Dentistry... without Chemistry A level?Watch
I applied for English Literature and was accepted by five out of six Unis that I applied to... Though now I'm doubting my choice of degree. Dentistry has always been something that has interested me, hence why I chose to continue a science at A level.
What are the chances of me being accepted to do Densitry without Chemistry at A level? Is there any way that I can get past this, or would I have to do a Chemistry A level before any school of dentistry would consider me?
I'd heard that there are 6-year courses at some of the dental schools which cater for people who do not have the required sciences by offering a foundation year. I wonder if they are as competitive/more accepting of resitters..? Bearing in mind that I did my Biology A level in two years, not three, maybe they would consider me. Hmm...
Out of interest (and if you don't mind me asking), what were your grades and where did you apply to?
What about doing a chemistry A-level? Its a bit late inthe process for this eyar- but take a gap year next year, do a a chem A-level, and apply to dent with a good set of A-level grades?
But would I be classed as a resitter if I did that? Because I've already spent 3 years in college doing A levels... Though each A level was completed in two years, if that makes sense.
its best to phone individual uni's. if oyou can show them that you have enough experince froom those years with dental stuff, and that you genuinely want to do dentsitry- you may have a chance. I guess its up to them- but if you get an interview then its defo down to you.
A level: Grades AAB. This should be three A-levels in arts subjects (one science permitted) or two A-levels at grades AB and two AS-levels at grades AB in arts subjects (one science permitted).
At cardiff they have a foundation course for people studying only one science but i believe that entry requirements are AAB.
Bristol also has a pre-dental year dentistry course where entry requirements are AAB.
however, i think you would be best contacting each university individually in your circumstance.....and remember that the pre-dental year means that you will be studying for 6 Years!!
If there isn't anything which interests you at uni, I'd say do as well as you can in your a-levels, take a year to think about what you'd like to do with your life, look at what you need to do and work towards it. Do some volunteer work, lots of work experience in a few different things, travel etc and hopefully you should be able to decide if you need to go to uni or get a job to get to your target!
Howver some universities may only require it to AS level and there are universities which offer 6 year "foundation programmes" with one year of the course involving the teaching of A-Level standard sciences.
However the six year option would usually only be available to students who did non-traditional A-Level combinations (e.g. English, Geography, Histroy) and would hence benfit from a year's science teaching.
I would strongly recommend you research your options very carefully.
P.S: I've just re-read your post. It seem that seeing as you took Biology to A-level already you may not be eligible for the foudnation programmes as like I pointed out those are only available to students without Science A-Levels.
It would also seem you took beyond the normal two year period to complete your A-Level education and hence in the eys of some dental schools you may well be viewed as a 'resit student'. Dental schools will have policies on such candidates. Some may well consider them for admission in line with other candidates, some may ask for mitigating circumstances in order to be considered, and others may well simply say that they won't consider your application.
Like I said, email the various dental schools and explain them your situation and perhaps send them a brief CV and ask them if they would consider you for 2008 entry if you were to sit Chemistry A-level next academic year (some colleges offer One Year A-Level programmes).
I hope you will not take any of this advice negatively, I am simply putting across an opinion based on information gathered from other students and what I know myself about the admissions process. Dentistry is a very difficult course on which to gain admission however it is by no means impossible, regardless of circumstances. If it is something you really want to do then you will find a way. Even if it invovles sacrifices like taking a year it, surely it would be worth it if you got to where you want to be at the end of the day?
Kings provides a 6 year course for people without chemistry A-level. Look it up
Kings won't be offering the 6 year course from 2009