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    (Original post by KyleH123)
    Hi guys! I just have a couple questions in regards to dentistry:

    After leaving school at 16 (I'm now 19) with only one GCSE in Business studies, I want to go back into education and study dentistry.

    I have been advised by my local college that an access course in life & biological sciences at distinction would be sufficient to study dentistry at my local university (and some others). However, seeing all of the amazing grades you guys achieved at a-levels, it seems my odds of even getting an interview would be slim. My local university said that so long as I resit GCSE English and achieve at least a B on top of the distinction in the Access course they said I could apply. My backup is Dental hygiene & therapy. So, I have a few questions & I would really appreciate any input!

    What path should I take? Resit my GCSES then do A-levels?

    My local university said that so long as I resit GCSE english and achieved at least a B on top of the distinction in the Access course they said I could apply.

    Just looking for any advice really.

    Thanks guys!
    http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...%20courses.pdf

    There you go! Scroll to the bottom for a list of Dental schools that accept Access courses.

    You'll find that Dental schools are very picky about Access courses, and so I highly doubt that an Access to Science course would be sufficient. You should be studying an Access to Medicine course, and be aiming to achieve 45/45 Distinction grades. As for GCSE's, I believe that some Dental schools ask for A grades in Maths, English & Science.

    Even at that, you'll be up against students who have obtained A*/A grades in the majority of their GCSE's. You'll also need a very good UKCAT score to be considered.

    Dental Hygiene & Therapy is also very competitive, but you won't need 45/45 distinctions and an Access to Science course would be sufficient in most cases.
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    Thanks Kaeden - I live in Wales and I don't believe there are any college or universities here that host an access to medicine/dentistry course, maybe my local university (
    Cardiff) would be more willing accept a science access course because of this)? Perhaps I could resit my GCSES while doing the access course. I haven't commited to starting the access course, maybe I could just do GCSEs then a-levels? Would I be at a disadvantage because of my age and/or the fact that I had to resit GCSES?
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    (Original post by KyleH123)
    Thanks Kaeden - I live in Wales and I don't believe there are any college or universities here that host an access to medicine/dentistry course, maybe my local university (
    Cardiff) would be more willing accept a science access course because of this)? Perhaps I could resit my GCSES while doing the access course. I haven't commited to starting the access course, maybe I could just do GCSEs then a-levels? Would I be at a disadvantage because of my age and/or the fact that I had to resit GCSES?
    No problem

    Cardiff's requirements for Dentistry: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/under...eria/dentistry

    Cardiff accepts Access to Science, but only for the six year Dentistry course. Plus, you need A's in GCSE Maths, English, Science, and Additional Science.

    I think the GCSE's, the Access (Since you need mostly distinctions), as well as the UKCAT would be too much for you to take within one year. /:
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    Hi, my name's Ali and I'm a final year dental student at King's College London. I'm helping run a course that you might want to take a look at if you're applying to study Dentistry: www.dent-gate.co.uk

    Dentist for a Day is a one day course for year 10 to 13 students that covers a huge amount of information from core dental science, what to expect from dentistry at uni and an overview of dentistry as a career. We've also included advanced practical sessions focused on developing manual dexterity and a comprehensive workshop on the admissions process. Last year's cohort found the practical sessions and admissions workshops very useful and we received excellent reviews for the course as a whole.

    For more information have a look at the flyer I've attached and visit the website.

    If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! I'll try and get back to you as soon as possible.
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    (Original post by KyleH123)
    Anyone in a similar boat to me?
    I would just like to say good luck - I admire that you want to go back to studying and make something of your life.

    My suggestion would be - go and do several GCSEs - maths science english and get good results. It will get you into a learning mode ( if you want to do dentistry - you will need that believe me) DO them in a year if you can - they are not difficult.

    Then move - leave and go to a bigger area where you can get an access to science course or do A levels - it will give you so many more choices - you may find you don't want to do dentistry. The fact that you will be 21/22 will not be a problem.

    Good luck
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    Aww that really put a smile on my face. I live in Cardiff at the minute so I think I'd be able to find a suitable access course. Thanks for the reply.
    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    I would just like to say good luck - I admire that you want to go back to studying and make something of your life.

    My suggestion would be - go and do several GCSEs - maths science english and get good results. It will get you into a learning mode ( if you want to do dentistry - you will need that believe me) DO them in a year if you can - they are not difficult.

    Then move - leave and go to a bigger area where you can get an access to science course or do A levels - it will give you so many more choices - you may find you don't want to do dentistry. The fact that you will be 21/22 will not be a problem.

    Good luck
 
 
 
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