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Hi !

I want to apply for dentistry starting 2005. Need halp with writing the ucas personal statement! :confused:

PLEASE HELP!!

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It's very difficult to give you pointers and tips when there's nothing to work with. Why not post a draft copy on here, and I'll give it a read-through. (NB. I'm going to uni to do medicine, not dentistry, but personal statements for the two are usually very similar).

For now: -be sure to open up with why you've always had this lifelong urge to pull people's teeth out (a bit of re-phrasing wouldn't go amiss here). I actually told the truth (SHOCK! HORROR!) in my personal statement, and said 'the first thing you should know about me is that I haven't always wanted to study medicine'. Seems to have worked, I got offers from everywhere.

---------include a bit about work experience and how it inspired you oh-so-much

---------of course you must give a valid and appriopriate reason for wanting to do dentistry (not "I want to be driving a porshe in 5 years time and this is the quickest way to do it")

---------Chuck in a paragraph about how brilliant you are and all your noteworthy acheivements to date.(The point where you sell yourself, indirectly saying "I'm better than anyone else because...")

--------You could finish off by emphasising your commitment to this field of work, and your passion for the subject of dentistry.

Hope this helps!
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thanks for the tips! im very surprised u got offers after saying it wasnt exactly ur lifelong dream!!

I'll try and write a draft and sent it to you!

Thanks again!

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By the way, out of interest where did u apply?

I am planning to apply to Kings, Bristol, Queen Mary's and Birmingham.

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Applied to Kings/Bristol/Newcastle/Cambridge (sorry...correction form my previous statement, I got offers from the first three, and got pooled then rejected by Cambridge, although they told me they loved my personal statement!).

King's is my first choice; great atmosphere and first class teaching/equipment (it's also reputedly the best in the country for dentistry).
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Just follow the usual checklist for personal statement writing. As long as you're not from a private school you shouldn't have too hard a time of it getting offers as long as you can think on your feet at interviews.

I wasn't half as well prepared as everyone else seemed to be at the interviews i attended, some even brought along examples of manual dexterity. Sod that.

Just make yourself come off as nice and rounded on your PS, add a liberal coating of ******** and you're done.
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[QUOTE=firebladez777.5]Applied to Kings/Bristol/Newcastle/Cambridge[QUOTE]

Cambridge don't do dentistry ???
What did u apply for there?
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(Original post by nabzp)
Kings/Bristol/Newcastle/Cambridge
Cambridge don't do dentistry ???
What did u apply for there?
i was going to ask the same but if you read he/she said medicine


mins.xx i'm hoping to read dentistry at manchester, am just waiting for my grades, if you havent got work experience you won't stand a chance.

as an intro to your personal statement, i mentioned positive aspects about my character
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i dint xplain myself properly b4. im actually doing a part-time Bsc in Biomedical Sciences and will be applying as a mature student cause ill be 22!My A levels werent brill so i dint apply straight after.

I spoke to someone at Kings ( i think he was the undergraduate tutor for something) and he was the most discouraging person i have ever spoken to! He told be that admission to dentistry is very competitive and made out as if i dint stand a chance!!

This is why i am so concerned about my personal statement, not because i want to get into Kings, but because id like to get an offer from SOMEWHERE!!

As far as work exeperience is concerned, what exactly classifies as work experience. I have 'shadowed' a couple of dentists. Is that sufficient?

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(Original post by mins.xx)
i dint xplain myself properly b4. im actually doing a part-time Bsc in Biomedical Sciences and will be applying as a mature student cause ill be 22!My A levels werent brill so i dint apply straight after.

I spoke to someone at Kings ( i think he was the undergraduate tutor for something) and he was the most discouraging person i have ever spoken to! He told be that admission to dentistry is very competitive and made out as if i dint stand a chance!!

This is why i am so concerned about my personal statement, not because i want to get into Kings, but because id like to get an offer from SOMEWHERE!!

As far as work exeperience is concerned, what exactly classifies as work experience. I have 'shadowed' a couple of dentists. Is that sufficient?

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part time work say 10 hours per week in a dental surgery

you'll need to finish your BSc course
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(Original post by mins.xx)

As far as work exeperience is concerned, what exactly classifies as work experience. I have 'shadowed' a couple of dentists. Is that sufficient?

mins.
Shadowing a couple of dentists is sufficient, but ideally you should do a lot more to make your application stand out, - two weeks of work experience in a dental surgery is the absolute minimum you should do, any more is a bonus. Also, it'll give you a lot more to talk about at interview, as well as giving yourself a better idea of what your letting yourself in for.
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There is a course I think you would find helpful, I went on it last year. It's called Dentsitry Day, at the Uni of Liverpool. There are the usual lectures on Grades, Interviews, PS, but also a tour of the hospital with students in their final year and a chance to have a go at fillings in a set of plastic teeth, which was the best bit

Last year it was on the 27th August, or there-abouts, it cost £20, including a buffet lunch.

I put it in my PS (I didn't mention which uni it was at), it does look quite good as there are many medical courses but not dental. I was asked about it at my interviews and the plastic teeth I took along made a good talking point.

I guess I should really put this in the Dentistry subforum. If you want mroe info, ring Liverpool uni dental dept.

Hope this helps.
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you'll need to finish your BSc course[/QUOTE]


I dont quite understand that. Do you mean i would have to finish the BSc b4 applying? i thought i could ask my uni supervisor to predict me a grade and put that on the ucas form. Is that not allowed?

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I think you can just ask for a prediction but I'm not sure. E-mail the admissions office at the dental schools you are thinking of applying to and ask what they will accept.
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Just follow the usual checklist for personal statement writing.
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Personal statement chcklist? Sorry im new to this forum, where do i find the checklist?

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[QUOTE=nabzp][QUOTE=firebladez777.5]Applied to Kings/Bristol/Newcastle/Cambridge

Cambridge don't do dentistry ???
What did u apply for there?
If you read my first post...I have applied for MEDICINE!!!!
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(Original post by mins.xx)
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Personal statement chcklist? Sorry im new to this forum, where do i find the checklist?

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from your centre,institution...... i asked for help with mine, there is a common structure that ought to be followed such as mentioning character, why you want to study dentistry for the next 5 years, what relevant work experience you have, what you learnt, why dentistry is for you,

everything has to be positive and really enhance your grammatical sentences in a manner that will inspire the admissions tutors - also get help on this, get it in WAY WAY WAY before the deadline whcih is something like october 15
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For Denstistry:

Birmingham Vs Manchester

Which would you choose?

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[QUOTE=nabzp]There is a course I think you would find helpful, I went on it last year. It's called Dentsitry Day, at the Uni of Liverpool. There are the usual lectures on Grades, Interviews, PS, but also a tour of the hospital with students in their final year and a chance to have a go at fillings in a set of plastic teeth, which was the best bit [PHP]

Sounds good. Thanks for that!

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For Denstistry:

Birmingham Vs Manchester

Which would you choose?

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that question mirrors your lack of research, and tbh it's all about where you will want to study
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