Dentistry BDS


  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Year 3 of BDS Programme.


BAMS Lectures (including Anatomy and Oral Biology)

Run on weeks: 6-18, 22-30, 32, 33, 36


BAMS Demonstrations and Practical (including Anatomy and Oral Biology)

Run on weeks: 6-18, 21-31, 33, 51-52


Clinical Dentistry Lectures

Run on weeks: 6-18, 21-33, 36, 44, 50


Clinical Dentistry Practical Sessions

Run on weeks: 6-8, 18, 21, 22-33, 36, 41-44, 50-52


Patient Management/Health Promotion Lectures

Run on weeks: 6, 7, 10, 11, 15-17, 21, 22, 26


Patient Management/Health Promotion Practical Sessions

Run on weeks: 7-9, 11, 13, 14, 16


Student-led opportunity to work on relevant project of personal choice. Scheduling may vary during BDS3.


Note1:- details of individual sessions are available in Student Handbook on Moodle/MyCampus

Note 2 - Academic weeks are used here so attendance begins in Week 6


DENT3004 (Written Examination) and DENT3003 (OSCE).


The BDS3 Examination has two components: Written Examination (DENT3004) and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (DENT3003).


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 BDS3.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The BDS3 Course builds on the knowledge and experience gained in previous years and provides opportunities to develop experience in various clinical dental subjects and settings.

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 Learning 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

1.1c be competent at obtaining a medical, social, behavioural and dental history from a child patient/parent and elicit information about diet, oral hygiene and other dental health related behaviours

1.2b be competent at obtaining a full and accurate medical history

1.3b be competent at identifying signs and recognising symptoms of common diseases in the clothed patient

1.5d be competent at periodontal examination and monitoring procedures, including screening (Basic Periodontal Examination (BPE), plaque and gingivitis indices)

1.5e be competent at diagnosing caries, chronic gingivitis and chronic periodontitis
f be able to identify the pertinent features of a child or adolescent patient relating to potential orthodontic problems



1.6e be competent at 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.

1.6f have knowledge of the chemical and physical properties as well as the clinical uses of a range of dental materials. 

1.6g be competent at formulating a treatment plan for patients requiring basic operative dental care. 

1.6h be competent at interpreting a diet analysis sheet/diary to assist treatment planning. 

1.6i have knowledge of when periodontal surgery might be advised.



1.8b have knowledge of the clinical indications and design principles for crowns, inlays and simple bridgework

1.8c have knowledge of the unique principles of support, retention, muscle and occlusal balance that apply to the effective design and construction of complete dentures

1.9a be familiar with the limitations of orthodontic treatment

1.11b have knowledge of the effects, and management, of disordered occlusion in relation to periodontal diseases

1.11c have knowledge of the effects, and management, of disordered

occlusion in relation to direct restorations

1.16a have knowledge of the oral side-effects of medicines

1.18c have knowledge of the issue of child abuse and understand the role of the general dental practitioner in recognising and reacting to suspected child abuse

1.19a have knowledge of the spectrum of oro-facial injuries in children and their management, including injuries occurring in child abuse, and the role of the dental practitioner in child protection

Practical Procedures

2.1e be competent at placing fissure sealants and fluoride varnish

2.1f have knowledge of the use of systemic and topical fluoride

2.4a have knowledge of the diagnosis and management of patients requiring endodontic treatment

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

2.10 have the knowledge to design, insert and adjust space maintainers and active removable appliances to move a single tooth or correct a crossbite

2.11a have knowledge of the indications for dental extractions

2.11b be familiar with the use of elevators and luxators

2.11c have knowledge of possible peri-and post-operative complications of dental extractions and minor oral surgery

2.12a have knowledge of surgical principles and techniques related to dento-alveolar surgery

2.13a be competent at taking intra-oral radiographic views on a dental X-ray training manikin

2.14c be competent in principles and practice of infiltration and block anaesthesia

2.15 e have knowledge of the clinical application of infection control measures in dentistry

2.15 f have knowledge of the role of detergents and disinfectants

2.17a be competent at basic life-support

2.17b have knowledge of the physiological, pathological and pharmacological processes relevant to managing medical emergencies

2.17c have knowledge of the recognition of acute medical emergencies

2.18b have knowledge of the principles of prescribing drugs, including use of reference manuals such as the British National Formulary and recognition of the importance of drug interactions

2. 18c have knowledge of the various chemo-therapeutic approaches to the management of periodontal diseases and the indications for the use of these

Patient Investigation

3.1b have knowledge of the various dental radiographic views and published selection criteria relating to their use, and be competent at requesting them in accordance with the Regulations (see: 3.2 be familiar with the principles of medical ionizing radiation; and the principles that underlie dental radiographic techniques; and the statutory regulations)

3.1c have knowledge of investigations of oral microbial ecology, including caries susceptibility and microbial identification.

