BSc Oral Health Science

Year of entry: 2022

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

AAB (including specific subjects)

Typical contextual A-level offer
BBB (including Biology)
Find out more about contextual admissions.
Refugee/care-experienced offer
Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.
Find out more about contextual admissions.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 34 points overall, including 6,5,5 in the higher level subjects (including Biology 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 C (4) or above. We accept both Maths options as part of the Diploma.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
14/354
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to register with the General Dental Council as a dental therapist or hygienist.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK for Dentistry, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021.
  • 95% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing this course.

Open days

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Fees

Fees for entry in 2022 have not yet been set. For entry in 2021 the tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2022 entry.

Additional expenses

When on the clinics you will need to wear a tunic - which cost approximately £25 each - as well as black trousers or skirt and black leather duty shoes that are close fitting around the toes and heels.

There will be travel costs when attending community clinics in the Greater Manchester area. There is no discounted parking on campus for students if you have a car.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

As per the recent government announcement, all nursing students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back. The funding will be given to all new and continuing degree-level nursing, midwifery and many allied health students from September 2020. Please click here for more detail.

Find out about the financial support available to students starting at Manchester.

NHS bursaries are not available for this course.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0211
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/dentistry/
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

Our standard A-level offer is AAB to include Biology.

NVQ Level 3 Oral Health Care (Dental Nursing) is acceptable in lieu of one A-level; however, Biology and one other A-Level is still required at least at grade B.

You must also meet the GCSE requirements.

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

AS-level

The School of Medical Sciences requires evidence of a broad programme of study. Applicants will need to present with three A Levels plus 'some other study/activity'. This study/activity could be a fourth AS Level, A Level General Studies, Extended Project Qualification, National Citizenship Award or you may have completed a specific widening access programme.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

We require at least five GCSEs at grade C (4).

English Language, Mathematics and either two sciences, Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are required at a minimum grade C.

We permit GCSE resits. If you are resitting any GCSEs at the point of application, we require you to list it as a pending qualification on your UCAS form.

We do not currently accept short courses; however, Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.

If you are offering an international equivalent to GCSE and this is not listed on our international entry requirements page, please contact the School of Medical Sciences Admissions Office to check the suitability of the qualification.

Due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England, we will accept a mixture of GCSE grading scales. We can confirm our position in terms of equivalencies:

  • A* = 8
  • A = 7
  • B = 6
  • C = 4

International Baccalaureate

We require 34 points overall, including 6,5,5 in the higher level subjects (including Biology 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 C (4) or above. We accept both Maths options as part of the Diploma.

Other international entry requirements

If your country/qualification is not listed, this means we are unable to consider your application.

Scottish requirements

Scottish Highers

We require grades ABBBB, to include two sciences, English Language and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers

We require two Advanced Highers at grades BB, one of which must be Biology.

Welsh Baccalaureate

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.

Students will be required to have achieved grade B alongside Biology and one other A-level subject at grades AB.

European Baccalaureate

We require an overall final result of 76% including 8 in Biology. We also require a minimum of grade 5 in Maths and English Language.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We do not consider the National Extended Diploma for entry to this course.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We do not consider the National Diploma for entry to this course.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We do not consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry to this course.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We do not consider the National Extended Certificate for entry to this course.

We do not consider legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry to this course.

We do not consider legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from those taking Access qualifications if you have not previously studied at University.

We do not accept Access courses to top-up A-level grades that do not meet the normal entry requirements at the first attempt. We also expect applicants to have had at least 3 years out of education prior to starting the Access course.

If you have spent 3 or more years out of education but have previously studied A-levels or other post-16 qualifications you must contact us before applying in order to determine the suitability of an application.

The Access course must be science-based and all modules at Level 3. We require 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3. All of these must be achieved at Merit, including a minimum of 15 credits in Biology at Level 3.

Applicants are also required to meet the English language requirements listed above and must offer GCSE Mathematics at Grade C (4).

Due to the lack of a practical element, we do not accept qualifications from distance learning Access courses.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

The same subject specifications as A-level apply.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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 application.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

If you have already achieved a degree, or are in your final year moving towards graduation, please contact the School of Medical Sciences Admissions Office to determine the suitability of an application.

