After completing some work experience and being sure that you want to study Dentistry, it is time to choose which Dental School to apply to.
Every Dental School in the UK is unique. The differences between them all can be confusing and it can be difficult to narrow them down to only four. The goal is to select a Dental School that matches your learning style and will serve you best.
This page outlines some of the questions relating to selecting Dental Schools.
Dental Schools have different teaching styles that might impact which Dental School you choose. The types of teaching are:
First take some time to research how the different course structures vary, then decide which match your learning style best.
Foundation courses are suitable for those students who have no completed A Levels in the required subjects. They include a preliminary year that involves learning pre-clinical information and covers the foundation levels of science required to study Dentistry.
These courses run for six years rather than the usual five year Dentistry programme.
Remember, you will already know your UCAT score prior to sending off your UCAS application. This means that you can tailor your choice of Dental School to fit your UCAT result!
The BMAT is slightly different – there are two sittings, which means that you can either find out your score before you apply, or afterwards. Find out more about which to take on our BMAT page.
Location might play a role in deciding which Dental Schools to apply for. Things to take into account are:
It is important, however, that at the interview stage you focus on discussing the course itself, rather than implying that you have applied to a certain university due to location. This is with the exception of patient demographic which can be discussed as a minor point if it is related back to learning opportunities.
An intercalated degree means that you will get a BSc (or equivalent) from taking a year out of Dentistry to study another subject. This usually occurs between second and third year.
The possibility of completing an intercalated degree depends on the University so this should be researched prior to applying.
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