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What A levels do you need to do dentistry? UCAS says biology/chemistry but is maths necessary/physics? Is a combination like this: Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, French.. okay for dentistry?
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What A levels do you need to do dentistry? UCAS says biology/chemistry but is maths necessary/physics? Is a combination like this: Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, French.. okay for dentistry?
They said bio and chemistry are necessary because almost every university requires them. Most also do not care what your other option is as long as its an A, usually excluding general studies. Don't do maths/physics just because you think it might look better, if you don't get an A it will be a disadvantage.

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Hi I want to be a dentist as well im doing my AS atm and i have taken Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They want you to definetly take biology and chemistry
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They said bio and chemistry are necessary because almost every university requires them. Most also do not care what your other option is as long as its an A, usually excluding general studies. Don't do maths/physics just because you think it might look better, if you don't get an A it will be a disadvantage.

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Thanks, im definitely doing biology/chemistry, i didnt want to do maths or physics at a level at all, but wont I need maths for a dentistry undergraduate course? (if i went on to do that and got the grades)
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Hi I want to be a dentist as well im doing my AS atm and i have taken Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They want you to definetly take biology and chemistry
Thanks, how do you find biology and chemistry A level by the way in terms of how challenging they are? As in the step up from GCSE to A level..?
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Thanks, im definitely doing biology/chemistry, i didnt want to do maths or physics at a level at all, but wont I need maths for a dentistry undergraduate course? (if i went on to do that and got the grades)
No you won't. A lot of applicants have only Biology and Chemistry and it suffices. I've applied for Dentistry, and I had a mix of Biloogy, Chemistry, Psychology and English. You'd rather do something you enjoy as opposed to maths (which can be a terror if you don't like it) - it'll be easier to get higher grades and you won't feel depressed learning about it. It also shows you have a variety of interests, if you choose something like a language or an art or politics/history.
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Remember you will also have to do the UKCAT for dentistry, which involves a lot of maths.
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No you won't. A lot of applicants have only Biology and Chemistry and it suffices. I've applied for Dentistry, and I had a mix of Biloogy, Chemistry, Psychology and English. You'd rather do something you enjoy as opposed to maths (which can be a terror if you don't like it) - it'll be easier to get higher grades and you won't feel depressed learning about it. It also shows you have a variety of interests, if you choose something like a language or an art or politics/history.
Thanks yeah maths isn't my strongest subject i guess.. if you don't mind me asking, what uni's did you apply to?
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Thanks yeah maths isn't my strongest subject i guess.. if you don't mind me asking, what uni's did you apply to?
Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool

I did Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths (AS)
Got a B in maths but A's in the rest, maths is definitely not my strong point either and dropping it was the best choice I could've ever made, just do what you're comfortable with!
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Remember you will also have to do the UKCAT for dentistry, which involves a lot of maths.
Oh yes the quantitative reasoning part.. how hard is that though? I heard that you have a calculator for that?
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Thanks yeah maths isn't my strongest subject i guess.. if you don't mind me asking, what uni's did you apply to?
Applied to Plymouth (offer), Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds (pre interview rejections). It wasn't my subjects that were the problem though. It was other menial factors which I didn't consider in my PS (e.g. Length of work exp etc).

I hated maths during high school too, just managed to get an A among mostly other A* grades - I got the lowest in it but had to try the hardest. If you're in a similar situation to me then don't burden yourself. Choose something you're comfortable with and can happily revise for (even if the specification is waaay boring).
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Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool

I did Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths (AS)
Got a B in maths but A's in the rest, maths is definitely not my strong point either and dropping it was the best choice I could've ever made, just do what you're comfortable with!
wow okay thank you! i will
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Applied to Plymouth (offer), Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds (pre interview rejections). It wasn't my subjects that were the problem though. It was other menial factors which I didn't consider in my PS (e.g. Length of work exp etc).

I hated maths during high school too, just managed to get an A among mostly other A* grades - I got the lowest in it but had to try the hardest. If you're in a similar situation to me then don't burden yourself. Choose something you're comfortable with and can happily revise for (even if the specification is waaay boring).
That's the same with me, Im picking my a levels now and I don't want to take maths so i dont think i will, i dont really like it :/ thank you!
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Oh yes the quantitative reasoning part.. how hard is that though? I heard that you have a calculator for that?
I'm pretty certain that I'm going to get an A* at maths A levels and q.r. was still by far my worst section. There is just not enough time to answer all of the questions (again coming from a person that will finish an A level paper in less than half the time). It was just insane.

Also, you get a calculator but its an online one which is a bit different.
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That's the same with me, Im picking my a levels now and I don't want to take maths so i dont think i will, i dont really like it :/ thank you!
No problem. Choose wisely. And if you find out that your grades surprise you in August, if there are spaces in other subjects, they will be happy to transfer you. Work hard in your GCSEs, sometimes a B grade can be the difference between a rejection and an opportunity
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Oh yes the quantitative reasoning part.. how hard is that though? I heard that you have a calculator for that?
It's just GCSE level maths. A-Level maths certainly isn't needed, not is it even helpful.
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I'm pretty certain that I'm going to get an A* at maths A levels and q.r. was still by far my worst section. There is just not enough time to answer all of the questions (again coming from a person that will finish an A level paper in less than half the time). It was just insane.

Also, you get a calculator but its an online one which is a bit different.
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It's just GCSE level maths. A-Level maths certainly isn't needed, not is it even helpful.
I'm not sure now :confused: is it like gcse maths or really hard?
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Thanks, im definitely doing biology/chemistry, i didnt want to do maths or physics at a level at all, but wont I need maths for a dentistry undergraduate course? (if i went on to do that and got the grades)
My friend is doing dentistry at Sheffield next year (deferred) and she didn't do Maths..she did Biology, Chemistry and Economics
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I'm not sure now :confused: is it like gcse maths or really hard?
If you can do GCSE maths you can do this, you know maths is my weakest point but in the UKCAT that was my highest subscore with like 730 or something. Stupid abstract reasoning brought my score waaaay down as I got 360 in that section but 600's in the others.
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I'm not sure now :confused: is it like gcse maths or really hard?
It's difficult, but as has already been stated the reason is mainly to do with the limited time you have per question. The knowledge doesn't ever go beyond standard GCSE level, just as stated on the site.
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