Dentistry BDS


  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description



Biomedical & Clinical Science Lectures (Including Anatomy & Oral Biology)

Runs Weeks - 6-18 21-30 32

Biomedical & Clinical Sciences Demonstrations/Practical Sessions (Including Anatomy & Oral Biology)

Runs Weeks 6-18 21-33 41-43

Clinical Dentistry Lectures

Runs Weeks 6-18 21-30 33, 36 41-57

Clinical Dentistry Practicals

Runs Weeks 14-18 21-24 28-30 41

Patient Management / Health Promotion Lectures

Runs Weeks 7-10 14-20 27

Patient Management / Health Promotion Practical Sessions

Runs Weeks 8-9 13-15 22-23 25, 28


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


Other courses (which exist for assessment purposes) are DENT2003 (OSCE); DENT2004 (WRITTEN), DENT2015 (pre clinical skills) in addition to this course descriptor which covers full year of the course.


Components of summative assessments:

Professional examination
consisting of:
a) two written papers, the marks for which will be aggregated:

1. Ninety minutes: short, objective questions

2. Three hours: multiple short answers.

b) OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), consisting of ten stations
with a clinical focus.

c) Pre-Clinical Skills Assessment 140 minutes in total.


Competence Assessments.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To build on the first year curriculum by providing learning opportunities and experiences that expand and deepen understanding of the scientific foundations of clinical practice.

To provide learning opportunities and experiences, including the direct care of patients, that begin the development of clinical skills
and that will lead to the attainment of competence in the more basic of these skills in this year.

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/practical 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

1.3a be familiar with the importance of patient observation as part of the diagnostic process

1.5b have knowledge of the methods of detection of dental disease in the adult and child patient

1.5c have knowledge of periodontal examination and monitoring procedures, including screening (Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE), plaque and gingivitis indices

1.6b have knowledge to make an informed, theoretical judgement of the indications for operative and non-operative management of dental caries, pulpal disease and failed plastic restorations

1.6c be familiar with the chemical and physical properties as well as the clinical uses of a range of dental materials

1.6d have knowledge of developing a treatment plan for patients with gingivitis and early periodontitis and be able to present this information to colleagues and explain the diagnosis and treatment plan to the patient

1.8a have knowledge of designing removable partial dentures and appreciate the potential biological response of the oral tissues

1.14a have knowledge of the causes of infection, mechanisms and routes of spread of infection and principles of treatment

1.14b have knowledge of the clinical aspects of infection in general - prevention, diagnosis, surgical measures, chemotherapeutic measures

Practical Procedures

2.1c be competent at delivering appropriate dietary advice and giving information on food choice

2.1d be competent at providing appropriate dental health education and comprehensive oral hygiene instruction

2.2a be competent at manipulation of scaling instruments

2.3a have knowledge of a range of treatment options relevant to the operative management of dental caries and failed restorations

2.3b be competent at tooth preparation and restoration in a simulated environment

2.6a be familiar with the design and choice of materials used in the production of partial dentures, along with knowledge of laboratory procedures

2.9a competently place calcium hydroxide in a permanent incisor tooth with an open apex in a simulated clinical setting

2.9b competently place a flexible splint on a traumatised tooth in a simulated clinical setting

2.14a have knowledge of managing potential complications relating to the use of infiltration and block local anaesthesia

2.14b have knowledge of alternative local anaesthesia techniques

2.15c have knowledge of the scientific basis of transmission of infection and of infection control methods

2.15d have knowledge of blood borne viruses and the management of sharps injuries

2.17a be competent at basic life support

2.18a have knowledge of the principles of pharmacology and pharmacodynamics

Patient Management

4.2c have knowledge of the law on duty of care in the UK as it relates to dental practice

4.2d have knowledge of the law on negligence in the UK

4.3b be familiar with the use of standardized psychological assessments and have knowledge of their relevance to dental practice

4.3c have knowledge of the psychological and emotional effects of oral facial disfigurement

4.10a have knowledge of behavioural aspects of child development

4.10b be familiar with the aetiology, assessment and treatment of dental anxiety and phobia

4.10c be familiar with the behavioural management of children

4.11a have knowledge of the special difficulties of providing removable prostheses for the elderly

4.12a have knowledge of the basic principles of pharmacology


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

5.1c have knowledge of the practice of health promotion including the

settings and multisectoral/multidisciplinary approach

5.1d have knowledge of the delivery of health promotion at the individual, community and population levels

5.1e have knowledge of planning and evaluation of health promotion

5.3a have knowledge of the principles of oral epidemiology

5.3b have knowledge of incidence and prevalence of oral disease e.g. caries, periodontal and oral cancer

5.5b have knowledge of the risk factors (aetiology) for dental caries, tooth wear, periodontal disease and oral cancer

5.5c have knowledge of the delivery of appropriate dietary advice (see 2.1b for basic dietary advice)

5.13a have knowledge of the principles of epidemiology


6.1c be competent at communicating with patients, their representatives and the public

6.1d be familiar with the verbal and non-verbal influences upon interaction between dentist and patient

6.1e have knowledge of barriers to effective communication with patients, their representatives and the public

6.2b be familiar with communication with other members of the dental team and other healthcare professionals

6.2c be able to communicate appropriately and effectively in professional discussions

6.2d see 9.4b be familiar with the law as it applies to records


Understanding of Basic and Clinical Sciences and Underlying Principles

8.3e have knowledge of metabolic disturbances

8.4a have knowledge of the aetio-pathogenesis of dental caries and periodontal disease

8.5b have knowledge of the form and function of teeth and associated structures, and the oral environment, in health and disease

8.8a be familiar with the underlying disease processes of the common medical disorders affecting the body

Appropriate Attitudes, Ethical Understanding and Legal Responsibilities

9.1b have knowledge of the law on confidentiality in the UK

9.2a be competent at conducting checks and assessing if dental equipment is safe to use

9.4b be familiar with the law as it applies to records

9.4c be familiar with aspects of the Data Protection Act 1998 as it relates to dental practice

 9.9c have knowledge of how to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients when things go wrong

9.10a be familiar with procedures for handling patient complaints as set out by the General Dental Council

Appropriate Decision Making, Clinical Reasoning and Judgement

10.1b have knowledge of the statistical skills necessary in taking an evidence based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice in decision making

10.1c have knowledge of the information literacy skills necessary in taking an evidence based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice in decision making

10.4a have knowledge of the principles of the objective assessment of differences between individuals in terms of such variables as their personality, intelligence, gender and age and of methods of assessing subjective health status

10.4b understand why knowledge of a patient's social class is useful to a dentist

10.4c be familiar with the implications of social and ethnic background for oral healthcare delivery

10.4d be familiar with the differences to be found in the oral health of minority ethnic communities in the UK


Professional Development

11.1c have knowledge of interpersonal skills and behaviour appropriate for working with all members of a multi-skilled team

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of Grade D in each component of the BDS 2 Examinations, i.e. Written Examination, OSCE and Pre-Clinical Skills. In addition, you must satisfy other course requirements.