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Cardiff University

Dentistry

UCAS Code: A200

Bachelor of Dental Surgery - BDS

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

To include grade A in Biology and Chemistry. Offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

In addition to grade A or grade 8/7 in GCSE/IGCSE English Language or Welsh (First) Language, GCSE/IGCSE grades must include grade A or grade 8/7 in the single sciences or a minimum of grade AA or grade 8/7 in the Double Award.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

with a minimum of 19 at Higher Level. Subject combinations are listed below: 6 in HL Biology and 6 in HL Chemistry 6 in HL Chemistry, 6 in HL Physics, Mathematics or Statistics and 7 in SL Biology 6 in HL Biology, 6 in HL Physics, Mathematics or Statistics and 7 in SL Chemistry. All offers exclude Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

AA grades in Chemistry and Biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

UCAS Tariff

112-144

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

33%
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About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Clinical dentistry

At the end of this five-year programme you will have the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to register with the General Dental Council (GDC). This will allow you to complete your Dental Foundation Training (DFT) year, and ultimately join the professional world of dentistry.

The School of Dentistry is located in the University Dental Hospital on Cardiff University’s Heath Park campus, a 53-acre site shared with the University Hospital of Wales. This is where the majority of clinical teaching takes place on our three undergraduate programmes. With around 100 undergraduate students per year, we are still a relatively small dental school. We believe that this helps facilitate a friendly and supportive sense of community ensuring that our students succeed. In the NSS 2015, 97% of our students agreed that staff were good at explaining things.

Studying at the only Dental Hospital in Wales you will have the opportunity to serve and manage patients of diverse ages and backgrounds with a wide range of dental diseases including some of the more unusual oral cancers.

Clinical skills are developed in the School’s recently refurbished £2.2M clinical skills laboratory, a facility that closely simulates the real clinical experience, allowing you to prepare and practice for patient care. You will have the opportunity to train alongside Dental Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dentists learning the same skills. This will support your understanding of how your role fits into the dental team environment in preparation for when you qualify and commence practice.

The dedicated Dental Library houses an extensive collection of books and journals to aid your learning. You will also have access to an undergraduate IT suite and to a new £1.5M redevelopment of lecture theatres and student social spaces on the Heath Park campus.

You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic clinical staff and consultants within the dental hospital and in the latter years of the course clinical staff working in the primary care environment. The quality of the teaching you will receive has recently been ranked the best in the UK for dentistry (Guardian’s University Guide 2016). The School's courses were given a maximum 100 out of 100 score.

Our students have one of the best employability records amongst the UK dental schools, in 2015, 99% of our undergraduate students secured a UK Dental Foundation Training (DFT) placement.

Distinctive features
•Cardiff University’s School of Dentistry was ranked 1st in the Guardian University Guide 2016 and the Times Good University Guide 2016, making it the best place to study dentistry in the UK.
•The BDS course is delivered in the only Dental hospital in Wales.
•Students benefit from early clinical exposure in year one.
•The course offers extensive clinical training in the University Dental Hospital clinics in addition to outreach clinical teaching facilities in purpose built education units, community dental service clinics and district general hospitals.

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Dentistry

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
med
Clinical dentistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Dentistry

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
99%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Dentistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£31,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

88%
Health professionals
13%
Health associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

If you want a stable, well-paid career, then dentistry is an excellent choice. Starting salaries rival those for medicine, almost all graduates get jobs in dentistry on leaving their course and there are roles all around the country. It is a pretty select course, with only a little over a thousand graduates a year, but for that group, the rewards can be excellent.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Clinical dentistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£36k

£36k

£43k

£43k

£48k

£48k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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