3.2b be familiar with the principles of medical ionizing radiation

3.2c be familiar with the statutory regulations in relation to medical ionizing radiation

3.2d be familiar with the geometric principles that are utilised to produce the standard dental radiographs used in dental practice

3.2e be familiar with the physical processes involved in producing dental radiographs, including production of X-rays, interaction processes with patient and non-patient material, including image receptors and radiation protection

3.3a be competent at charting teeth from a panoramic radiograph

3.3b have knowledge of normal radiographic anatomy

Patient Management

4.1a be familiar with the provision of integrated care for children and adolescents including simple orthodontic treatment planning, and the principles of interceptive orthodontics

4.2e have an understanding of the current legislation in relation to Special Care Dentistry, especially consent, incapacity and disability discrimination

4.2f have knowledge of aspects of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 as it relates to dental practice

4.3d have knowledge of how psychological factors affect patients' adherence to treatment

4.3e have knowledge of the psychological aspects of pain

4.4a be familiar with the concepts of 'well elderly' and 'sick elderly' and the implications for oral health care

4.7b have a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the important role of dental care professionals within Special Care Dentistry. (see: 11.2 Act appropriately in the use of all media including digital and social platforms)

4.11b have knowledge of the physiological and psychological changes associated with ageing

4.11c have knowledge of the major systemic diseases of the elderly

4.12b be familiar with the general aspects of medicine and surgery

4.12c have knowledge of the main medical disorders which impinge on dental treatment

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

5.5d have knowledge of the concept of the risk assessment process, and in particular, have knowledge of the process in relation to dental caries, tooth wear, periodontal disease and oral cancer

5.5e have knowledge of how to assess patient risk for dental caries, tooth wear, periodontal disease and oral cancer

5.5f be competent at risk assessment for dental caries, tooth wear, periodontal disease and oral cancer

5.5g have knowledge of the appropriate evidence-based approaches to the delivery of prevention

5.5h have knowledge of the delivery of appropriate smoking cessation advice

5.5i have knowledge of the delivery of appropriate alcohol cessation advice

5.5j have knowledge of the delivery of appropriate advice on substance misuse

5.6 a be familiar with the role of the dental practitioner in establishing personal networks and care pathways with specialists and local primary health care professionals

5.6 b be familiar with the role of the dental practitioner in establishing relevant personal networks with local non-health care individuals and organisations

5.6 c see 5.1c have knowledge of the practice of health promotion including the settings, approach and multisectoral/ multidisciplinary approach

5.7b have knowledge of the theory and research relating to behavioural change adherence

5.7 c have knowledge of delivering appropriate behavioural change counselling

5.8 have knowledge of the principles of a public health approach to oral health and oral healthcare

5.9a have knowledge of the ways in which health inequalities are measured

5.9b have knowledge of current patterns of health inequalities

5.9c have knowledge of the determinants of health and health inequalities

5.10a be familiar with the concept of the Inverse Care Law

5.13b have knowledge of the application of epidemiology to patient management


6.1f be competent at communicating with patients, their representatives and the public in difficult circumstances

6.2e be competent at communicating effectively with other members of the dental team and other healthcare professionals

6.2f be competent in communicating with the dental team and other healthcare workers with respect to casenotes, laboratory and radiology prescriptions

Data and Information Handling Skills

7.2b be competent at recording social and clinical patient information in a legible and standard format, linked to collection of a clinical history.

Understanding of Basic and Clinical Sciences and Underlying Principles

8.1f have integrated knowledge of the anatomy of intra-oral and extra-oral structures of the head and neck and of its application to clinical practice

8.4b have knowledge of the aetiology of malocclusion

8.7 have knowledge of the hazards of ionizing radiation and regulations relating to them, including radiation protection and dose reduction

8.8b be familiar with the dental relevance of common medical disorders affecting the body

8.9a be familiar with the changes that occur with normal facial development and growth, and the common abnormalities that may affect this

8.10a achieve competency at LDU operator level

8.10b have knowledge of how to operate decontamination equipment, noting instrument readings and simple housekeeping duties

Appropriate Attitudes, Ethical Understanding and Legal Responsibilities

9.1c have knowledge of the law on consent in the UK (Scotland/ England/ Wales/ NI)

9.8b have knowledge of Human Factors, and how this relates to safety and quality in dental practice

9.8c have knowledge of the role of leadership and its application to GDP

Appropriate Decision Making, Clinical Reasoning and Judgement

10.1d be competent at applying the critical appraisal skills necessary in taking an evidence based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice in decision making (using primary research sources)

10.6 have knowledge of critically appraising approaches to dental research and integrating with patient care. (see: 10.1 be competent at explaining, evaluating and applying the principles of an evidence-based approach to learning, clinical and professional practice in decision making).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Successful completion of both the Written Examination (DENT3004) at Grade D3 or above and OSCE (DENT3003) at Grade D or above plus successful completion of other course requirements.


DENT3002 is the overarching course for the BDS3 year and includes all other course requirements. This includes assessment of competence: attainment of 'competence' in relation to the specified Competence Assessments, together with demonstration of satisfactory progress when measured by both volume and quality of clinical experience as determined by the Clinical Development Panel in accordance with guidance in the Course Information Document.