Maths at minimum Grade C (4) in GCSE and English Language requirements also apply.

Graduates and final year undergraduates must offer an academic reference on their UCAS form.

English language

In most cases, we expect applicants to satisfy our English Language requirement by offering English language at GCSE grade C (4) or above (or a score of 5 in the International Baccalaureate diploma).

Applicants from outside the UK (including non-native speakers) need to meet specific English language requirements to study at Manchester. We accept:

  • IGCSE English first language at grade C or second language at grade B;
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): A minimum average score of 6.5 and with no less than 6.5 in any one component taken at the same sitting;
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: An overall score of 58 with no less than 58 in each of the communicative skills domains taken at the same sitting. If you require a student visa, however, the UKVI require a minimum overall Pearson PTE score of 59 with no less than 59 in each component for visa purposes;
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): An overall score of 176 with no less than 176 in each of the scoring domains taken at the same sitting;
  • a score of 5 at Standard or Higher level as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma.

You must declare your English qualification (including those which are pending) on the UCAS form.

Please contact us prior to application if you are unsure how to satisfy these language requirements.

At interview, if we have any concerns about your English language capability regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

We require applicants to undertake some relevant work experience prior to application in order that they can gain some insight into what the role of a dentist involves.

Work experience may be paid or voluntary and should include some time spent in a dental setting but can also include examples from other healthcare and related environments. We do not have a requirement on the length of the work experience. We require applicants to demonstrate a commitment to their work experience placements.

As important as the detail of the work experience is the applicant's capacity to reflect on what they have gained from their experiences and the quality of that reflection will be reviewed as part of the selection process. A key element we are looking for is for applicants to be able to demonstrate some understanding of the qualities and attributes required to become a healthcare professional.

Applicants should be aware that we may request confirmation of their work experience.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

For further guidance on submitting your application, see the Completing your UCAS form page.

Application deadline

All applications for 2021 entry or those applying for deferred entry must be submitted through UCAS by 15 January 2021.

It is not possible to consider late applications. Receipt of applications to B840 (BSc Oral Health Science) will be acknowledged by our Central Admissions Office.

If you have any questions that aren't answered in these pages, please contact us by emailing ug.dentistry@manchester.ac.uk .

How your application is considered

Applications are first screened according to whether or not they meet our standard academic threshold as given on this page.

Those applications that do not meet the appropriate academic criteria will not progress to the next phase of the screening process, and will receive notification that their application has been unsuccessful through UCAS in due course.

For applicants who pass the initial assessment we will consider your application as part of a holistic assessment using all the information available to us to arrive at a decision.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

When we read a UCAS form, we want to develop some insight into what has attracted you to a career in oral health sciences, and what has confirmed this choice.

Interview requirements

No offer is made without a successful interview. Interviews will be conducted online.

Returning to education

We are pleased to consider applications from non-traditional applicants, but would ask that you contact the Admissions Office for advice on suitability for a potential application.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply providing they meet the academic entry standard. If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet this standard, please contact the School of Medical Sciences Admissions Office.

Aptitude test requirement

No aptitude test is required for this course.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. The health screening is based upon the  Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) standards of medical fitness to train for dental students [PDF, 71KB].

A potential student may be concerned that their health or disability may affect their ability to fulfil the competency standards of the course. Any such applicants are encouraged to contact the Occupational Health Service and/or The Disability Advisory and Support Service at an early stage in order to explore the situation in depth and consider the feasibility of making reasonable adjustments. Hopefully the process will prove helpful to the student in deciding whether to pursue an application.

In Manchester, you will be introduced to the clinic in the first term.

Therefore, you will have to produce satisfactory evidence on non-infectivity with respect to the blood-borne viruses HIV, Hepatitis B and C and Tuberculosis. In addition, you must pass a health screening in Student Occupational Health prior to entry to ensure you are fit to practice.

The health screening requires the completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also an appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department. In order to be admitted and continue on the programme, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department.

