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    (Original post by Persephone9)
    Why not? If you're capable of a dental school workload (I'm assuming it's comparable with a med school one), which if they let you apply they presumably think you are, then you're more than capable of doing an extra As.

    Biology isn't hugely difficult, I personally think it's the easiest of the 3 sciences (I didn't study physics, but everyone else in my form did and it looked harder then chem!). You might benefit from some lessons if you find independent study very hard, but apart from the practicals I think it would be possible to do the majority of the course in your own time.
    Well, I got 12A*s at GCSE and did well in my january exams so I'm hoping on As?

    Thanks for the reply. I might consider seeing if I could do it at AS then next year, if then I could apply for dentistry. Although with the current applications, people finding it hard to get into dentistry, would I still be unlikely to get a place purely on the basis of not doing the full A level?
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    (Original post by Persephone9)
    Why not? If you're capable of a dental school workload (I'm assuming it's comparable with a med school one), which if they let you apply they presumably think you are, then you're more than capable of doing an extra As.

    Biology isn't hugely difficult, I personally think it's the easiest of the 3 sciences (I didn't study physics, but everyone else in my form did and it looked harder then chem!). You might benefit from some lessons if you find independent study very hard, but apart from the practicals I think it would be possible to do the majority of the course in your own time.
    You can pretty much do well in biology if you learn the text book off by heart, it's not a case of understanding, but a case of memorizing facts
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    (Original post by racheatworld)
    I currently do Biology AS with the aim of applying to Dentistry for 2012, and I wouldn't recommend self-teaching.

    It isn't necessarily that the subject is difficult, but many people in my year mis-interpret it as being hard when in fact it just has a high workload. I just wouldn't recommend studying alone, as it may sacrifice revision for your other exams. I have the same predicted results as you (A's), and out of all of my exams, Biology is the one that I couldn't self-teach.

    Mind you, if you're coping well with your current subjects and have spare time on your hands, I'd say try it, make sure you have the support of tutors in your school and possibly use any frees in college (I assume you have study-periods) to drop in some AS classes?

    Good luck, as other have already said I'd take it up as an AS next year, drop your English, and do 3 Science A2s and Biology AS.
    I have heard too that there is a lot of content. Thanks for your opinion!

    I might find out and see what my college have to say about it. Although I'm wondering if they would be less likely to give me a place purely on just doing AS?

    I'm wondering if this would be too much of a risk. !
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    I have heard too that there is a lot of content. Thanks for your opinion!

    I might find out and see what my college have to say about it. Although I'm wondering if they would be less likely to give me a place purely on just doing AS?

    I'm wondering if this would be too much of a risk. !
    No problem. The content is the issue, but having said that, the majority of people who did badly and say that Biology is "difficult" are lazy and clearly did not revise thoroughly enough.

    Do you know if your college have "fast track" options for certain subjects? My college have one for Maths, which I may take up next year, and it allows me to complete an AS and A2 in Year 13. Maybe your college would have one for Biology? Stressful, yes, but if determined enough, should be fine.

    And maybe you could see if any past-Dental students have got in with a Biology AS?
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    (Original post by racheatworld)
    No problem. The content is the issue, but having said that, the majority of people who did badly and say that Biology is "difficult" are lazy and clearly did not revise thoroughly enough.

    Do you know if your college have "fast track" options for certain subjects? My college have one for Maths, which I may take up next year, and it allows me to complete an AS and A2 in Year 13. Maybe your college would have one for Biology? Stressful, yes, but if determined enough, should be fine.

    And maybe you could see if any past-Dental students have got in with a Biology AS?
    I don't think there is a fast-track option in any subjects apart from picking up AS Further Maths next year, so I don't think that would be an option.

    But yes, that is a good idea. I think I'll see what I can find.

    When did you decide you wanted to do Dentistry, how did you know?
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    (Original post by Amy-Rose)
    I don't think there is a fast-track option in any subjects apart from picking up AS Further Maths next year, so I don't think that would be an option.

    But yes, that is a good idea. I think I'll see what I can find.

    When did you decide you wanted to do Dentistry, how did you know?
    In response to your last question...

    I'd always been interested in Sciences, although I got even GCSE results (10/10 A*s) Science's had always been the subjects that I had enjoyed the most. So, I looked lightly into Science careers, and crossed off anything associated with research - I wanted to be directly helping people. So I was down to Vet Med, Medicine and Dentistry. I didn't want to do Vet Med - I'm only a cat lover and pretty scared of dogs, clearly that wasn't an option as I couldn't only treat cats unless I wanted to be out of a job by age 23. So, I researched Medicine and Dentistry, and liked them both. If I'd have chosen Med, I probably would've done paediatrics (like most others :P).

    I had quite a Med/Dentist dilemma, but after I did work experience in both, I knew Dentistry was better suited to me. Work experience was definitely the deciding factor and it allowed me to make a decision more informed that internet research ever could.

    Sorry for such a long response, what about you?
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    (Original post by Amy-Rose)
    Well, I got 12A*s at GCSE and did well in my january exams so I'm hoping on As?

