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University of Manchester

Dentistry (BDS pre-dental year entry)

UCAS Code: A204

Bachelor of Dental Surgery - BDS

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Our standard A-level offer is AAA including: three arts/humanities subjects; OR two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject. Combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths together, are not acceptable. Two AS-levels in place of one A2-level will not be accepted. Where any science offered includes a practical element, the practical element must also be passed. If you are applying with known A-level grades that meet the above requirements, you may be considered even if your GCSE grades do not reach the required standard. However, you must have a minimum of Grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum Grade C at GCSE or AS. You may wish to evidence this on your application in a number of ways, for example: studying four A-level subjects; studying for an additional AS level or BTEC qualification in addition to your three main subjects; taking General Studies, Key Skills or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to your three main subjects. We are aware that you may not be able to take the above qualifications at school or college and therefore we allow applicants to provide evidence of participating in other activities aimed at increasing social responsibility, for example, National Citizen Service (NCS) or the Duke of Edinburgh award in lieu of a formal qualification. A list of other suggested activities is provided on our FAQ page. If in doubt, please contact us. Please note that if your school is unable to offer any of the above, they should state this in the UCAS reference and you will not be disadvantaged as a result.

We have no specific requirements at AS-level. However, we would normally expect students to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education. Most applicants will therefore be studying beyond the 'bare minimum' in order to make the most competitive application possible.

We do not accept Access courses for application to A204. Please see the details for A206 BDS 5-year programme.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable for entry to Dentistry and Principal Subjects are accepted in place of A-levels. D3 equates to Grade A at A-level. The same subject specifications as A-level apply.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require at least five GCSEs at Grade A or A*, which need not be in the sciences. English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum Grade B. At least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum Grade C if not taken to AS/A2-level. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB. If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the circumstances that prompted this. We do not currently accept short courses; however, Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE. Due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England, we will accept a mixture of GCSE grading scales.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points are required overall to include core points with at least 666 at Higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at Grade B or above. Higher level subjects should include either: three arts/humanities subjects; OR two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

We require at least two Advanced Highers at Grades AA by the end of Secondary 6. Any of the following combinations are acceptable: three Advanced Highers; two Advanced Highers, plus one A2-level subject at Grade A; two Advanced Highers, plus one new Higher at Grade A. Only one science subject would be permitted. You will also need Scottish Highers in addition to Scottish Advanced Highers, so please also check the entry requirements for those qualifications.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A

We require 4 Highers at Grades AAAA by the end of Secondary 5. Grades should be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. English language and Maths, if not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate II or Standard Grade Credit level Grade 2 or above). Applicants also need Scottish Advanced Highers in addition to Scottish Highers, so please also check the entry requirements for those qualifications.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A-Level entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff

112-144

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21%
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About this course


Course option

6years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Pre-clinical dentistry

Our pre-dental entry course in Dentistry (foundation year) is aimed at students who have proven academic ability but not the necessary science qualifications to apply directly to the five-year BDS .

Automatic entry to the standard five-year BDS course is granted upon satisfactory completion of the foundation year.

The five-year course will prepare you for a dentistry career through a combination of clinical study and basic and advanced dental sciences.

Once you have mastered basic competencies in the University's skills facilities , you will move on to treating patients in both the University Dental Hospital of Manchester and local outreach clinics early in the course.

You will learn to work within a dental team to take a patient-centred approach to clinical care, practicing in a professional, safe and ethical manner.

Our students are also trained to become reflective practitioners who are committed to lifelong learning.

**Aims**

The course is specifically constructed to prepare you for the first year of the standard five-year BDS course . All topics have a medical or dental orientation, many using clinical material, although you will not have direct contact with patients.

Part of the foundation year is taught at Xaverian College , with access to all its facilities and support systems.

**Special Features**

**Early clinical experience**

You will be introduced to the clinical environment in the first semester of Year 1, enabling you to integrate theory and practice early on in the course.

**Interdisciplinary learning**

Learn alongside students and professionals from a range of backgrounds, including those training in complementary professions such as dental nursing and therapy.

**Intercalation opportunities**

You can study another subject to achieve a BSc award over one year between Years 2 and 3 of the BDS course.

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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.

81%
med
Pre-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

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
98%
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

85%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
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
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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
79%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

97%
Health professionals
2%
Welfare professionals
2%
Public services and other 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.

Pre-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

£47k

£47k

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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