When was LDTA launched?
The LDTA is the culmination of over 7 years' planning and engagement to develop a modern new dental school in the independent sector. It is designed with a fresh perspective on the future with modern facilities, innovative curriculum and the needs of international students in mind.

Current Status
The University of Buckingham and The Leicester Dental Teaching Academy (LDTA) signed a joint venture agreement on April 27th 2012 to establish a Dental School in Leicester which would initially provide a 5 year BDS degree course. This was to complement a new medical School which the University was also pursuing at this time.

In October 2012 The University and LDTA hosted a launch in Leicester to an invited audience of 200 delegates drawn from Leicester’s Dental Professionals and a small number of other interested parties. Both parties pursued this venture with enthusiasm. However, delays in the anticipated start date for The Medical School and the large amount of resource required for this project alone has left the University with no choice but to delay the Dental school until The Medical School is established. As the University is unable to commit to a start date this has made it impossible for LDTA to complete contracts for provision and construction of facilities as required in the joint venture. Both parties therefore reached an amicable agreement to end the joint venture in January 2014.

The University of Buckingham will support, as far as it is able, the efforts by LDTA to attract an alternative joint venture partner.

LDTA is actively seeking a new University partner with an established Dental School which will be able to support the academy with its experience and expertise.

When Can I apply?
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How can I apply?
Applications will be made and processed by the University either directly or through UCAS.

What are the Tuition Fees?
These will be set when the course is reopened for applications.

What help and information is available to get a student visa?
Our partner University will have a highly trusted status with the U.K. Border agency and will be able to guide students through this process. It remains the student's responsibility to apply for and obtain the appropriate visa from UKBA (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/). Depending on the country of origin, the University or its international agents, will provide the necessary guidance in the first instance.

What qualifications will I be able to get?
The main qualification awarded to successful graduates will the Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) Degree. Throughout the course, high performing students could be awarded Diplomas and/or Certificates in a number of subjects including for example, Business Studies. After three years, all successful students will receive the Bachelor of Dental Science Degree.

Will the BDS course be recognised in my country?
On successful graduation, the student would meet the criteria to be registered with the General Dental Council of UK. The course will meet the required standards of the GDC and European Union. Similar BDS qualifications are already recognised in many countries but it remains the applicant's responsibility to check eligibility to practise as a dentist in the country/state of their choice.

Will I be guaranteed accommodation on campus?
The BDS course will be taught on LDTA's Campus in Leicester. LDTA guarantees accommodation for the first year of study, and for years 4 & 5 (the clinical practice years). This accommodation will be in and around the LDTA campus within walking distance. Click here for further details of availability and prices. Accommodation costs are payable to LDTA.

Is the BDS Course Accredited?
The General Dental Council of UK accredits all BDS courses at UK dental schools. The process for new courses is that Programme Documentation is submitted to the GDC prior to course commencement, and undergoes several stages of review by them. If found to be satisfactory, the GDC grants 'Provisional Acceptance' allowing the course to commence.

The GDC then inspects the teaching as the course is taught year by year and, if it is satisfied, it grants full acceptance (known as 'Sufficiency') before the first cohort graduates. This is the normal process for all new undergraduate dentistry courses in UK.

LDTA is seeking a University Partner that already has an accredited Dental Course and will, therefore, be able to bring significant experience to LDTA.