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Hi im interested in dentistry but i want to know if applying for a preliminary dentistry course gives me a higher chance to get into a dentistry uni? I also want to know if its okay to ask a uni how likely i am to be accepted?
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HI, i want to ask when applying for medicine and dentistry university's i know you only have 4 choices and one backup option. i want to ask if its okay if i pick 3 dentistry courses and one radiography course as my 4th choice? This is because I'm interested in dentistry and radiology. i also understand that i have a 5th backup choice and I'm thinking to put radiography too, in case i don't get into the dentistry courses. will making my 4th choice radiography lower my chances of getting into a dentistry course? Thank you.
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Getting into dentistry is really competitive so it’s best to use all your 4 choices for dentistry to maximise your chances and use your 5th for radiography. Have you got in contact with your 5th choice radiography uni to see if they’ll accept an alternative ps?
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If you're aiming for Dentistry and your grades reflect that, radiography will not be difficult for you to get into.
So it's best if you do use all 4 options for Dentistry and 5th for radiography (Radiography is one of those courses eligible for yearly NHS training grants too, so less pressure on fees lucky)
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Getting into dentistry is really competitive so it’s best to use all your 4 choices for dentistry to maximise your chances and use your 5th for radiography. Have you got in contact with your 5th choice radiography uni to see if they’ll accept an alternative ps?
Oh really okay i was actually trying to apply to the dentistry uni's which are doing gateway courses or maybe preliminary years because i feel it would be easier to get into but i cant seem to find a 4th option that's close to me and offers a course like that. As for the 5th choice radiography i didn't actually know that I was supposed to ask if they accept an alternate ps... i thought if i get rejected from the dentistry uni's i just needed to give the radiography uni's a call in clearance?:confused:
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If you're aiming for Dentistry and your grades reflect that, radiography will not be difficult for you to get into.
So it's best if you do use all 4 options for Dentistry and 5th for radiography (Radiography is one of those courses eligible for yearly NHS training grants too, so less pressure on fees lucky)
yea that's true i was thinking to do that, do my 4 options for dentistry and my 5th as radiography since i also like radiology. the problem is my teachers are telling me to go for dentistry and my personal statement is also about dentistry, they think that radiography is too different from dentistry and i should put something similar like dental therapy except I'm not interested in that . I really want to go for it but i don't want to be rejected and waste time That's why i thought of trying to apply 3 dentistry and 1 radiography. but if its best to just apply all 4 as dentistry and the 5th backup as radiography ill go with that. Thanks for the reply!
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yea that's true i was thinking to do that, do my 4 options for dentistry and my 5th as radiography since i also like radiology. the problem is my teachers are telling me to go for dentistry and my personal statement is also about dentistry, they think that radiography is too different from dentistry and i should put something similar like dental therapy except I'm not interested in that . I really want to go for it but i don't want to be rejected and waste time That's why i thought of trying to apply 3 dentistry and 1 radiography. but if its best to just apply all 4 as dentistry and the 5th backup as radiography ill go with that. Thanks for the reply!
Your teachers should have given you the same advice the previous comment gave.
Contact the university that you want to potentially study radiography and ask if they would prefer a separate Personal statement.
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Your teachers should have given you the same advice the previous comment gave.
Contact the university that you want to potentially study radiography and ask if they would prefer a separate Personal statement.
Yea tbh i had to figure everything out myself, I'm like one of the only ones wanting to do dentistry in my college somehow. people who wanted to do it changed their mind, i think its me and maybe one other person wanting to do it. My teachers don't seem to bothered at all even when me and friend try to ask questions. My college didn't even help out with work experience but i managed to find a virtual dentistry work experience and i hope that's okay i hope things are better after September But thank you so much for the help i will definitely email the university's to ask about radiography and the separate personal statement
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Can i apply for 2 courses at the same uni? like a preliminary dentistry course plus a normal dentistry course? will they both count as different options when i apply? Thank you.
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Can i apply for 2 courses at the same uni? like a preliminary dentistry course plus a normal dentistry course? will they both count as different options when i apply? Thank you.
I'm pretty sure you're able apply to two different dental courses at the same university. However, it'll count as two choices out of the four choices you get to pick from for dentistry on your UCAS application (leaving you with two other unis at most).

