Please note that for 2016 entry applicants will be expected to offer the UKCAT test.
Required subjects and grades: Three A levels at grade A, must include Chemistry and Biology (not General Studies) plus an A/S level at grade B – these must be obtained in one sitting; Human Biology may be offered, but not in addition to Biology.
Certified and non-certified A/S level results must be provided in your application (non- certified results can be included in your reference)
GCSE requirements: Candidates must have GCSE Chemistry & Biology at grade A* (or Double Science award at grade A*A*) plus Mathematics and English Language at grade A.
Please note, at both A Level and GCSE, resits are not considered.
Scottish applicants: Candidates will need to offer 3 Advanced Highers with grades AAA to include Chemistry and Biology plus a third subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 36 points including Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level with 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level to include Chemistry and Biology plus a third subject.
Graduates: Must have achieved (or be predicted to achieve) a First Class honours degree in medical science or related degree with A levels minimum of B grade.
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1. Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. Please note that the university’s standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which maybe raised through competition. As a minimum, the English language IELTS must be 7.0 in each component.
2. We now require applicants to sit the UKCAT. The scores are used in conjunction with details from the UCAS application forms to select candidates for interview.
3. Work experience (minimum 10 working days) in a general NHS dental practice is required before completing the UCAS form. You will be required to declare your commitment, involvement and understanding of the need to be working for the benefit of others (e.g. work in society, charity work). You must also demonstrate an understanding of the empathy needed when dealing with different members of society, something that gives you an insight into working with people from a different background to your own.
4. Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme.
5. All students will be required to sign the subject-specific Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry, details of which will be forwarded with an offer letter.
6. The School of Dentistry has an overriding duty of care to the public with whom students come into close contact. In accordance with current Department of Health Guidelines (March 2007) all applicants who are made an offer of a place on the course will be required to complete a screening process for Blood Borne Viruses as a condition of their offer.
7. The nature of undergraduate dental training precludes entry of those who may pose a risk of blood-borne virus (BBV) infection to patients. Therefore all potential undergraduate dental students must undergo additional health clearance before acceptance onto the programme. You are required to be screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, to include HBV, HCV and HIV infectivity as part of the offer.
8. All successful applicants must produce satisfactory evidence of immunisation against Hepatitis B and evidence of non-infectivity for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus prior to confirmation of a place and becoming registered as a dental student. (The UK Government Department of Health now requires all potential undergraduate dental students to undergo additional health clearance before acceptance onto the course; additional health clearance stipulates that individuals must be non-infectious for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. For further information about these requirements, please see: Medical and Dental Students: Health clearance for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis).
9. You must provide either evidence of having received two immunisations against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, or arrange for blood tests to be undertaken to determine your immune status to these viruses.
10. You should also provide evidence of either having received BCG immunisation against TB or a Heaf test grade 2-3 / Mantoux test 6 – 14mm and evidence of immunity to Varicella (Chickenpox) either by positive history of having the virus or by blood test.
Selection of Students
Dentistry is an extremely popular subject at Birmingham. During our selection process academic excellence is only one criterion; it is vital to be able to show that you are highly motivated towards a career in dentistry and possess other qualities required of a dentist. You will be required to declare your commitment, involvement and understanding of the need to be working for the benefit of others in the wider community. You must also demonstrate an understanding of the empathy needed when dealing with different members of our society.
Our system is designed to find suitable and capable students keen to become our future dentists. We look carefully, therefore, not only at your academic record and potential, but consider fully your confidential report and non-academic interests and achievements.
We stress that you must, before applying, have had some work experience in a general dental practice so that you are fully aware of the opportunities, changes and demands of the profession.
As stated elsewhere it is essential that strong evidence of commitment to Dentistry is provided in an application. Nevertheless, we do advise an applicant to apply for an insurance course should their application for Dentistry be unsuccessful. It is important for the applicant to contact the admissions staff for the proposed insurance programme in advance of submitting an application to ensure that their application will be considered. Please note that we will not consider an application submitted to both Dentistry and a different healthcare professional programme, such as Medicine.
All applicants will be fairly considered, with the stronger candidates being called to interview. This final stage of student selection will be run over one week mid-February in the form of multiple mini-interviews (MMIs). Interviews will take place during the February half-term week commencing Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2016 inclusive.
An MMI session will be approximately 1 hour in duration and consist of a circuit of approximately 10-12 interview stations. On each day of the MMIs, an opportunity will be given for candidates to tour the Dental Hospital and talk to some of our current students.