- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- A levels must include Chemistry and Biology. These must be obtained in one sitting. Human Biology may be offered, but not in addition to Biology. GCSE A*/8 in Biology and Chemistry and A/7 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature. You must also sit the UCAT.
- General Studies:
- Not accepted.
Please note, at both A Level and GCSE, resits are not considered.
BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are not accepted
Scottish applicants: Scottish Highers of AAAAA plus advanced Highers at AA in Chemistry and Biology with no need for a third advanced higher.
Graduates: Must have achieved 2:1 in a health sciences related degree (or 65% average if unclassified degree), and a minimum of ABB at A Level to include Chemistry and Biology plus one other.
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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 UCAT. The scores are used in conjunction with details from the UCAS application forms to select candidates for interview.
3. In order to appreciate the career that a BDS degree will prepare you for, it is essential that all applicants carry out work shadowing within a dental practice setting. We require at least 3 days work experience, and more credit will be given to those applicants who have carried out work experience / shadowing in an NHS practice setting. Alongside this, extra work experience placements in associated dental settings (for example with fully private practitioners, dental laboratories, hygienists, receptionists, specialist practitioners) are beneficial, however they are not a substitute for NHS work shadowing in a practice.
In addition to this dental work experience, we expect all applicants to have carried out a voluntary placement within the wider society which will enhance their communication skills and enable them to widen their appreciation of the needs of a public facing health career. Placements such as voluntary working in a care home, working with people from diverse and sometimes challenging backgrounds such as the homeless, those with learning difficulties or hospital in-patients are particularly useful. Voluntary placements which are carried out within applicant’s own schools or sports clubs will be given less credit than those which are more challenging.
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4. Students will be required to complete a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme.
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
During our selection process academic excellence is only one criterion; it is vital to show that you are highly motivated towards a career in dentistry and possess other qualities required of a dentist. You'll 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 future dentists. We look carefully 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.
It is essential that strong evidence of commitment to Dentistry is provided in an application. Nevertheless, we do advise applicants 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 strong candidates being called to interview. The final stage of student selection will be run over one week mid-February in the form of multiple mini-interviews (MMIs).
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.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,6 at Higher Level (to include Chemistry and Biology) with a minimum of 32 points overall.
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.
Please contact our admissions team for more information on entry requirements for overseas applicants.