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The DFT application process in 2020

Due to the COVID-19 and ongoing restrictions, COPDEND has decided to make changes to the Dental Foundation Training (DFT)  national recruitment system for this year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The main change is that the application process will consist of the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) only.

There’s more information and some practice SJTs on the COPDEND DFT recruitment website.


DFT recruitment week with the BDA

Every year as part of national recruitment week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the BDA holds a full day of seminars exclusively for our final year student members. The aim of the day is to prepare and support you for the DFT recruitment process.


This year, in order to comply with restrictions, we have created five seminar-style videos, and two live Q&A webinars designed to help prepare you for the Situational Judgment Test and to answer all your burning questions.


We know this is different to what has gone before but we want to reassure you that the same bespoke content and expert advice is available, and this new method will in no way compromise on quality. In fact, we think it an even more effective and flexible way of working with you.


Sign in to watch the videos

The following videos have been made exclusively for our BDA final year student members. In order to view them you'll need to log into the BDA website.


Watch the videos


1. Introduction to the DFT recruitment process

2. Preparing for DFT Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

3. Situational Judgement Tests: Mock exam one

4. Situational Judgement Tests: Mock exam two
5. Final exam tips and scheme preferencing

6. Live Q&A: Mock exam one
7. Live Q&A: Mock exam two


Your BDA membership


These videos are available to our BDA final year student members only along with our Getting Your First Job guide.


If you would like to become a BDA student member (only £2.50 per month) then you can join online or give our membership team a call on 020 7563 4550.