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hey guys,

I am in year 12 studying biology, chemistry and geography. I am trying to do dentistry, through widening participation programmes. however, Im thinking to choose dental hygiene and therapy or biomedical sciences. I want to really do dentistry, but am afraid that my GCSEs grades are going to let me down. can anyone please provide me info about transfer from biomedical science to dentistry or anything else, which may be helpful?
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The best thing you can do before deciding what route to take is to call the universities you'd like to apply to and ask if there is an option to transfer. Every university has different criteria so call as many as possible and they can give you more information.

One of my friends was just accepted at UCLAN straight to year 2 as she already had a biomedical science degree from Bristol. They also have the same info on their website. I don't know if this information helps but If you really want to become a dentist and your only option is to do a biomedical degree first then you should go for it. UCLAN also have a foundation for biomedical science if you can't go straight for the degree.

Getting into hygiene and therapy is a lot easier than dentistry, it is very competitive but if you have a few of the main entry requirements then you're already a step ahead.

You should write down the entry requirements (for dentistry and hygiene and therapy) from your chosen universities and make a list with how many of those requirements you could meet and also what can you do to meet a few of the requirements. This will give you an idea about what universities could consider your application and also how many years will it take you to complete either dentistry or hygiene and therapy.

Have you done any work experience so far? This will help with your application as universities like to know if you already have an insight on what is like to work in the dental world.
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(Original post by BlaahBlaah)
The best thing you can do before deciding what route to take is to call the universities you'd like to apply to and ask if there is an option to transfer. Every university has different criteria so call as many as possible and they can give you more information.

One of my friends was just accepted at UCLAN straight to year 2 as she already had a biomedical science degree from Bristol. They also have the same info on their website. I don't know if this information helps but If you really want to become a dentist and your only option is to do a biomedical degree first then you should go for it. UCLAN also have a foundation for biomedical science if you can't go straight for the degree.

Getting into hygiene and therapy is a lot easier than dentistry, it is very competitive but if you have a few of the main entry requirements then you're already a step ahead.

You should write down the entry requirements (for dentistry and hygiene and therapy) from your chosen universities and make a list with how many of those requirements you could meet and also what can you do to meet a few of the requirements. This will give you an idea about what universities could consider your application and also how many years will it take you to complete either dentistry or hygiene and therapy.

Have you done any work experience so far? This will help with your application as universities like to know if you already have an insight on what is like to work in the dental world.
hi, I've done 1 week work experience in a pharmacy, 1 day in a dental practice, 3 weeks of dental work experience coming up and 2 weeks of hospital work experience coming up. I have done the work experience in other fields such as doctor and pharmacy, in order to make sure that I can answer the 'why do you want to dentistry and what steps I have taken to make sure that dentistry is the career for me?' Im thinking of applying to Newcastle, Leeds and Plymouth for dentistry, Newcastle through the partners programme and Leeds through access to Leeds. my backup might be biomedical science or something else
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Hey, i think your best bet is to do biomed rather than DTH to then do grad entry dental surgery
DTH is a more competitive course than BDS and so if in your interview they pick up on you just wanting to do it to eventually get onto BDS you're pretty much guarenteed not to get a place. Whereas with biomed, its accepted that the majoity of people use it to then go on to dental surgery or medicine etc
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