Bachelor in Dental and Oral Sciences (Hons) (BDOS)

The Bachelor in Dental and Oral Sciences (Hons) (BDOS) from BPP University School of Health will provide you with the theory, together with the practical and clinical training, you will need to succeed in a career as a dental therapist. The programme is also ideal if you are considering becoming a dental hygienist or, with further study, a dentist.

You will be trained to proficiently carry out the role of a dental therapist including routine treatments such as simple fillings, applying fluoride and taking x-rays. You will develop clinical expertise in a simulated setting before undertaking patient care.

This undergraduate degree programme will provide you with an excellent foundation in the knowledge and skills required for this in-demand role and will encourage you to work independently, preparing you for practice as a dental therapist with direct access to patients.

The Bachelor in Dental and Oral Sciences (Hons) degree is awarded by BPP University*

Programme details

BPP University Dental Institute, Birmingham

Start Date


Length of programme

Three years full-time

Modes of study

Classroom, practical and clinical


Assessments include essays, multiple choice question exams, short answer question exams, observed procedural skill assessments, competence assessments, clinical assessments, case report and oral exam, oral presentations, case-based written exams

How to apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS:

Three year programme code: AA90

* This programme was new for 2016 and has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a paper-based submission. The GDC will carry out an on-site inspection of the programme and examinations prior to the first cohort of students qualifying, wherein approval for the purposes of registration with the GDC will be assessed by an expert panel of inspectors. This is the process for all new dental care professional (DCP) programmes.

Key Information

  • Gain the clinical, professional, communication and leadership skills required to have a career as a dental therapist
  • Understand and utilise dental techniques in both simulated and real patient care situations
  • Learn to manage and nurture patient relationships
  • Work towards curriculum learning outcomes based on General Dental Council (GDC) guidelines
  • Develop and upgrade your dental nurse and dental hygienist skills to progress your career
  • Train at our new study centre in Birmingham - featuring brand new, modern dental facilities
  • Benefit from a unique degree programme with a focus on direct access to patients so you can treat patients directly without the need for a dentist’s prescription
  • Be taught by qualified dentists and dental therapists
  • Learn from innovative training featuring the latest evidence-based patient care principles

About the Bachelor in Dental and Oral Sciences (Hons)

The programme has been designed and developed to provide you with the knowledge, and equip you with the skills, to practise as a GDC registered dental therapist.

A BDOS (Hons) from BPP University will provide you with a sound foundation in all the key areas of dental therapy including minimally invasive dentistry, periodontics, ethics and preventive dentistry. The qualification also provides a route to a future career as a dentist.

Based in our new teaching facilities in Birmingham, we will provide innovative and contemporary educational techniques in an ideal learning environment for theoretical, practical and clinical training. You will gain the necessary skills needed to become a dental therapist with direct access to patients - in line with the learning outcomes and competencies of the GDC.

You will also develop a range of professional skills which will be transferable within other professional contexts preparing you for wider career opportunities. 

In addition, you will be supported by a specialist careers service, Student Support team and a personal tutor.

How is the programme taught?

The BDOS (Hons) is taught over three consecutive years with modules including Clinical Practice and Preparing for Dental Practice. 

Our interactive teaching includes problem-based learning and task-based teaching techniques and features the latest evidence-based patient care principles.

Material will be delivered by a mix of face-to-face lectures, small group work seminars, hands-on practicals on phantom heads, demonstrations, clinical observation and clinical training. Of these, the most important is clinical training – you will spend a significant amount of time undertaking supervised clinical activity (30% in year 1 rising to 40% in year 2 and 50% in year 3).

About BPP University Dental Institute

Studying for the BDOS (Hons) will take place in the new BPP University Dental Institute in Birmingham. This innovative, brand new dental facility provides an ideal environment and the latest equipment for training in the most contemporary dental techniques - in both simulated and real patient care situations. Facilities in the BPP University Dental Institute include:

  • Newly built teaching and seminar rooms
  • A fully functioning dental clinic optimised for learning, including new specialist dental chairs and tools
  • Advanced phantom head simulators
  • Enhanced video equipment
  • State-of-the-art digital radiography and 3D imaging technology
  • Digital dentistry equipment for taking impressions and designing prosthetics

Career paths

Studying for the BDOS (Hons) will qualify you to become a dental therapist or dental hygienist - both of whom are members of the dental team with specific roles. The dental therapist treats and prevents dental decay, while the dental hygienist treats and prevents diseases of the gums. Both careers are rewarding and the employment market is healthy. More information on the roles of these two dental team members is available from the National Careers Service.

