The School welcomes applications from mature candidates, but will take account of the length of undergraduate and postgraduate training which has to be undertaken. In addition, we expect that no more than four years has elapsed since the most significant and relevant qualification.
We may be flexible over the route to achieve our academic requirements but we will not reduce the thresholds. We will consider only very serious life events occurring at an important stage in education; such as, absence from education for a significant period of time through illness or unexpected death of a close family member. Following discussion and receipt of independent evidence, we may, for example, consider applicants who study A Levels over 3 years.
Please note that extenuating circumstances affecting examination performance should be presented to the relevant examination board(s) for consideration. We will not consider further mitigation regarding exam results beyond that which the examination board has deemed as suitable.
Taking a year off
Approximately 10% of our students have taken a gap year. You will not be at a disadvantage if you apply for deferred entry or after you have completed your school qualifications. If you intend to do this, we expect that the year is used to broaden your experience either by working, travelling, voluntary service or some other activity.
Repeat dentistry application
We will not consider anyone whose application to Birmingham School of Dentistry has been rejected previously following interview. Otherwise, we will consider those applying for dentistry for a second time (see: Taking a year off). This policy may be waived for those who offer evidence of significant and sustained activity since the last application. This may include completing an undergraduate degree or undertaking two to three years of full-time work.
We do not consider applicants who have studied dentistry previously, in any country, irrespective of if they completed the degree or not.
These are not considered (except, see extenuating circumstances).
Transfer from another degree programme
We do not consider applicants who are currently studying dentistry or any other degree course. As indicated above, we will consider applicants who wish to study dentistry following graduation.