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CARDIFF UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY  
  
BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY (HONS)  
  
YEAR 3   
  
Schedule of Assessment 2018/2019   
Intermediate BDS  
  
  
  
Programme Structure and Requirements  
  
Year 3 of the BDS degree programme comprises courses delivered across a range of Themes, 
notably Human Diseases and Clinical Dentistry.  The assessments in these subjects contribute to 
the Intermediate BDS Examinations.  
 
 
The overall Intermediate BDS (Year 3) mark will itself contribute 25% to the Final Degree 
Classification achieved at the end of Year 5.  In line with University regulations, the final 
classification of the BDS degree will be:  
  
Honours  
  
  
70% or above 
  
Commendation 
  
60-69%  
  
Pass  
  
50-59%  
  
 
 
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OVERALL ASSESSED COMPONENTS IN INTERMEDIATE BDS  
 
For the Intermediate BDS summative examinations in Year 3, marks will be obtained from end of 
year academic and clinical examinations, and course work (including projects).  
  
PART A  
DE3001 
Human Disease Examinations  
30%  
PART B  
DE3002 
Coursework  
20%  
PART C  
DE3003 
End of Year Clinical-based written Examinations   30%  
PART D  
DE3004 
Clinical Case Reports and Viva Presentation  
20%  
 
The overall assessed components (or 'OAC's) for Intermediate BDS will be called Parts A, B, C 
and D.  Each of these overall assessed components is divided into individual Assessed Sub-
Components (e.g. A1, A2).    
 
 
 
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Pass mark and Compensation 
 
The pass mark for each assessed component is 50%.  
  
Compensation will be made available within certain Overall Assessed Components (i.e. Parts A, 
and D) but not between Overall Assessed Components (i.e. there is no compensation between 
Parts A, B, C and D). See each Part for further information. 
 
 
 
PART A – DE3001 Human Disease Examination (June 2019)  
  
Contribution: 30% of Intermediate BDS   
  
 
Written Examination   
 
• 
Contribution:   
100% of Part A  
 
• 
1 x 2 hour MSA, SBA, MCQ and ANSWER MATCHING Paper (total of 20 questions)  
 
  
   
PART B – DE3002 Coursework  
  
Contribution: 20% of Intermediate BDS   
  
  
Projects  
  
• 
B1 Powerpoint Presentation Project   
Contribution: 25% of Part B  
  
• 
B2 Critical Appraisal Project and Open Book written 
examination  Contribution: 25% of Part B  
 
  
• 
B3 Clinical Case Report Project  Contribution: 50% of 
Part B  
 
Compensation: Candidates who achieve a mark of less than 50% for all B1, B2 or B3 will fail the 
component, however candidates who receive between 40-49% in B1, B2, B3 will be eligible for 
compensation with other B components provided the average mark across the three parts is at 
least 50%.  
 
   
 
 
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PART C – DE3003 End of Year Clinical-based Examinations (June 2018)  
  
Contribution:   
30% of Intermediate BDS  
  
C1  
Clinical SBA Examination Paper I   
1x 2 hour SBA Paper comprising Oral Surgery, Oral Radiology and Management 
of Dental Emergencies (Contributes 30% of C)  
  
C2  
Clinical SBA Examination Paper II   
1 x 2 hour SBA Paper comprising Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  
(Contributes 30% of Part C)  
  
C3  
Clinical SBA Examination Paper III   
1 x 3 hour SBA Paper comprising Restorative Dentistry (Contributes 40% of Part 
C)  
  
Compensation: No compensation will be made available between C1, C2 and C3.  A candidate 
who fails to achieve a mark standard set to 50% in either of C1, C2 or C3 will be deemed to have 
failed Part C of the examination and will have to resit the failed paper.    
  
The pass mark for the three components is standard set to 50% 
 
   
PART D – DE3004 Clinical Case Presentation  
  
Contribution:   20% of Intermediate BDS  
  
(i) 
2 x Case Reports will be submitted prior to the Clinical Case Presentation Vivas that 
are held in June 2018. 
    
Each Case Report carries 40% of the marks available for the Intermediate BDS Part D 
examination (Contributes a total of 80% of Part D) 
  
Two further cases must be prepared but not submitted. These two reports will be held 
pending the need to resit this component or can be a framework for a subsequent Finals 
Case Report. 
  
