Dental Schools use different teaching styles, which might impact where you want to study. The different styles are:
Take some time to research how these teaching styles vary and what each Dental School uses. Then decide which style might suit you best, based on how you learn most effectively.
Certain Dental Schools offer courses with a foundation year, which are suitable for students who performed well at A-Level but didn’t study the required science subjects. Some Dental Schools also offer courses with a foundation year for students who meet certain ‘widening participation’ criteria. You can see the full list here.
With a foundation year, the course lasts six years (compared to five years for a typical undergraduate Dentistry course). They include a preliminary year in which you’ll learn pre-clinical information and cover the foundation levels of science required to study Dentistry.
The importance of your UCAT or BMAT score for your application will vary between Dental Schools. Some will place more emphasis on it than others. You should check university websites to find out how they will use your score in the selection process.
If you got a high UCAT score, you might want to apply for Dental Schools where it is more heavily weighted – and if you aren’t very pleased with your UCAT score, you should probably apply for Dental Schools where it is less heavily weighted.
The BMAT is slightly different, because you take the test later and you won’t find out your score until after you’ve submitted your UCAS application.
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 if you want to go down this route, you should do your research prior to applying.
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