    Thanks for the reply. I might consider seeing if I could do it at AS then next year, if then I could apply for dentistry. Although with the current applications, people finding it hard to get into dentistry, would I still be unlikely to get a place purely on the basis of not doing the full A level?
    I don't know, it really depends how good the rest of your application is. Your other options are:
    1. Give up on dentistry.
    2. Do other science degree, then apply as a postgrad.
    3. Take a gap year, do the whole biology A2 and work ex/other impressive things and apply then.

    However, doing #3 doesn't mean you can't apply this year. You really don't have anything to lose except £19 of UCAS fees as you can't avoid the fee increase, and if you don't get offers you can use any feedback you get from unis to improve your next application.

    (Original post by Alison1992)
    You can pretty much do well in biology if you learn the text book off by heart, it's not a case of understanding, but a case of memorizing facts
    Well, yes, but not everyone learns well like that, and as we saw from the 2011 unit 4 AQA papers, you also need to be able to apply your biology knowledge :P

    If the coursework part was a practical that was done in class then the OP would need to do that part of the course with the As class, which is the only part I can really see her school having a problem with (if there was a timetabling clash or something).
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    (Original post by Persephone9)
    I don't know, it really depends how good the rest of your application is. Your other options are:
    1. Give up on dentistry.
    2. Do other science degree, then apply as a postgrad.
    3. Take a gap year, do the whole biology A2 and work ex/other impressive things and apply then.

    However, doing #3 doesn't mean you can't apply this year. You really don't have anything to lose except £19 of UCAS fees as you can't avoid the fee increase, and if you don't get offers you can use any feedback you get from unis to improve your next application.



    Well, yes, but not everyone learns well like that, and as we saw from the 2011 unit 4 AQA papers, you also need to be able to apply your biology knowledge :P

    If the coursework part was a practical that was done in class then the OP would need to do that part of the course with the As class, which is the only part I can really see her school having a problem with (if there was a timetabling clash or something).
    I can't speak for her school but my school let you fast track A2s in a year and join AS classes, they other option of course is to do AS, then do A2 the year after in year 14, giving you 4 A2 levels applying for 2013 entry
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    (Original post by Alison1992)
    I can't speak for her school but my school let you fast track A2s in a year and join AS classes, they other option of course is to do AS, then do A2 the year after in year 14, giving you 4 A2 levels applying for 2013 entry
    Ahh, mine only let you take up extra As levels when you were doing A2s, you couldn't fast track A levels (unless you were doing maths/further maths).

    Yeah, I guess that would work too, especially if she got rejected this time round.
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    (Original post by Persephone9)
    Ahh, mine only let you take up extra As levels when you were doing A2s, you couldn't fast track A levels (unless you were doing maths/further maths).

    Yeah, I guess that would work too, especially if she got rejected this time round.
    It would also give OP more time to get relevant experience...this is a big deal in dentistry, my friend who got rejected did because she only had one week, some uni's ask for up to a months worth of relevant experience in various branches of dental practice, seeing as there are only 13 uni's in the UK that do dentistry, you've got to stand out as super keen
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    (Original post by Alison1992)
    It would also give OP more time to get relevant experience...this is a big deal in dentistry, my friend who got rejected did because she only had one week, some uni's ask for up to a months worth of relevant experience in various branches of dental practice, seeing as there are only 13 uni's in the UK that do dentistry, you've got to stand out as super keen
    Yes, but she's still got time to do some for the 2012 cycle. I think her best option would be to get as much possibly work ex for this cycle, and do As bio and try to apply for 2012 entry. If that doesn't work out she's then got a gap year for more work ex and bio A2.

    Are you a dental applicant/student btw?
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    (Original post by Persephone9)
    Yes, but she's still got time to do some for the 2012 cycle. I think her best option would be to get as much possibly work ex for this cycle, and do As bio and try to apply for 2012 entry. If that doesn't work out she's then got a gap year for more work ex and bio A2.

    Are you a dental applicant/student btw?
    There's no harm in applying this year, so long as she's keen she should be okay at sheffield and bristol without biology
    no, but my best friend applied for dentistry 2011 entry so i've learnt quite a lot about how competitive it is
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    (Original post by Amy-Rose)
    I'm thinking of applying for Dentistry, but since looking at entry requirements, I've realised I'm not doing the subjects wanted...

    I'm doing Maths, Chemistry, Physics and English Lit, because when I chose my options I had no idea what I wanted to do, so tried to keep my options open. I'm predicted As in all four of them.

    Seeing as I don't do Biology, does that mean I cannot be a dentist? :|
    Hi

    I am currently studying similar subjects as you.chemistry physics maths and Urdu and facing the same dilemma. Can I do dentistry without biology?
    I can apply to four universities that do dentistry without biology (dundee,queen Mary and bristol) and the last one being Manchester with a foundation year.
    If you don't mind, can I ask did you apply for dentistry and where.Did you get any offers?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks.
 
 
 
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