• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award: BDS
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Gateway to Dentistry is an additional year which prepares students for the standard BDS Dentistry course.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The Gateway to Dentistry course is suitable for two groups of applicants. All candidates will be expected to have undertaken the UCAT test prior to entry, and short listed candidates will undergo Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). For both groups, passing the Pre-Dental Year with a satisfactory grade average (B3 or above) and competitive UCAT and MMI performance is required for progression onto the BDS Dentistry course itself. 

Pre-Dental Year for Widening Access (Gateway to Dentistry) (A204)

Applicants with proven evidence of adverse circumstances leading to significant educational disadvantage can apply for entry to Gateway to Dentistry.

The entry requirements for this group of applicants is lower than for the BDS Dentistry (A200) course. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of significant adverse circumstances such as lower than average progression rates to higher education from their school, limited family income, neighbourhood or home circumstances not conducive to study, education affected by adverse events at critical times or other exceptional factors.

Pre-Dental Year for Non-Science Background (A204)

Each year, places are available for very able applicants who have a predominantly non-science background (i.e. those who have not studied either Higher or A-Level Chemistry). This is not a Foundation course, and applicants will be expected to have demonstrated comparable performance to those with a science background who come straight into the BDS Dentistry course. 

The course

For each student the course provides a modern, inspiring and tailored programme of study helping them to establish a strong platform for their progression towards the 5 year BDS degree. Modules of study are normally selected from the following categories:

  • Life Sciences
  • Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Specialist dental modules which introduce students to interesting aspects of paraclinical and/or laboratory dentistry
  • Student Selected Component (students research and write a report on a clinical topic of interest)

A bespoke support package, which runs throughout the year in parallel to the academic studies, guides and assists students as they develop a range of key professional attributes and generic skills to improve self-awareness and their academic performance. Included in the support package are meetings every week or two with the Course Lead, for each student, to monitor and provide feedback on individual progress and to chat about any key developments or difficulties.

The Gateway to Dentistry-Pre-Dental teaching and student support team is committed to providing a quality educational experience, equal opportunities for all our students and a strong sense of belonging to the class and to Dundee Dental School.



The Dundee Dental School was ranked top in UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

100% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after finishing the course (Unistats).

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Widening Access Applicants

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AABBB grades at Higher, to include chemistry and another science subject. The other three Highers can be your own choice and this choice of subjects will not influence the assessment. All to be obtained at first attempt and at one sitting. Achievement at National 5 / Intermediate 2 will also be taken into account.
GCE A-Level AAB at A-Level (A2), to include chemistry and another science subject. The third subject can be your own choice; we have no preference. Results to be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A-Level examinations, two years after GCSE. Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.

Applicants with a non-science background

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AAAAB grades at Higher, to include no more than one science subject and/or excluding chemistry. All to be obtained at first attempt and at one sitting (5th year). Achievement at National 5 / Intermediate 2 will also be taken into account. Offers will be conditional on the attainment of three Advanced Highers/‘crash’ Highers taken in 6th year.
GCE A-Level AAA grades at A level (A2), to include no more than one science subject and/or excluding chemistry. These results should be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A level examinations, two years after GCSE. General Studies is an acceptable subject. Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AAAAAA grades at Higher level, to include no more than one science Higher and to exclude chemistry.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Minimum of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level. Subjects at Higher level should include no more than one science and exclude chemistry. Plus 3 subjects at Standard Level with an average of grade 6.
Graduate Entry

A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a non-science subject is required to allow consideration. This should be the first degree obtained. Previous academic attainment will also be taken into account.

All offers to current PhD students will be conditional on the formal submission and written confirmation of the acceptance of their PhD dissertation.

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge Advanced English equivalent to the European Framework C1 level in each component and overall score are accepted.

Only the above Certificates are acceptable English language tests for this course

IELTS Overall7.0
Listening 7.0
Reading 7.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

A place on the 5 year Dundee BDS course (A200) is guaranteed for students that meet the progression requirements. These are: a grade average on the A204 Gateway to Dentistry-Pre-Dental course of at least B3 (60%); competitive performance in the UCAT and admissions interview (multiple mini interview or MMI). If necessary, students are permitted a second attempt at UCAT and/or MMI during the Gateway-Pre-Dental year.

Support with applications to transfer onto other degree programmes at Dundee University or elsewhere is provided for students who fail to progress onto the BDS degree or who decide not to.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £20,475 for the Gateway to Dentistry course

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code
Apply NowGateway to Dentistry – Pre-Dental Year BDSA204