evidence required

Duty Of Care Requirements

The University has an obligation to undertake health screening of all prospective dental students. Any offer of a place is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University's Occupational Health Service. This includes some obligatory immunisations and blood tests, in line with recommendations from the Department of Health. All students also need to undergo an enhanced DBS check before admittance to the programme.

Mature students and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science