The qualification is also a step towards becoming a dentist as it helps develop core skills and techniques which can be expanded upon with further study.

If you are a qualified dental nurse or dental hygienist looking for a skills escalator, this will broaden your knowledge and assist in your career development.

Key Information Sets about this programme

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students. Find out more


These are the modules for the BDOS (Hons): 

Year 1

  • Study Skills I (20 credits)
  • Structures of the Head and Neck (20 credits)
  • Understanding Disease (20 credits)
  • Preventing Common Oral Diseases I (10 credits)
  • Preparing for Patient Care (10 credits)
  • Clinical Practice I (40 credits)

Year 2

  • Study Skills II (20 credits)
  • Dealing with Patient Complexity (20 credits)
  • Treatment Planning (20 credits)
  • Oral Screening (10 credits)
  • Preventing Common Oral Diseases II (10 credits)
  • Clinical Practice II* (40 credits)

Year 3

  • Study Skills III (10 credits)
  • Research In Practice (40 credits)
  • Clinical Practice III (40 credits)
  • Preparing for Dental Practice (30 credits)


Entry requirements


A Level
BBB to include a minimum of 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology at grade B or higher 
AS levels will not be considered as equivalent 
Access to HE Diploma
45 credits at level 3 with 30 at distinction grade and the rest at merit.
All Biology related credits graded at distinction.
Must be a science based pathway such as Access to Health, Medical Studies or Access to Biological and Chemical Sciences.
Scottish Higher ABBB to include 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology at grade B or higher.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5,  to include 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology 
Dental Nurses
Applications from qualified Dental Nurses are encouraged, but applicants will only be considered with the additional qualifications:
2 A level science subjects one of which must be Biology at grade B or higher
Access to HE Diploma as above
BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science) with a minimum of DDM overall and Merits in all Biology based units
BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with a minimum of DDM overall and Merits in all Biology based units
BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care with a minimum of DDM overall and Merits in all Biology based units
(Equivalent qualifications will also be considered based on the entry information stated).
Excluded subjects General Studies
GCSE English Language and Mathematics minimum grade C or 4
If you have other qualifications or relevant work experience with qualifications, please contact us to discuss your options.


No offers are made without interview.  Candidates will be selected to progress to interview based on the qualifications, work experience, personal statement and reference provided in their application.  Following the deadline for equal consideration, set by UCAS, we will invite selected applicants for interview in February/March. 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 

All students will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to be fully registered on the programme for which a charge will apply.  All offers made will therefore include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check.  We also consider it important that an applicant’s values and attitudes are aligned to those reasonably expected of the Dental Profession.  Further information can be found by following the link.

Health Check 

All offers made for this programme will be conditional upon a satisfactory health check.  Further information on this will be sent once offers are made.  A charge will apply for health checks.

Additional costs

Students will need to purchase their own uniforms and dental instruments.

International students

If English is not your first language, you will need to have an IELTS level of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each element) or equivalent, in addition to the above entry requirements.

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an 'edge'. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. This ensures you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are offered 'Career-Ready Skills' workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It's never too early to start learning all the essential skills you'll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. You then continue to have access to this Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.



  • UK or EU students, three-year degree: £12,000 a year
  • International students, three-year degree: £24,000 a year

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - a one-off charge, currently: £52

If you are self-funding, your first instalment will be due two weeks before the programme commences. If you are funding your fees through the Student Loans Company, please email a copy of your SLC confirmation letter to your Service Representative.

Undergraduate loans

UK students applying for our Undergraduate courses can apply for Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying (subject to eligibility). Tuition Fee Loans are also available for EU students.

If you are applying for a programme begining before September 2017:

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £6,000 (full-time) or £4,500 (part-time) per academic year. For students from Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fee loan available is £3,805 per academic year.

If you are applying for a programme begining in September 2017 or onwards:

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time) per academic year. For students from Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fee loan available is £3,805 per academic year.

Students should note that from September 2017, BPP University's fee are above the maximum tuition loan available of £6,165 per year and students would therefore need to self-fund the difference.  To find out more visit our undergraduate loans page.

Please note - if at any point during your studies you change modes of study or the speed at which you complete your studies, we will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as this may have funding implications.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

Resit practical assessment fee £100

Resit clinical assessment fee £250

Scholarships and bursaries

At BPP University, we want students with passion and drive. This is why we offer bursaries to high achievers and those who might not have the finances to go to university - but do have the ability, commitment and dedication. You can find out more about our scholarships at

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.