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Hey,

I've started a new thread in the hope that someone could help me out here During my A-levels I had never known what I wanted to study at university but I knew I wanted to go around the healthcare route as I enjoyed those areas the most. Having no real aspirations during A-levels, I did not take it seriously at all and thus only took 2 Alevels.
As soon as I finished I took up a foundation year in Biomedical sciences (I am currently 18) as I heard that will keep my options open for when I decide on a career. So far I have found the course fairly easy and as result have been given offers to transfer to Kings College Biomedical science and other Universities for Pharmacy.
This is where my question comes in. During my year I have been thinking about career options a lot and am now fairly certain that Dentistry is the profession id like to enter. Looking at postgrad entry requirements I see that although some uni's are concerned about A-levels and GCSE's, there are quite a few which don't mention them in requirements at all. However I question the legitimacy of this. I ask whether you think A-levels/GCSE's will put me at a disadvantage for Universities which state the selection process is only concerned with a 2:1, Work experience, and UKCAT score.
If I still really do have a realistic chance at getting into dentistry I would continue studying Biomedical science in the hope to be able to enter postgrad dentistry, but if that is not an option (and unis do actually care about alevels/gcse's in postgrad dentistry even though they haven't mentioned it) I would go have to go back to the drawing board as I don't feel a biomedical scientist will be suited to me.

Thankyou!
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Hey,

I've started a new thread in the hope that someone could help me out here During my A-levels I had never known what I wanted to study at university but I knew I wanted to go around the healthcare route as I enjoyed those areas the most. Having no real aspirations during A-levels, I did not take it seriously at all and thus only took 2 Alevels.
As soon as I finished I took up a foundation year in Biomedical sciences (I am currently 18) as I heard that will keep my options open for when I decide on a career. So far I have found the course fairly easy and as result have been given offers to transfer to Kings College Biomedical science and other Universities for Pharmacy.
This is where my question comes in. During my year I have been thinking about career options a lot and am now fairly certain that Dentistry is the profession id like to enter. Looking at postgrad entry requirements I see that although some uni's are concerned about A-levels and GCSE's, there are quite a few which don't mention them in requirements at all. However I question the legitimacy of this. I ask whether you think A-levels/GCSE's will put me at a disadvantage for Universities which state the selection process is only concerned with a 2:1, Work experience, and UKCAT score.
If I still really do have a realistic chance at getting into dentistry I would continue studying Biomedical science in the hope to be able to enter postgrad dentistry, but if that is not an option (and unis do actually care about alevels/gcse's in postgrad dentistry even though they haven't mentioned it) I would go have to go back to the drawing board as I don't feel a biomedical scientist will be suited to me.

Thankyou!
Grad entry is usually for people who do not have the GCSEs/A levels or have changed their mind at a later point so if you meet the rest of the requirements go for it. You will be asked for your A levels and GCSEs on the application as with lots of other things but they may not play as big of a role in the decision making process.
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There are only 4 universities that offer the Graduate entry Dentistry program in the UK; Liverpool, Cental Lancashire, KCL and Aberdeen (Scotland).

In total there's probably less than 100 places in the whole UK for graduate entry dentistry; a google search tells me 29 at lancashire and 15 for liverpool, and if I remember correctly 19 at aberdeen.

UKCAT and pre-admissions exams are required just to get an interview, which are MMI based and notoriously difficult. Students applying have stellar A-Levels (three A-levels likely at AAA already), GCSEs, work experience in community, hospital, placements, primary care, abroad, and most have 1st class degrees (biomed, pharmacists, some medics/doctors with >60% in their MBChB that want to specialise in MaxFax, etc). Competition is fierce.

Graduate entry medicine has far more places available than graduate entry dentistry.

Graduate entry dentistry is more competitive than undergrad entry (5-year standard) dentistry, however you can't get away from the AAA A-Level requirements for undergrad entry.

There's a lot to think about, and a lot to prepare for as many people have spent years and years planning to get into dental school, you really will be up against the best. Dentistry is not an easy course to get into. Good luck.

BTW what you're looking for is Graduate Entry Dentistry - this is different to Postgraduate, which are degrees you do AFTER becoming a dentist to specialise in something e.g. restorative dentistry, periodontist, implantologist, oral surgeon, etc
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Hey,

I didn't do very well in my Highers (I think they're the same as A-levels) back in the day and ended up doing biomedical sciences to keep my options open... you'll need a 2:1 or a first to be considered in graduate dentistry.

There's definatley a chance you'll get accepted.... because I did! I worked as a scientist for a few years after graduating and haaaaaated it, so eventually I applied for 2017 entry and I'm now currently in Aberdeen studying away to be a dentist. If it's what you want to do, go for it!

They look at a lot of extra-curricular things, not just grades. They look for people skills and manual dexterity as well as being able to cope under stress and pressure. So my advice is to work your ass off to get your final result, and fit in as much volunteering, society work and hobbies as possible to show these skills.

You can practice the UKCAT again and again as well before you take the actual test to get used to the format, questions and timings.

Yeah it's competitive, but you won't get in if you don't apply...


