Gateway to Dentistry at University of Bristol - UCAS

Course summary

During the Gateway year, students will learn alongside each other, benefiting from shared interprofessional insight and the unique community of Bristol's medical, dental and veterinary schools. Students will be taught by academic teachers who are scientists and clinicians. The Gateway course builds on core basic sciences underpinning clinical subjects (chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology). It encourages reflection and places emphasis on personal and professional development; strengthens practical, statistics, research and library skills; and considers attributes and behaviours that enable a successful transition to university study. Successful completion of the Gateway year allows automatic progression onto BDS Dentistry. Eligibility This course is open to applicants from specific schools and colleges in the UK only and/or to those who have spent three months or more in care. For further information, visit contextual offers: bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/contextual-offers/ International students may be eligible for the International Foundation Programme for Dentistry: bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2024/international-foundation-programme/international-foundation-programme-for-dentistry/ The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT, formerly UKCAT) is required for admission to this course. You may be eligible for a UCAT bursary to cover the cost of taking the test; please visit www.ucat.ac.uk for more information. The course admissions statement will provide full details and will be available online by summer 2024. Health and Disclosure and Barring Service check Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses; find out more about pre-course occupational health information: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/safety/occupational-health/. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practice, all dental students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with other health-related courses in the UK. Please note that as part of your training you will come into contact with human and animal cadaveric material.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
A208
Institution code:
B78
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We do not accept international applicants for our Gateway courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Science practicals: A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected. The University Clinical Aptitude Test is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UCAT; please see the UCAT website for details: ucat.ac.uk Work experience is recommended; please see the Admissions Statement.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2025/dentistry/bds-gateway-to-dentistry/#entry-requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Health questionnaire and medical examination. Non-immune students must be immunised against hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

Interview

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UCAT; please see the UCAT website for details: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ Work experience is recommended; please see the Admissions statement.


English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level: Profile B Further information about English language requirements and profile levels: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/language-requirements/ For 2020 entry English language requirements are being reviewed and will be confirmed by August 2019.


Student Outcomes

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70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £29300 Year 1
International £29300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees quoted are for 2024 entry only. Fees for 2025 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2024.
Gateway to Dentistry at University of Bristol - UCAS