Dentistry BDS


  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description



Portfolio Work

Runs Weeks 7, 9 


Biomedical and Clinical Science Lectures (including Anatomy and Oral Biology)

Runs Weeks 7-16 22-31


Biomedical and Clinical Sciences Demonstrations/Practicals (including Anatomy and Oral Biology)

Runs Weeks 7-16 22-32


Clinical Dentistry Lectures

Runs Weeks 7-11, 16, 23, 27, 28, 30-32


Clinical Dentistry Practicals

Runs Weeks 11, 15, 30-32


Patient Management/Health Promotion Lectures

Runs Weeks 10-12, 15-16, 22, 25-26, 31


Patient Management/Health Promotion Practicals

Runs Weeks 22, 24-29, 31-32


Note 1:- details of individual sessions are available in Student Handbook on Moodle/MyCampus

Note 2: - Academic weeks (from beginning of August) are used here so attendance begins in Week 6

Excluded Courses

Set curriculum


Written Exam (DENT1005), SCA (DENT1004) and Assignment Component (DENT1003).


Summative assessment in BDS1 consists of 3 exams under the course descriptor reference numbers listed below

1. Written papers (DENT1005)

2. Assignment (DENT1003)
Structural Clinical Assessment (DENT1004)

To progress to BDS2 a student must be successful in all three of these summative assessments and successfully complete DENT1002. DENT1002 is the overarching course for the BDS1 year and contains all other course requirements that require to be met to successfully complete the year and progress to BDS2. This includes competence assessments.




Please note the system does not permit sections 24 and 25 below to be left blank. These show the number of hours and diet for BDS1.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

(1) To provide students with an introduction to the fundamental scientific knowledge pertinent to the practise of dentistry

(2) To provide students with the fundamental social sciences knowledge that underlies interactions with a patient population

(3) To introduce students to clinical dentistry, the dental clinic and the dental team

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Learning outcomes are expressed at three levels, and are mapped to the General Dental Council's publication, Preparing for Practice - Dental Team Leaning Outcomes for Registration (2015 revised edition).

Be competent at: students should have a sound theoretical knowledge and understanding of the subject together with an adequate clinical experience to be able to resolve clinical problems encountered, independently, or without assistance.
Have knowledge of: students should have a sound theoretical knowledge of the subject, but need have only a limited clinical/pract
ical experience.
Be familiar with: students should have a basic understanding of the subject, but need not have direct clinical experience or be expected to carry out procedures independently.

Clinical Skills. 

1.1a Have knowledge of the importance of history-taking and examination to good diagnosis and treatment planning
1.1b Be familiar with compiling information from a patient history and examination , including special investigations, in order to formulate a diagnosis of common oral disease
and be able to distinguish information which does not fit into the normal pattern of common oral disease
1.2a Be familiar with the concept of the need for a medical history as part of the diagnostic process

1.4a Have knowledge of the normal surface anato
my of head and neck structures
1.5a Be familiar with common oral diseases in child and adult patients

1.6a Be familiar with formulating treatment plans consisting of preventive advice for patients with common oral diseases and have a very basic knowledge
 of how the disease may be treated

1.13a have knowledge of the biological mechanisms of pain and inflammation, control of pain and inflammation and their relevance to dental pain

1.15a have knowledge of the pathology of malignancy and the principles of cancer therapy relevant to oral malignancy

1.15b have knowledge of principles of pathology, immunology and microbiology relevant to oral mucosal disease

1.18a be familiar with the nature of drug misuse

1.18b have knowledge of the role of different professionals in the healthcare and social services teams and the need for interdisciplinary working

Practical Procedures
2.1a Be familiar with plaque scores, diet diaries and salivary measurements, recording them in a logical manner and presenting them to colleagues
2.1b Have knowledge of giving basic oral hygiene instruction and dietary advice

2.15a be familiar with infection hazards in dental surgery and know the key principles for standard infection control precautions in clinical areas

2.15b be competent at hand hygiene

2.17a Be competent at basic life-support
Patient Investigation
3.1a be familiar with the role of special investigations as part of the 'Diagnostic Process'(which includes a provisional/differential diagnosis/diagnoses, and from there a definitive diagnosis)

3.2a Be familiar with the stages involved in the production of dental radiographs
Patient Management
be familiar with patients' rights and expectations

4.2b have knowledge of the issues surrounding consent

4.3a have knowledge of the psychological factors that underlie human behaviour, and how these influence the patient's experience of dental practice and oral health care

4.7a Have knowledge of the concept of teamworking and of the practices which will lead to effective teamworking. See 9.8a
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
be familiar with the principles of health promotion at the individual, community and population level

5.1b have knowledge of the effect of individual factors/lifestyle/ inequalities and broader environmental factors in health promotion

5.4a Have knowledge of the fundamental principles of nutrition

5.5a have knowledge of the delivery of appropriate oral hygiene advice/ instruction (see 2.1b for basic OHI)

5.7a have knowledge of the importance of intentions, social norms and perceived control in affecting oral health behaviour


6.1a be familiar with communication with patients, their representatives and the public

6.1b be familiar with the key components that differentiate a profession from an occupation, using dentistry as an example

6.2a be familiar with the elements of group communication and team-working and its relevant to General Dental Practice.

Data and Information Handling Skills

7.2a have knowledge of the charting of teeth and restorations

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Satisfactory completion of DENT1005, DENT1003 and DENT 1004 and successful completion of other course requirements.


DENT1002 is the overarching course for the BDS1 year and contains all other course requirements that require to be met to successfully complete the year and progress to BDS2. This includes competence assessments.