General enquiries about health screening should be addressed to Student Occupational Health, Tel +44 (0)161 275 2858, Fax +44 (0)161 275 3137.

Please see also the  Procedure for Admission to Courses Requiring Medical Fitness Assessment  [Word 59KB].

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will be required, as part of the non-academic conditions of your offer, to provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In the UK, this takes the form of an Enhanced Level search by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.

Regulations and record systems in other countries vary. Overseas applicants are encouraged to contact our Admissions Team.

Anyone who considers it possible that a criminal record or other disclosure may reveal any offence must contact the Admissions Team before applying.

Deferrals

We welcome applications from students who wish to defer their entry to the following year, but we prefer this to be indicated at the point of application.

It may not be possible to defer entry once an offer has been made and we are unlikely to be able to consider any requests after the release of A-level results.

We do not have any specific requirements for how you use your gap year, but we would expect it to have been used constructively.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We welcome applications from those re-sitting their A-levels, though applicants may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13.

Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, applicants are expected to have obtained a minimum of BBC at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.

All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades AAB in the A-level subjects specified above, and an A is expected to be achieved in the re-sit year in Biology.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful we may permit one further application. You must contact us in advance to determine the suitability of a re-application. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

We would require re-applicants to continue with their work experience in their year out and would also expect to see a material difference in their application from the previous year. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Applicants applying with achieved qualifications must explain in their personal statement what they are doing during the gap year.

Transfers

Transfers from other courses are not possible.

You cannot transfer to the Dentistry BDS course from the BSc Oral Health Science course.

Course details

Course description

Our BSc Oral Health Science course will give you the skills you need to register with the General Dental Council as a dental therapist or dental hygienist.

The course takes a holistic approach to primary dental care. You will be trained to undertake a number of clinical procedures, such as periodontal treatment, simple fillings, dental radiographs and the extraction of primary teeth.

You will also develop excellent communication skills to motivate and encourage patients to develop good oral health habits.

We guarantee interviews on the BDS course for those students who have performed exceptionally well in the final year of the Oral Health Science course at The University of Manchester. Details of this scheme are published internally for eligible students. 

Teaching and learning

You will complete your practical work in settings such as hospital departments and community dental outreach clinics.

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods on the course, including lectures, small-group seminars, enquiry-based learning and practical classes, including anatomy on cadavers alongside our Dentistry students.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed through written essays, practical assessments, short-answer tests, multiple choice tests, specimen identification and project presentations. You must also complete an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Course content for year 1

You will gain the knowledge and skills to begin to manage patients in a clinical setting. You will cover:

  • basic sciences
  • human diseases
  • general dentistry
  • behavioural sciences
  • basic clinical skills, including patient contact.

Course content for year 2

You will build on the clinical skills you developed in Year 1 by studying dental radiography and restorative dentistry.

Course content for year 3

You will focus on integrating the clinical skills you have developed so far with more complex treatment plans. You will also undertake a critically appraised topic.

We guarantee interviews on the BDS course for those students who have performed exceptionally well in the final year of the Oral Health Science course at The University of Manchester. Details of this scheme are published internally for eligible students. 

Scholarships and bursaries

A small number of scholarships may be available to overseas applicants. Details will be made available once confirmed.

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

You will have access to regularly renewed clinical facilities , as well as our dedicated learning resource centre with a multimedia cluster.

University facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive teaching and learning facilities and library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office  

Careers

Career opportunities

There are several career options available to graduates of our BSc in Oral Health Science. 100% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of completing this course.

Graduates can register with the General Dental Council as a dental hygienist or dental therapist and work in the NHS, private practice, large corporations or the armed forces.

Other graduates may wish to pursue an academic career and undertake a research degree after completing the course.

We offer careers advice throughout the three years of the course, with the bulk of this concentrated in Year 3 in the run-up to graduation.

You will develop both technical and interpersonal skills through the course and schemes such as the Manchester Leadership Programme , participation in which is compulsory for Year 2 students to help you develop additional skills and experience outside of the course.

Accrediting organisations

Upon graduation, you will hold a qualification that is recognised by the General Dental Council to allow you to work as a dental therapist or dental hygienist.