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    Around aged 15, I missed the last few years of my secondary school education due to illness and ended up with no GCSEs or alevels. I decided to do an access course when I was 19 to make it onto a degree. The access course was pretty useless but at the time I just really wanted to 'catch up' with my peers so I took the route that was faster than A levels.I am now on a forensic science degree about to enter my final year. I believe that I could get a first or at least a 2:1 and I had decided to pay to take my A levels this year to apply for Dentistry. I have even done the required work experience with two dentists so far, however, I've recently been thrown by this statement on the admissions requirements of some of the courses I've looked at so far:'Graduates are required to have obtained a First/2:1 pass in the first degree. In addition to this a minimum of BBB at A-level, including Biology and Chemistry, from before the first degree started and GCSE B grades in English Language, Maths and Physics are also required.'The A level had to have been completed BEFORE my degree. Why?? I'm so confused about this and don't understand how this is fair if I manage to gain good A Level results. Does anyone have advice about this? I honestly feel so depressed that it seems there's literally nothing that I could do since I cannot turn back time. There are so few dentistry courses as it is... What are my options in this case? I simply cannot study dentistry in the UK??
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    (Original post by Dreamgirl55)
    Around aged 15, I missed the last few years of my secondary school education due to illness and ended up with no GCSEs or alevels. I decided to do an access course when I was 19 to make it onto a degree. The access course was pretty useless but at the time I just really wanted to 'catch up' with my peers so I took the route that was faster than A levels.I am now on a forensic science degree about to enter my final year. I believe that I could get a first or at least a 2:1 and I had decided to pay to take my A levels this year to apply for Dentistry. I have even done the required work experience with two dentists so far, however, I've recently been thrown by this statement on the admissions requirements of some of the courses I've looked at so far:'Graduates are required to have obtained a First/2:1 pass in the first degree. In addition to this a minimum of BBB at A-level, including Biology and Chemistry, from before the first degree started and GCSE B grades in English Language, Maths and Physics are also required.'The A level had to have been completed BEFORE my degree. Why?? I'm so confused about this and don't understand how this is fair if I manage to gain good A Level results. Does anyone have advice about this? I honestly feel so depressed that it seems there's literally nothing that I could do since I cannot turn back time. There are so few dentistry courses as it is... What are my options in this case? I simply cannot study dentistry in the UK??
    Any advice appreciated. Thank you
    Isn't GCSE Maths and English free if you haven't done GCSE's before regardless of it you hold a higher qualification?

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    I'm fairly sure not all dental schools require that the A Levels be taken before the degree; that statement might be assuming that most applicants doing A Levels after their degree will have already done A Levels and those are the ones they want to count. This isn't the case in your situation.

    I would suggest emailing/calling the admissions departments for clarification on your particular circumstances (since you mentioned illness and haven't done any GCSEs or A Levels previously) and whether they are willing to make an exception in light of them. In any case, not all dental schools require specific A Levels from graduates and you only need to find four for your application.
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    (Original post by AngryRedhead)
    Isn't GCSE Maths and English free if you haven't done GCSE's before regardless of it you hold a higher qualification?



    If you haven't got anything useful to add why bother posting?
    I've took the GCSE maths and english along with my access course which I paid for. I have to pay for the alevels too which is fine. The cost doesn't bother me if there is actually a chance.
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    (Original post by Dreamgirl55)
    I've took the GCSE maths and english along with my access course which I paid for. I have to pay for the alevels too which is fine. The cost doesn't bother me if there is actually a chance.
    Honestly your best bet is to call all the Dentistry Universities and talk to their admissions departments regarding your specific situation as there are probably other people going through the same thing. For instance I think Bristol and Manchester have an access course to dentistry which is 6 years in length instead of 5 which you maybe eligible for, but it's in your interest to call them first to find out what you need to do. Good luck
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    (Original post by Random.guy)
    Honestly your best bet is to call all the Dentistry Universities and talk to their admissions departments regarding your specific situation as there are probably other people going through the same thing. For instance I think Bristol and Manchester have an access course to dentistry which is 6 years in length instead of 5 which you maybe eligible for, but it's in your interest to call them first to find out what you need to do. Good luck
    Thank you. I have contacted Manchester and was told to consider an access course, the problem is that you can't be accepted on the access course if you've studied higher than A levels. It's pretty ridiculous. I have joint residency in the US too so I'm considering my opinions of maybe studying there instead however I guess I'm just really disappointed at how the system in the UK seems so unforgiving to any educational history that is not perfect.

    Thanks for the advice. I will update with the different universities responses for anyone interested or in the same situation.
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    (Original post by Dreamgirl55)
    Thank you. I have contacted Manchester and was told to consider an access course, the problem is that you can't be accepted on the access course if you've studied higher than A levels. It's pretty ridiculous. I have joint residency in the US too so I'm considering my opinions of maybe studying there instead however I guess I'm just really disappointed at how the system in the UK seems so unforgiving to any educational history that is not perfect.

    Thanks for the advice. I will update with the different universities responses for anyone interested or in the same situation.
    No problem. I thought you hadn't done any A'levels yet and was going to pay to do them this year, or am I just misunderstanding your previous post. Wouldn't it be way more exp in the US though; have you considered universities in Europe e.g. Hungary which maybe cheaper?
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    (Original post by Random.guy)
    No problem. I thought you hadn't done any A'levels yet and was going to pay to do them this year, or am I just misunderstanding your previous post. Wouldn't it be way more exp in the US though; have you considered universities in Europe e.g. Hungary which maybe cheaper?
    I haven't studied A levels, I have studied higher than Alevels (my degree) and the access course will not accept you if you've studied anything above that level. The US is much more expensive, I'd have to depend on loans. I will look into Europe, thanks
 
 
 
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