If you didn’t receive your dentistry offers, you may be considering a UCAS Clearing option, so we’ve written a guide to dentistry Clearing to prepare you for results day! You can use clearing to find a place at dental school if you didn’t receive your offers, declined the offers you did receive or didn’t get the grades to meet your offers. Note: this content has not yet been updated for the 2022 A-Level results cycle. Please check with your preferred universities for the latest updates.

Why do universities offer Dentistry Clearing?

UCAS Clearing allows dental schools to fill the spaces on their courses – this means they can open these spaces to students who may have the grades required to gain a place but may not have received offers at other universities.

Which universities offer Dentistry Clearing?

The universities offering clearing places differ from year to year – take a look at the table below to see which universities are offering clearing places for dentistry in 2020. 

UniversityCourseUCAS Course CodeEntry Requirements for ClearingPhone Number
Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityDental Technology BSc (Hons)B840UCAS Tariff: 96 points - to include two C grades, one to be in a Science subjects (Maths accepted); or equivalent

A-Levels: CC - 96 points to include two C grades, one to be in a Science subjects

IB: 24 points - full diploma must be achieved to include a HL Science
0300 3300 755
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)Clinical Dental Technology BSc (Hons)B840A-Levels: BBC - one A-Level must be in Biology at grade B. This course does not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking01772830777
University of SheffieldBio-dental Science and TechnologyB750A-Levels: AAB - including two Science subjects including Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Physics, Further Maths and Human Biology. Note that Biology with Human Biology is not acceptable in combination.

Students offering Maths and Further Maths must also have an additional Science A2 from the list. Sheffield will also consider applicants who offer Chemistry with Psychology or Chemistry with Geography as the two Science A-Levels
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It’s important to note that, due to the competitive nature of dentistry, limited places are available through Clearing, so don’t be disheartened if you can’t gain a place this way. Many students choose to take a gap year to reapply to dentistry next year. You can read more about how to do this on our Reapplying to Dentistry page.

How do I make an application for Dentistry through Clearing?

Applying for dentistry through Clearing is relatively straightforward. You can also find out more about Clearing on the UCAS website. 

  1. Use the UCAS search function to search for dentistry course vacancies. These will be snapped up fast, so the quicker you contact them the better!
  2. Contact the universities you’re interested in asking them if they will accept you.
  3. If the university will accept you, you then upload the details of the course under ‘Your choices’ and then ‘Add a Clearing choice’ in Track.

If I’m thinking of applying for Dentistry through Clearing, what should I do before Results Day?

  1. Make sure you have your Clearing number and UCAS Personal ID number (these can be found on your UCAS Track under ‘Your Choices’, so make a note of this beforehand), your Personal Statement and your GCSE results. You could print these out if necessary.
  2. Bring a pen and paper to jot things down while on the phone.
  3. If you have an idea of the universities you might like to contact, make sure you research them before you call them – you may be asked why you want to attend that particular dental school on the phone, so make sure you have an answer!
  4. Remember to charge your phone before results day – you’ll need it to call the universities!

Read 5 Things to Do Before A-Level Results Day>>

What should I do if I can’t get a place through Clearing?

Don’t panic! Gaining a place for dentistry through Clearing is very competitive. Many students choose to take a gap year to strengthen their application, and reapply the next year.

A gap year is a great opportunity to gain more work experience, boost your UCAT or BMAT score or improve your interview technique – and many dental schools look favourably on re-applications as it demonstrates commitment to dentistry.

If you’re unsure of your next steps, why not book a General Advice Session so our team of experts can advise you on the best route to take next?

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