Our pre-dental entry course in Dentistry (foundation year) is aimed at students who have proven academic ability but not the necessary science qualifications to apply directly to the five-year BDS . Automatic entry to the standard five-year BDS course is granted upon satisfactory completion of the foundation year. The five-year course will prepare you for a dentistry career through a combination of clinical study and basic and advanced dental sciences. Once you have mastered basic competencies in the University's skills facilities , you will move on to treating patients in both the University Dental Hospital of Manchester and local outreach clinics early in the course. You will learn to work within a dental team to take a patient-centred approach to clinical care, practicing in a professional, safe and ethical manner. Our students are also trained to become reflective practitioners who are committed to lifelong learning. **Aims** The course is specifically constructed to prepare you for the first year of the standard five-year BDS course . All topics have a medical or dental orientation, many using clinical material, although you will not have direct contact with patients. Part of the foundation year is taught at Xaverian College , with access to all its facilities and support systems. **Special Features** **Early clinical experience** You will be introduced to the clinical environment in the first semester of Year 1, enabling you to integrate theory and practice early on in the course. **Interdisciplinary learning** Learn alongside students and professionals from a range of backgrounds, including those training in complementary professions such as dental nursing and therapy. **Intercalation opportunities** You can study another subject to achieve a BSc award over one year between Years 2 and 3 of the BDS course.