This course is aimed at students who have the potential to become dentists but do not meet the academic criteria to apply directly to BDS Dentistry. It is a widening participation initiative for UK students who fulfil specific criteria. The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences that underpin the study of dentistry and to foster professional behaviours and attitudes. Dental work experience forms part of the course. Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress to the BDS Dentistry. Eligibility Please note: This course is open only to applicants from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are eligible for a contextual offer. Applicants from England and Wales can visit our contextual offer page for further information and a list of designated schools and colleges. Information on contextual offers for applicants from Scotland and Northern Ireland will be available online shortly, so please check back. Health and Disclosure and Barring Service check Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree, you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses. These blood tests are to identify the few whose health status may place them and/or future patients at risk. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practise, some students may not be suitable for a career in dentistry. All dental students are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, in line with other health-related courses in the UK.