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  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A200
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 36 / BTEC : Not accepted

Module details

Programme Year One

Year one

This is the Introductory Phase of the Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) programme. It has three elements:

  • Basic Medical Sciences for Dentistry: a problem-based learning (PBL) course.
  • Communication for Clinical Practice l.
  • Special Dental Component (Restorative 1): students begin to develop clinical skills in the Operative Skills Suite.

Programme Year Two

Year two

  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • (Restorative 2)
  • Oral Sciences and Medicine 1
  • Basic Life Support 1
  • Radiology Core of Knowledge
  • Paediatric Dentistry 1

Programme Year Three

Year three

  • Oral Sciences and Medicine 2
  • Radiology 2
  • Restorative 3
  • Paediatric Dentistry 2
  • Oral Surgery 1
  • Basic Life Support 2
  • Orthodontics 1

Programme Year Four

Year four

  • Oral Diseases
  • Clinical Governance Day
  • Restorative 4 OS2
  • Special Care Dentistry
  • Paediatric Dentistry 3
  • IV Sedation
  • Medical Emergencies
  • NHS training day
  • Oral Surgery 2

Programme Year Five

Year five

  • Dental Public Health and Primary Dental Care
  • Orthodontics 2
  • Law and Ethics
  • Clinical Governance Day
  • Basic Life Support 3
  • Clinicopath seminars

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Teaching and Learning

For BDS students, the early years are predominantly student centred learning with problem-based learning (PBL), supported by lectures. Clinical training in subsequent years continues this method of learning and is supplemented by small group teaching and lectures throughout the programmeYears Two, Three, Four and Five. Much of the clinical experience is gained with students treating patients in the different clinics in the Dental Hospital under close supervision of the staff.


The assessment strategy for the academic components of the BDS programmes adopts a varied approach including: EMI (Extended Matching Items); SBA (Single Best Answer); Short Answer; Critical Reasoning Long Answer; OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination); and 1st, 2nd and 3rd BDS in-programme component essays to assess critical writing skills. As the BDS programme progresses, the assessments are carefully designed and appraised so that they assess application and understanding of knowledge as applied to the clinical situation, so as to link with the essential clinical skills ethos.

All summative assessments are preceded by formative assessments, after which you will receive detailed feedback. With regards to clinical activity, BDS students must pass an assessment of basic clinical competence before being allowed to use these newly acquired skills on a patient. From this point clinical activity is continually monitored using a computerised data gathering tool (LIFTUPP). Case reports and outreach reports are also used to contextualise clinical monitoring. An important aspect of these assessments is their integrated nature, and their use in multiple clinics. This latter point is crucial to the fairness and robustness of the assessments.

Furthermore, the system ensures that all Liverpool graduates are in the advantageous position of being able to take their activity portfolio into the work place to aid their foundation training.