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BDS dentistry foundation year students
BDS Dentistry (pre-dental entry)
Train to be a dentist even if you don't have science qualifications through this course with a foundation year.

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This course is now full for our 2019 entry, but have a look at our clearing vacancies to see if a similar course has space.

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BDS Dentistry (pre-dental entry) / Careers

Year of entry: 2019

Career opportunities

Almost invariably, dental graduates apply for one year Dental Foundation 1 training posts when they graduate. These are salaried posts in NHS general dental practices, comprising four/five days per week of clinical work and 30 days of professional study over the year.

Each DFY1 is mentored by a Dental Trainer in the same practice. All training practices are inspected to ensure they are of a required standard.

Many graduates decide to specialise in a particular branch of dentistry such as orthodontics or endodontics. Specialist training courses are available in all dental specialties and are highly competitive.

Some general experience in dentistry is required prior to entry to a specialist training programme, as is either the MJDF or MFDS examinations run by the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh or Ireland and Glasgow.

We offer careers advice throughout the BDS course, with much of this help concentrated in Year 5 as graduation approaches. Specific help and guidance is given in your final year to help you prepare for the Foundation Dentistry selection process, which is done on a national basis.

Read our graduate profiles to find out what previous BDS students have gone on to do.

Accrediting organisations

This Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree is accredited as a qualification registerable with the General Dental Council .