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 Dentistry courses:
The following universities have Graduate Entry Dentistry courses:
Dentistry courses with a Preliminary Year are available at University of Manchester and University of Leeds for students who achieved highly at A-Level but didn’t take the required science subjects.
Dentistry courses with a Gateway Year are available at University of Bristol, University of Leeds and University of Liverpool for students who meet certain eligibility criteria and may have faced barriers to their learning. King’s College London also offers an Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme for students from selected ‘widening participation’ schools.
Dentistry is very competitive. Most Dental Schools ask for at least 3 As at A-Level, generally in relevant science subjects. Most also require applicants to sit the UCAT admissions test – apart from Leeds which requires the BMAT.
For Graduate Entry Dentistry courses, applicants are typically expected to have a First or 2:1 degree.
Each Dental School has its own entry requirements, so it’s best to look at university websites to find out the most up-to-date criteria. You can also check the Dental Schools Council’s guide to 2022 entry requirements.
If you want to pursue Dentistry but don’t have the right A-Level grades (or subjects), you can look into applying for courses that begin with an extra year.
You could also look into other dental care professions that require less intensive training:
Undergraduate Dentistry courses usually last five years, and consist of academic work as well as theoretical and practical training. Graduate Entry courses usually last four years.
Then you must complete your postgraduate training, which can have two stages:
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