If you didn’t receive your Dentistry offers, you may be considering UCAS Clearing – so here’s a guide to Dentistry Clearing to help you prepare for results day.

What Is Dentistry Clearing?

Through UCAS Clearing, you can apply for university course places which haven’t been filled. You might want to consider Clearing if you didn’t receive offers, declined the offers you did receive, or didn’t get the grades to meet your offers.

While the competition for Dentistry courses can be fierce, Clearing can open doors to institutions that you may not have considered initially. It’s important to approach Clearing with an open mind and carefully research the universities and courses that align with your career aspirations and personal preferences.

Take the time to review entry requirements, course details, and any specific criteria that institutions may have for Clearing applicants.

Clearing opens on Friday 5 July 2024.

Can I Find A Dentistry Place Through Clearing?

Yes, it is possible to find a Dentistry place through Clearing. While Dentistry is a highly competitive field with limited places available, some universities may have vacancies in their Dentistry courses during the Clearing process. They can open due to various reasons, such as students declining offers or not meeting the required grades.

However, due to the competitive nature of Dentistry, it can’t be guaranteed that places will be available through UCAS Clearing. If any places are available, they will be limited and could be at any Dental School.

To increase your chances of finding a Dentistry place through Clearing, it’s important to be proactive and thorough in your approach. Research universities that offer Dentistry courses and check their Clearing vacancies regularly. Contact the universities directly to inquire about any available places and express your interest in studying Dentistry.

During these conversations, be prepared to discuss your qualifications, grades, personal statement, and any relevant experiences or achievements that demonstrate your passion for Dentistry. Admissions staff may conduct phone interviews to assess your suitability for the course, so it’s important to be well-prepared and articulate during these discussions.

While finding a Dentistry place through Clearing can be challenging, it’s not impossible.

But if you can’t get into Dentistry this year, you may want to consider taking a gap year and reapplying for Dentistry next year. Or you might want to think about applying for a different course (such as an Allied Health course) through Clearing.


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How Do I Apply To Dentistry Through Clearing?

To apply for university through Clearing, follow these steps:

  • Use the UCAS search function to search for course vacancies. These could be snapped up fast – so the quicker you contact the universities, the better!
  • Get in touch with the universities you’re interested in and ask them if they will accept you.
  • If the university will accept you, upload the details of the course under ‘Your choices’ and then ‘Add a Clearing choice’ in Track.

You can also find out more about how Clearing works on the UCAS website.

What Should I Do To Prepare For Results Day?

  • Make sure you have your Clearing number and UCAS Personal ID number (these can be found on your UCAS Track under ‘Your Choices’), your predicted grades, your Dentistry Personal Statement and your GCSE results.
  • Get a pen and paper to jot things down while you’re on the phone.
  • If you have an idea of the universities you might like to contact, make sure you research them before you call them – you might be asked why you want to attend that university or do that particular course on the phone, so make sure you have an answer.
  • Remember to charge your phone before results day – you’ll need it to call the universities!

Making The Most Of Clearing

  • Act quickly: Dentistry is a highly competitive field, and available places can fill up fast during Clearing.
  • Be prepared: Before contacting universities, gather all the necessary information and documents, such as your UCAS ID, exam results, personal statement, and any relevant certificates or references.
  • Tailor your approach: When contacting universities, tailor your approach to each institution. Research their Dentistry programme in depth.
  • Be proactive and persistent: Don’t be discouraged if you face initial rejections or if universities indicate that they have no available places. Keep exploring other options and contacting different institutions.
  • Consider alternative pathways: If you’re unable to secure a Dentistry place through Clearing, consider alternative pathways. Look into related courses such as Oral Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene and Therapy, or Biomedical Sciences.

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