So, here's my situation. I am currently 21 years old. These are my grades:
GCSEs (2010): 1A, 5Bs, 2Cs, 2Ds
A-Levels (2013): CEE (Business studies, Biology, Chemistry)
I know my grades are bad. I blame this on very poor work ethic.
I've been working for the last two years as well as pursuing an AAT Level 2 course via long distance. I have almost finished the course, and although I find it interesting, I have strong desire to study Dentistry.
I've contacted universities in regards to access courses and how many years out of education is required.
I see two options:
1. Start an access to science course sept. 2015, study DH&T and then apply for Dentistry via graduate entry
2. Start an access to medicine and dentistry course CWA sept. 2016 and apply for universities that accept this course.
Option 2 can only be done next year due to a lack of work experience and funds. There is also the option to study OU level 1 module, however this is recognised by only Leeds which would greatly limit my uni options and chances of getting onto the course.
I know dentistry is an incredibly competitive course to get onto. Do I stand a good chance with any of these options?
I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you guys soon.
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- 15-01-2015 22:29
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- 25-01-2015 21:02
- 18-02-2016 05:03
Hi there, this thread caught me eye! Can I ask which option you chose and where you're at now???
- 18-02-2016 22:27
Your best bet in your circumstances for dentistry will be an Access course. It doesn't have to be Access to Medicine - check with each of the universities that accept Access courses (I believe every university except Barts/QM accepts Access courses for mature students). Most universities want a 45 unit Access course with units in Biology and Chemistry and expect 15 credits in each subject all passed with distinction. There are various Access courses which offer these units (like Access to Health Professions, Access to Science etc) and not just Access to Medicine. It is very important you check with each university whether your specific Access course is acceptable.
Most universities who accept Access courses will expect a minimum of 2 years employment out of school/college before completing an Access course - if you completed your A-Levels in 2013, have you been working for at least 2 years before starting your course?
I am in a very similar boat to you (but older) and I've heard back from Newcastle who have said they will accept my specific Access to Science HE diploma as an entry qualification.
Also - some universities have specific GCSE requirements for mature/Access students - again check with each university, some require no GCSEs for mature applicants, others require the same as A-Level/school leaver applicants.
In terms of chances - all I can say is there is usually no limit/quota on mature applicants like there is for international students, so you stand just as good a chance as anyone else that meets the criteria.
If you meet/exceed the requirements for an Access course when you apply, the university should not favour students with A-Levels over you - as long as you meet the entry grades (i.e distinctions for all units) then they should judge you on your UKCAT, personal statement, work experience etc unless they have specific GCSE requirements.
Just as important is the UKCAT, you won't get an interview if you don't do above average/well. I've heard all sorts of numbers but it seems to be anything above 690-700 you have a fair to good chance of an interview.Last edited by mcr2016; 18-02-2016 at 22:32.
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- 23-02-2016 22:13
Thank you for your response! I am looking to start COWA's Access course in 2017 hopefully.