International Foundation Year in Dentistry

This is your pathway to the prestigious five-year Dental Surgery Bachelor's degree at the University of Sheffield.

Sheffield is ranked 6th in the UK for Dentistry (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)

Progress to the School of Clinical Dentistry

The unique, purpose-built International Foundation Year in Dentistry will develop your skills so you're prepared for the prestigious BDS Dental Surgery degree at the University of Sheffield. Each year up to 10 ambitious students complete this programme and progress to the Dental Surgery degree.

Who is the programme for?

  • Ambitious students who want to study at a high-ranking, Russell Group UK university
  • Students who are prepared to work hard to achieve their career goals in dentistry
  • International students who would like to spend time in the UK preparing for their undergraduate study at Sheffield within a supportive and friendly environment

What will you study?

This 2-semester programme has been developed in collaboration with the University of Sheffield's School of Clinical Dentistry. In this entirely unique foundation programme, you will study modules relevant to the field of dentistry. Some components of the programme are delivered within the School of Clinical Dentistry, giving you an insight into the facilities and style of teaching at the University of Sheffield. You'll also study core modules that will boost your English and academic skills to the level you need for study at the University.


  • Academic English Skills
  • Project Skills
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dentistry (Delivered at the School of Clinical Dentistry)

Why study Dentistry at Sheffield?

  • The University of Sheffield is ranked 6th in the UK for Dentistry (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
  • BDS Dental Surgery has 91% overall student satisfaction, which puts the programme within the top 5 Russell Group Universities (National Student Survey 2020)
  • Sheffield is ranked among the top 100 in the world for clinical and health subjects (Times Higher Education World Subject Rankings 2021)
  • BDS Dental Surgery is fully accredited by the General Dental Council and the University's School of Clinical Dentistry is linked to the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, where the majority of clinical teaching takes place.

Progress to your degree

Throughout your time with us at the College you will receive regular feedback on your progress so you know you’re on the pathway to success. To help you reach your goals, our dedicated progression support team will support you. 

Once you complete your International Foundation Year in Dentistry and achieve the required grades, you will progress to the five-year BDS Dental Surgery degree at the University of Sheffield.

Please note: All foundation students embarking on BDS Dental Surgery will need to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions set out in the Clinical Student Entry Agreement.

Please note:

In addition to achieving the required progression grades, you will be expected to meet the following progression requirements:

  • Completion of the Discover Dentistry MOOC
  • Minimum 50% in School of Clinical Dentistry Enhancement Elements Assessment
  • No ‘red flag’ outcomes in Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
  • UCAT score above annual threshold set by the School of Clinical Dentistry

Start your application to the International Foundation Year.

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Key facts

Course length: 2 semesters*

Entry point: September

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older. Students wishing to progress to this degree must turn 18 by the end of September of the academic year when they start their undergraduate course at the University.

Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements

Fees: Check fees for your pathway programme and check fees for BDS Dental Surgery**

*Dentistry is only available in September.

Prepare for Success

Join our 4-week online preparation course at no extra cost, so that you are ready to begin your academic pathway programme.

Prepare for Success


Find tuition fees for all International College programmes, as well as information on insurance and taxi transfers from the airport.


How to apply

How to apply

Semester dates

You can start at the International College at multiple points in the year. Check semester dates for your programme.

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