Edit: Also, if you have the grades for regular undergraduate dental course then apply to those whever you can, preliminary/foundation choice medicine and dentistry are more competitive to get into due to less spaces so you should only apply to that if you meet their WP criteria and you dont have grades for regular.
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I'm pretty sure you're able apply to two different dental courses at the same university. However, it'll count as two choices out of the four choices you get to pick from for dentistry on your UCAS application (leaving you with two other unis at most).

Edit: Also, if you have the grades for regular undergraduate dental course then apply to those whever you can, preliminary/foundation choice medicine and dentistry are more competitive to get into due to less spaces so you should only apply to that if you meet their WP criteria and you dont have grades for regular.
thanks for the help oh then maybe i will apply to normal dental courses i thought they will be more competitive then the preliminary/foundation ones but i guess i need to look into it more. thanks a lot!
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thanks for the help oh then maybe i will apply to normal dental courses i thought they will be more competitive then the preliminary/foundation ones but i guess i need to look into it more. thanks a lot!
I get where you are coming from as that's what I had thought about at the start of when I was applying, always try going for the normal dental courses if you have the stats as they will be easiest if you apply by your strengths and goodluck on your application!
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I get where you are coming from as that's what I had thought about at the start of when I was applying, always try going for the normal dental courses if you have the stats as they will be easiest if you apply by your strengths and goodluck on your application!
Thanks a lot for the help btw can i ask what course you are doing? An what year of uni you are in? Thanks
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Thanks a lot for the help btw can i ask what course you are doing? An what year of uni you are in? Thanks
No worries, I'm doing medicine and I'll be starting this September
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I'm pretty sure you're able apply to two different dental courses at the same university. However, it'll count as two choices out of the four choices you get to pick from for dentistry on your UCAS application (leaving you with two other unis at most).

Edit: Also, if you have the grades for regular undergraduate dental course then apply to those whever you can, preliminary/foundation choice medicine and dentistry are more competitive to get into due to less spaces so you should only apply to that if you meet their WP criteria and you dont have grades for regular.
I can confirm this is correct. You may apply to the gateway dental course as well as the regular undergraduate dentistry course.

OP please note that foundation courses are for students who don’t have the correct subjects, it’s not for people with low predicted grades/ contextual offers. That would be gateway courses you’re referring to.
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I can confirm this is correct. You may apply to the gateway dental course as well as the regular undergraduate dentistry course.

OP please note that foundation courses are for students who don’t have the correct subjects, it’s not for people with low predicted grades/ contextual offers. That would be gateway courses you’re referring to.
Thank you so much
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No worries, I'm doing medicine and I'll be starting this September
Oh medicine that's so cool :cool: i hope everything goes well for you in September
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Oh medicine that's so cool :cool: i hope everything goes well for you in September
Thanks, I hope the same for you too.
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Oh really okay i was actually trying to apply to the dentistry uni's which are doing gateway courses or maybe preliminary years because i feel it would be easier to get into but i cant seem to find a 4th option that's close to me and offers a course like that. As for the 5th choice radiography i didn't actually know that I was supposed to ask if they accept an alternate ps... i thought if i get rejected from the dentistry uni's i just needed to give the radiography uni's a call in clearance?:confused:
What are your predicted grades and GCSEs like? The foundation year courses for dentistry tend to be a lot more competitive than the 5 year standard course itself
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What are your predicted grades and GCSEs like? The foundation year courses for dentistry tend to be a lot more competitive than the 5 year standard course itself
OP has been given advice about this already. Foundation courses are for those with incorrect subjects, it’s not for people with lower grades.
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