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    Hi guys I am currently doing my AS levels (actually I've just finished them), and wanting to dentistry in the future. I was wondering however if my GCSE grades are good enough, as many candidates that have lots of A*s, and I well.....don't.

    My grades were:

    Physics- A*
    Biology-A (5 away from A*)
    Chemistry-A ( 1 away from A*)
    Maths- A
    Geography-A
    English language- A
    English literature-A
    RS-A
    Spanish-B
    OCR ICT- Merit (equivalent of a B)

    Any advice would be appreciated.
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    (Original post by cfcforever)
    Hi guys I am currently doing my AS levels (actually I've just finished them), and wanting to dentistry in the future. I was wondering however if my GCSE grades are good enough, as many candidates that have lots of A*s, and I well.....don't.

    My grades were:

    Physics- A*
    Biology-A (5 away from A*)
    Chemistry-A ( 1 away from A*)
    Maths- A
    Geography-A
    English language- A
    English literature-A
    RS-A
    Spanish-B
    OCR ICT- Merit (equivalent of a B)

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Moved to the dentistry section for you

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    (Original post by cfcforever)
    Hi guys I am currently doing my AS levels (actually I've just finished them), and wanting to dentistry in the future. I was wondering however if my GCSE grades are good enough, as many candidates that have lots of A*s, and I well.....don't.

    My grades were:

    Physics- A*
    Biology-A (5 away from A*)
    Chemistry-A ( 1 away from A*)
    Maths- A
    Geography-A
    English language- A
    English literature-A
    RS-A
    Spanish-B
    OCR ICT- Merit (equivalent of a B)

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Dont dwell on it too much, its not a huge problem. If you do well on the UKCAT your GCSEs will not matter as much. Some universities are much more lenient on GCSE grades and so apply wisely. Just make sure you work hard at AS and get those AAA predictions. Also, make sure you do a lot of work experience and volunteering.
    PS your GCSEs aren't 'bad', even for dentistry
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Dont dwell on it too much, its not a huge problem. If you do well on the UKCAT your GCSEs will not matter as much. Some universities are much more lenient on GCSE grades and so apply wisely. Just make sure you work hard at AS and get those AAA predictions. Also, make sure you do a lot of work experience and volunteering.
    PS your GCSEs aren't 'bad', even for dentistry
    Thanks I'll make sure I get the volunteering done and hopefully with some luck get those predictions
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    (Original post by cfcforever)
    Hi guys I am currently doing my AS levels (actually I've just finished them), and wanting to dentistry in the future. I was wondering however if my GCSE grades are good enough, as many candidates that have lots of A*s, and I well.....don't.

    My grades were:

    Physics- A*
    Biology-A (5 away from A*)
    Chemistry-A ( 1 away from A*)
    Maths- A
    Geography-A
    English language- A
    English literature-A
    RS-A
    Spanish-B
    OCR ICT- Merit (equivalent of a B)

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    EASILY good enough if you take a look here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...y_Requirements

    You will see that they are going to get you in almost everywhere ^_^
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    EASILY good enough if you take a look here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...y_Requirements

    You will see that they are going to get you in almost everywhere ^_^
    Those are MINIMUM entry requirements.
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    I don't care if you're 0.01 off an A*, they're below average.


    Should you have any chance of getting 5/6 A*s at A2 and 5/6 As at A2, maybe, maybe you'd portray glimmers of hope of stepping through the gates of Oxbridge/ICL/UCL
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Those are MINIMUM entry requirements.
    yeah what is your point? That means that the application goes through to the university to be looked at by admissions tutors which means you can make up your application in other ways. I swear I won with argument with you yesterday or the day before.

    Why do you have to put people down if they make their grades they make the grades. Also there is a point that they are the minimum, they would not have them as the minimum if you could not get in with those grades would they... so good job.
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    (Original post by JAIYEKO)
    I don't care if you're 0.01 off an A*, they're below average.


    Should you have any chance of getting 5/6 A*s at A2 and 5/6 As at A2, maybe, maybe you'd portray glimmers of hope of stepping through the gates of Oxbridge/ICL/UCL
    maybe they aren't aiming to go to those unis, anyways why do you keep coming into the medical thread and putting people down when you want to be a petroleum engineer?
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    (Original post by slg60)
    maybe they aren't aiming to go to those unis, anyways why do you keep coming into the medical thread and putting people down when you want to be a petroleum engineer?
    I can do either if I want
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    (Original post by slg60)
    yeah what is your point? That means that the application goes through to the university to be looked at by admissions tutors which means you can make up your application in other ways. I swear I won with argument with you yesterday or the day before.

    Why do you have to put people down if they make their grades they make the grades. Also there is a point that they are the minimum, they would not have them as the minimum if you could not get in with those grades would they... so good job.
    Look at the minimum entry requirements for cambridge at GCSE. Im not putting the person down at all. There is no reason for them not to apply to dentistry, Im just saying that those are minimum entry requirements and the vast majority of applicants will have ~5A*s+
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Look at the minimum entry requirements for cambridge at GCSE. Im not putting the person down at all. There is no reason for them not to apply to dentistry, Im just saying that those are minimum entry requirements and the vast majority of applicants will have ~5A*s+
    They have more than that for other courses, although Cambridge do not have a dental school....

