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​No change to DFT assessment dates this year

20 March 2017

There will be no changes to the assessment dates for dental foundation training (DFT) this year, COPDEND has confirmed.

The confirmation follows suggestions that the assessment date be moved from the November of the final year of BDS to the summer, after BDS final results. However after strong representations from the BDA, COPDEND has agreed to carry out a formal consultation on the proposals and clarified that no changes will take place for the round of applications for 2018 places.

Assessments will therefore take place as expected this November.

The decision by COPDEND to delay any changes to the assessment timetable comes after dental students via the BDA Students Committee, as well as some dental schools and individuals involved with the training expressed reservations about the proposed changes.

The BDA will be meeting with COPDEND to discuss this and other DFT issues in the near future, and will be submitting a formal response to the COPDEND consultation following its publication.

Representing dental students

The Students Committee represents the opinions and concerns of UK dental students. It ensures student opinions are incorporated into our wider activities and policy development.

BDA Student membership gives you advice and support to help you succeed as a student and as a dentist. You get access to the world’s leading dental journals, including our dedicated student magazine BDJ Student, and our elibrary with over 300 ebooks. You’ll get generous discounts on textbooks and events, and will receive our Career Guide and Getting your first job guide. You’ll also have extensive support as you prepare for the world of work with our DFT interview skills lectures and workshop.