Dentistry (Graduate Entry) BDS

In Preston

£ 9,250 + VAT
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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.     




Preston (Lancashire)
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University Of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE


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Entry Requirements 2017/18 2:1 Degree in a Biomedical discipline 3 A-Levels at grade C or above (at least 2 must be from a biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics - General Studies is NOT counted towards A Level entry) GCSE English and Maths Grade B or Equivalent For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all...

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Dental
  • Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Surgery

Course programme

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 2017 ENTRY)

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.

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

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)

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.

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

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