Dentistry BDS


  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 5 (BDS, BVMS, MBChB)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Year 5 of BDS Programme.



Every other week, alternating with outreach. Students have eight sessions in each of the following core units (16 weeks in total):

Crown and Bridge, Minor Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry (at Bridgeton Community Dental Clinic), Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Consultant Clinics (1), Consultant Clinics (2)


Every other week, alternating with in-house teaching. Students commute to one community clinic over a period of 16 weeks and also attend a residential location.




Final Examination: Part 3 (OSCE - DENT5005). (Part 1 & 2 of Final Examinations are taken in BDS4).


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 BDS5.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide opportunities for expanding and consolidating clinical skills and supporting knowledge in primary and secondary dental care environments.

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

1.10 be familiar with the principles of treatment of dento-facial anomalies including the common orthodontic/maxillofacial procedures involved

Practical Procedures

2.3e be competent at the provision of crowns, porcelain laminate veneers and inlays/onlays for adult patients

2.3f be competent to restore primary teeth in a child

2.4d be competent in the management of patients requiring non-surgical root canal treatment using rotary and hand instrumentation

2.4e have knowledge of the diagnoses of failed root canal treatments and when to consider non-surgical root canal retreatment

2.4f have knowledge of when surgical endodontics may be required

2.5d be competent at the clinical techniques required for provision of fixed bridgework

2.11f be competent at raising a mucoperiosteal flap and suturing the soft tissues

2.11g be familiar with soft tissue biopsy techniques

2.15i have knowledge of management of infection control and legal aspects of undertaking infection control procedures in primary care

2.15j have knowledge of national and local policies on infection control in dental practice

2.17a be competent at basic life-support

Patient Management

4.6d be familiar with the principles of management of complex restorative cases, recognise the limitations of their current level of ability and the need for referral

4.6e be competent to assess a patient's level of anxiety, experience and expectations in respect of dental care; and at assessing the patient's requirement for general anaesthesia or sedation, in accord with contemporary GDC regulations

4.8 have knowledge of the assessment of patients for conscious sedation and general anaesthesia (see also: 2.16 have knowledge of inhalational and intravenous conscious sedation techniques in clinical practice; and 4.6e)

4.9 be competent at informing patients or guardians of the indications, contraindications, limitations, risks and benefits of conscious sedation and general anaesthesia (see also: 2.16 have knowledge of inhalational and intravenous conscious sedation techniques in clinical practice; and 4.6e)

4.10e have knowledge of the integration of psychological and sedation management (see also: 2.16 have knowledge of inhalational and intravenous conscious sedation techniques in clinical practice)

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

5.5k be competent at delivering smoking cessation advice

5.5l be competent at delivering advice about alcohol intake.

Data and Information Handling Skills

7.1 be competent at the use of information technology as a means of communication, for data collection and analysis and for self-directed learning

Understanding of Basic and Clinical Sciences and Underlying Principles

8.10g achieve competency at LDU manager level

8.10h have knowledge of how to manage the operation of an LDU

8.10i have knowledge of the operational requirements of an LDU and an awareness of facility design

Appropriate Attitudes, Ethical Understanding and Legal Responsibilities

9.7a be familiar with the concept of raising concerns and be aware of when it is appropriate to do so

9.8f be competent in leading a multidisciplinary dental team

9.9 e be competent at communicating with patients in an open, honest and sensitive way when things go wrong

9.10d be competent at demonstrating the procedures necessary for handling patient complaints effectively

9.11 be familiar with the financial aspects of managing a dental practice

Appropriate Decision Making, Clinical Reasoning and Judgement

10.3d be competent at arranging a referral for a second opinion, when necessary

Personal Development

12.1 demonstrate approaches to teaching and learning that are based on curiosity and exploration of knowledge rather than its passive acquisition

12.2a be competent in giving and receiving constructive feedback with peers and professional colleagues

12.2b have knowledge of conducting and undergoing appraisal as part of professional development

12.3 be able to manage learning in the context of establishing a philosophy of continuing professional education and development such that professional competence is maintained over a practicing lifetime. (see also: 11.1e have knowledge of the need for continuing professional development allied to the process of continuing education, in order to ensure that high levels of clinical competence and knowledge are maintained)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Successful completion of DENT5005 (OSCE) at Grade D or above plus successful completion of other course requirements.


DENT5004 is the overarching course for the BDS5 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.