Bristol University


Bristol Dental Hospital is where students will begin their dental practice before extending their practice to community teaching clinics in the city. The BDS course focuses on patient and population need to increase students’ core experience and confidence through clinical, primary care dentistry and treatment planning. This gives students the experience and skills to care for more demanding patients from diverse social backgrounds and an ageing population with complex medical problems.

Key points

  • Years 1 and 2 are lecture heavy
  • UCAT has 20% weighting in application·    
  • Very competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Phone number0117 928 9000
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional/Integrated
Lectures, seminars and Independent study takes up most of year 1 and 2.
Clinical observations in Years 1 and 2 with placements beginning in year 3 onwards.
Course length5 years
Students have the opportunity to intercalate between years 3-4 to obtain an honours BA or BSC
Courses offered2 courses offered
Undergraduate and Graduate entry - 5 years
Foundation entry - 6 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaBristol, Clifton Campus With just a 20 minute walk to the city centre, everything you need is within reach.
Social lifeBristol has a hub of creativity, culture and entertainment. The nightlife has everything from cosy pubs to stylish pubs with many being close to campus. There are over 400 societies and sports clubs
Interview styleMMI
A Dentistry work experience form must be completed prior to the interview.
There are several stations lasting 90 minutes altogether.
Interview datesDecember – February
Interview topicsN/A
Admissions Tests
UCATApplicants receive a score and rank on their UCAT score. The UCAT has a 20% weighting.
Academic Requirements
GSCEGrades required:
. 7 or A in GCSE Maths
. 4 or C in GCSE English Literature or Language
A-levelAAA is common
Subjects required: Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
Grades required: AAA
Retake policyNo
Scottish highersGrades required: AAAAB
Scottish advancedSubjects required: Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics
Grades required: AA
IBGrades required: 36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level including 6,6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours Degree and BBB at A-Level including Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics and Mathematics.
Applications in 19/20Total number of home applicants: 835
Interviews in 19/20Total number of applicants interviewed: 245
Offers in 19/20Total number of offers: 164
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 5.1
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 1.5

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