A dentist is a highly qualified health professional dedicated to oral health and hygiene. To be a fully qualified dentist, you will need to undertake both undergraduate and postgraduate dental education.
This page answers the following questions about dentistry:
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A good dentist needs to have the right physical abilities as well as personal skills. Take a look at our checklist to see if you’re up to the challenge:
If you think you can meet the above criteria, it’s time to start looking at dentistry courses.
The following Universities offer GDC-approved undergraduate dental courses:
Dundee, Aberdeen, Liverpool and King’s also offer accelerated courses, which you can apply for if you already have a relevant bachelor’s degree.
Cardiff and Manchester both offer pre-dental courses for those who do not meet the normal entry requirements.
King’s also offers an Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme for students from selected ‘widening participation’ schools. Check the King’s website and prospectus for detailed entry requirements.
There is intense competition for places at Dental School. Most ask for at least 3 As at A-Level, often in relevant sciences.
If you don’t have the grades, you can look into doing a pre-dental foundation course. These are offered by some Dental Schools in order to widen access to the profession.
Each school will have its own entry requirements, so it is best to look at their website and prospectus to help you make your decision.
You can also look into other dental care professions that require less intensive training:
Undergraduate dental degrees usually last 5 years, and consist of academic work as well as theoretical and practical training.
Then you must complete your postgraduate training, which can have two stages:
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