(Original post by zraa)
Hey,

I've started a new thread in the hope that someone could help me out here During my A-levels I had never known what I wanted to study at university but I knew I wanted to go around the healthcare route as I enjoyed those areas the most. Having no real aspirations during A-levels, I did not take it seriously at all and thus only took 2 Alevels.
As soon as I finished I took up a foundation year in Biomedical sciences (I am currently 18) as I heard that will keep my options open for when I decide on a career. So far I have found the course fairly easy and as result have been given offers to transfer to Kings College Biomedical science and other Universities for Pharmacy.
This is where my question comes in. During my year I have been thinking about career options a lot and am now fairly certain that Dentistry is the profession id like to enter. Looking at postgrad entry requirements I see that although some uni's are concerned about A-levels and GCSE's, there are quite a few which don't mention them in requirements at all. However I question the legitimacy of this. I ask whether you think A-levels/GCSE's will put me at a disadvantage for Universities which state the selection process is only concerned with a 2:1, Work experience, and UKCAT score.
If I still really do have a realistic chance at getting into dentistry I would continue studying Biomedical science in the hope to be able to enter postgrad dentistry, but if that is not an option (and unis do actually care about alevels/gcse's in postgrad dentistry even though they haven't mentioned it) I would go have to go back to the drawing board as I don't feel a biomedical scientist will be suited to me.

Thankyou!
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Hey,

I didn't do very well in my Highers (I think they're the same as A-levels) back in the day and ended up doing biomedical sciences to keep my options open... you'll need a 2:1 or a first to be considered in graduate dentistry.

There's definatley a chance you'll get accepted.... because I did! I worked as a scientist for a few years after graduating and haaaaaated it, so eventually I applied for 2017 entry and I'm now currently in Aberdeen studying away to be a dentist. If it's what you want to do, go for it!

They look at a lot of extra-curricular things, not just grades. They look for people skills and manual dexterity as well as being able to cope under stress and pressure. So my advice is to work your ass off to get your final result, and fit in as much volunteering, society work and hobbies as possible to show these skills.

You can practice the UKCAT again and again as well before you take the actual test to get used to the format, questions and timings.

Yeah it's competitive, but you won't get in if you don't apply...
Hey,

First of all id like to thank you so much for taking your time to reply to me as your situation was so similar to mine! Of course I want to congratulate for getting into dental school, I hope you do very well in it and enjoy the course as well as your future career

After much consideration and knowing the risk that I may end up working as a scientist (which I already know I will hate), I have decided to carry on with biomedical science with the hopes of entering graduate entry dentistry similar to what you have done.

Thankfully, I have been given the opportunity by my current university to transfer straight into year 2 biomedicine at the end of this foundation year, which means that this is now an option I must consider along with year 1 entry for the same degree at kings college London. This has become a very difficult decision for me.
Do universities have preferences for which university a candidate completed his undergraduate degree in when they apply for graduate entry dentistry?

Im mainly determined at building the strongest application I can at the moment as I know the competitive nature of this course, and if that means transferring to a more prestigious university, and working harder to get 1st then I would need to at my current university, then I am all for it, however if I am able to skip a year and a years worth of fees do achieve a 1st in the same degree, and have it be seen equal to that of a degree from kings college London, it would be silly to transfer.

Do you know at all whether universities have preferences for which university an undergrad was completed at when applying to graduate entry dentistry?

Once again congrats on getting into dental school and sorry for the long post... but making these decisions can be very stressful for me
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Hey,

First of all id like to thank you so much for taking your time to reply to me as your situation was so similar to mine! Of course I want to congratulate for getting into dental school, I hope you do very well in it and enjoy the course as well as your future career

After much consideration and knowing the risk that I may end up working as a scientist (which I already know I will hate), I have decided to carry on with biomedical science with the hopes of entering graduate entry dentistry similar to what you have done.

Thankfully, I have been given the opportunity by my current university to transfer straight into year 2 biomedicine at the end of this foundation year, which means that this is now an option I must consider along with year 1 entry for the same degree at kings college London. This has become a very difficult decision for me.
Do universities have preferences for which university a candidate completed his undergraduate degree in when they apply for graduate entry dentistry?

Im mainly determined at building the strongest application I can at the moment as I know the competitive nature of this course, and if that means transferring to a more prestigious university, and working harder to get 1st then I would need to at my current university, then I am all for it, however if I am able to skip a year and a years worth of fees do achieve a 1st in the same degree, and have it be seen equal to that of a degree from kings college London, it would be silly to transfer.

Do you know at all whether universities have preferences for which university an undergrad was completed at when applying to graduate entry dentistry?

Once again congrats on getting into dental school and sorry for the long post... but making these decisions can be very stressful for me
It’s no bother, glad I could help out! 😅

I don’t feel like the Universities do have a preference... I graduated from Abertay in Dundee (the underdog of Dundee Uni) and still managed to get accepted. I think they’re more focused on how strong the candidate is!

I mean, some of the people from the best universities. Could have the grades, but still be lacking in people skills!
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Hey,

I didn't do very well in my Highers (I think they're the same as A-levels) back in the day and ended up doing biomedical sciences to keep my options open... you'll need a 2:1 or a first to be considered in graduate dentistry.

There's definatley a chance you'll get accepted.... because I did! I worked as a scientist for a few years after graduating and haaaaaated it, so eventually I applied for 2017 entry and I'm now currently in Aberdeen studying away to be a dentist. If it's what you want to do, go for it!

They look at a lot of extra-curricular things, not just grades. They look for people skills and manual dexterity as well as being able to cope under stress and pressure. So my advice is to work your ass off to get your final result, and fit in as much volunteering, society work and hobbies as possible to show these skills.

You can practice the UKCAT again and again as well before you take the actual test to get used to the format, questions and timings.

Yeah it's competitive, but you won't get in if you don't apply...
HEY thats amazing! could you tell us what sort of quals u had? a levels or gcse’s and ukcat
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