(ii) 
Viva presentation on the two Case Reports (Contributes a total of 20% of Part D)  
  
The examiners have the discretion to fail a student whose responses in relevant sections of 
the viva voce would put a patient at significant risk, even though the accumulated marks 
would otherwise indicate a pass. Such a student would then be subject to the same rules 
and conditions that apply to any student who fails an assessment. The definition of a 
‘significant risk’ must be taken within the context of the case and would include a life 
threatening decision (e.g. incorrect antibiotic) or the failure to diagnose and treat pathosis 
(e.g. carious lesions)  
  
  
 
  
 
 
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Absences  

  
Students will be required to attend all assessments as listed.  Absences will only be permitted if 
supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate).  Normally, students absent from 
any components of Parts A, C and D of the examination will be required to repeat element(s) of the 
examination at the appropriate resit time (i.e. special papers will not normally be issued).  
  
In relation to Parts B1, B2 and B3 unauthorised failure to submit and/or present a Project will result 
in a mark of zero.  Authorised absence will be considered by the Projects Committee, who will 
decide whether to allow an extension and/or a repeat presentation session.   
  
Please note that, if you do not inform us promptly of special circumstances, then, by 
Senate Regulations, the Examining Board cannot take such reasons into consideration 
retrospectively.   
 
  
 
Extenuating Circumstances  
  
Students must report personal circumstances which may seriously disrupt their ability to study 
and/or affect their performance in an assessment or an examination using the Extenuating 
Circumstances form. 
 
Forms and accompanying evidence should be sent to the School’s Quality and Enhancement 
Manager, Alaw Forsythe xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx.xx
 as soon as possible and within 7 days of the 
date of the affected assessment. Any information will remain confidential, where possible, and will 
be considered with due sensitivity. 
 
Information on the Extenuating Circumstances process, including the form, can be found here: 
https://intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/study/exams-and-assessment/extenuating-
circumstances?utm_source=linkfixer 
 
Resit Examinations  
  
A student unsuccessful in the examinations at the first attempt is permitted two further attempts, 
firstly during the re-sit period in August.  
 
Students should therefore ensure they are available for resit examination during the published 
University resit dates in August. 
 
https://intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/your-study/exams-and-assessment/before-your-
exams/exam-periods 
 
Should a student be unsuccessful a second time they will be required to resit Year 3 and will be 
permitted a third and final attempt in May/June of their repeat year.   
 
In relation to Part C, students will be required to resit the failed paper(s) only; however, all marks 
for overall Part C will be capped at 50%.  
  
Failure at a third attempt of the examination will lead to the student being excluded from 
further studies on the BDS Programme.  Therefore, satisfactory completion of the examinations 
is necessary before a student is permitted to proceed to other parts of the Dental programme.  A 
student may appeal against exclusion in line with University regulations.  
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The Examination Board  
  
The Intermediate BDS Examination Board will consider the marks obtained in Intermediate BDS 
examinations.  The results of the examinations will provisionally be released via your SIMS record.  
Registry will issue confirmed individual transcript records on a set date which is shown on your 
SIMS record.  Students will be able to seek feedback from the Assessment Leads.  
 
EXIT QUALIFICATION 
On occasions a small number of students find that clinical dentistry is not something that they will 
feel able to undertake comfortably for the rest of their life. 
Under these circumstances, having had thorough discussions with senior staff within the school, 
and provided that students have passed all the academic components of the degree over the first 
three years (i.e. Primary BDS Parts 1 and 2 and Intermediate BDS), it may be possible to have 
an exit degree from the course by the conferment of the degree of Bachelor of Science in 
Dentistry. 
You must be aware, however, that this degree will NOT permit an individual to be licensed to 
practise by the General Dental Council. 
 
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS AND COMPETENCE TESTS (FITNESS TO PRACTISE)  
All students will be required to undertake various Formative Assessments throughout their study.  
Formative Assessments constitute class examinations, practicals and competence tests such as 
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations which students must pass in order to progress.  
These formative assessments are within the Schedule of Assessment and do not contribute to 
the overall End of Year examination marks or Degree Classification.  However, failure in these 
assessments is a clear indication of a students’ inability to develop their competence and Fitness 
to Practise.  
  
Students will be provided with sufficient information and preparation time by topic coordinators in 
advance of any competence tests.  
  
Any student failing to demonstrate competence through formative or competence assessments will 
be called to an Academic Progress Committee.    
  
Students whose competence is cause for concern may be excluded from further studies on 
the BDS programme in accordance with University Regulations governing Academic 
Progress. 
 
  
  
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