    The point is you maybe be out of the norm applying with those GCSEs but it is not impossible to get in with them otherwise they would not have those as their minimum would they!
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    I'm proof that GCSEs aren't the end of the world, even for dentistry. I got 3A*s, 4As, 2Bs and 1C (in p.e so I guess it wasn't that important) and I'm a current second year at Birmingham and I've managed to do fairly well.

    I had 3 interviews out of 4 as well, the place that turned me down was Bristol and that wasn't for my GCSEs it was for something else. I know entry requirements have changed since I applied back in October 2011 and so I probably wouldn't get in now but basically what I did was I knew my grades certainly weren't perfect so I had to do everything possible in the rest of my application to make sure I got in. I got 9 work experience placements which included specialties, hospital work (maxillofacial and oral surgery), with hygienists, receptionists, lab technicians, NHS and private dental practices (and lots of them!) I went every school holiday I had and started early. Competition for these places is very high. I worked really hard during sixth form and got predictions of A*A*AA (one being in EPQ which I would also recommend doing) and I also did volunteering, DofE etc
    Look at the requirements and bring up the rest of your application as much as you can to show you're dedicated and a hard worker and give it a go. You'll always be wondering 'what if?' If you don't!
    Feel free to pm me if you want. I'm very into helping people out when it comes to applying etc
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    Also I don't know why this person keeps going on about Cambridge. They don't have a dental school and shouldn't make comparisons between Cambridge/UCL etc and a uni with a dental school.

    Different universities, different courses.
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    (Original post by Jenniferann232)
    Also I don't know why this person keeps going on about Cambridge. They don't have a dental school and shouldn't make comparisons between Cambridge/UCL etc and a uni with a dental school.

    Different universities, different courses.
    My point was that minimum entry requirements do not mean that they are 'fine' for the course. You had exceptional work exp/volunteering and A level predictions - this would have obviously balanced out your GCSE grades, which again, are not bad at all.
    Some of the unis will substitute 'worse' GCSE grades with a higher UKCAT.
    Its the overall application that matters, I was just saying the averages
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    (Original post by Jenniferann232)
    Also I don't know why this person keeps going on about Cambridge. They don't have a dental school and shouldn't make comparisons between Cambridge/UCL etc and a uni with a dental school.

    Different universities, different courses.
    (Original post by Jenniferann232)
    I'm proof that GCSEs aren't the end of the world, even for dentistry. I got 3A*s, 4As, 2Bs and 1C (in p.e so I guess it wasn't that important) and I'm a current second year at Birmingham and I've managed to do fairly well.

    I had 3 interviews out of 4 as well, the place that turned me down was Bristol and that wasn't for my GCSEs it was for something else. I know entry requirements have changed since I applied back in October 2011 and so I probably wouldn't get in now but basically what I did was I knew my grades certainly weren't perfect so I had to do everything possible in the rest of my application to make sure I got in. I got 9 work experience placements which included specialties, hospital work (maxillofacial and oral surgery), with hygienists, receptionists, lab technicians, NHS and private dental practices (and lots of them!) I went every school holiday I had and started early. Competition for these places is very high. I worked really hard during sixth form and got predictions of A*A*AA (one being in EPQ which I would also recommend doing) and I also did volunteering, DofE etc
    Look at the requirements and bring up the rest of your application as much as you can to show you're dedicated and a hard worker and give it a go. You'll always be wondering 'what if?' If you don't!
    Feel free to pm me if you want. I'm very into helping people out when it comes to applying etc

    Thank you finally some who can see reason!

    Also congratulations on getting into Birmingham, I believe that they place a high value on GCSEs so you must have a very strong application! It sounds like you do. When did you start to get your voluntary work and such? Did you take a gap year?
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    My point was that minimum entry requirements do not mean that they are 'fine' for the course. You had exceptional work exp/volunteering and A level predictions - this would have obviously balanced out your GCSE grades, which again, are not bad at all.
    Some of the unis will substitute 'worse' GCSE grades with a higher UKCAT.
    Its the overall application that matters, I was just saying the averages
    They are most definitley "fine" for the course, otherwise the MINIMUM GRADES WOULD BE HIGHER!!!!
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    (Original post by slg60)
    They are most definitley "fine" for the course, otherwise the MINIMUM GRADES WOULD BE HIGHER!!!!
    Do you not understand what competition means? Those grades mean you can handle the course, however competition for places far outweigh the places available and so they have to use gcses and the like to differentiate between applicants. Every year plenty of great dental applicants get rejected not because they weren't good enough, but because there were far too many applicants
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    (Original post by teen1234)
    Do you not understand what competition means? Those grades mean you can handle the course, however competition for places far outweigh the places available and so they have to use gcses and the like to differentiate between applicants. Every year plenty of great dental applicants get rejected not because they weren't good enough, but because there were far too many applicants
    For someone who is going to dental school this year you are awfully silly. I told you earlier that you can make up the application in other ways, I person above is a clear indicator. Can we just stop this because I am clearly right and you are just repeating yourself.
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    Moved to the dentistry section for you

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