Stuck on A levels for dentistry/ optometry or dental hygienist

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So my original plan was to do biology chemistry and sociology to progress onto either dentistry or optometry at university . However I am worrying whether I could manage doing biology and chemistry and possibly get A/A* . I have looked at the content and to be honest I felt that it was a big jump for gcse and due to Covid we didn’t actually finish of the whole content at GCSE. I did combined science as well so maybe that is why I am finding the content quite hard . I’m willing to put effort in however I wouldn’t want to waste one year if I was to do quite bad in AS .
I’m not sure whether to stick to my original plan for dentistry or optometry or only do biology and other 2 a levels for dental hygiene and therapy .
Should I try and do chemistry and bio for like the first 2 weeks of sixthform and see how I find it and then maybe change my options ?
How is the career prospect in dental hygiene and therapy ?
What do you think I should do ? Any advice would be very helpful .
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So my original plan was to do biology chemistry and sociology to progress onto either dentistry or optometry at university . However I am worrying whether I could manage doing biology and chemistry and possibly get A/A* . I have looked at the content and to be honest I felt that it was a big jump for gcse and due to Covid we didn’t actually finish of the whole content at GCSE. I did combined science as well so maybe that is why I am finding the content quite hard . I’m willing to put effort in however I wouldn’t want to waste one year if I was to do quite bad in AS .
I’m not sure whether to stick to my original plan for dentistry or optometry or only do biology and other 2 a levels for dental hygiene and therapy .
Should I try and do chemistry and bio for like the first 2 weeks of sixthform and see how I find it and then maybe change my options ?
How is the career prospect in dental hygiene and therapy ?
What do you think I should do ? Any advice would be very helpful .
( please move this thread if I have placed it in the wrong one )
I can't answer all the questions but I think trying out the a-levels is a good idea. Yeah it is a big jump but just remember that it will be a big jump for everyone so you won't be alone. Also, plenty of people take a-level chem and bio even if they took combined so no need to see that as a set back (:
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Mesopotamian. can probably answer authoritatively for dentistry but I think most dental schools require both chemistry and biology? Optometry, having just quickly looked through a few courses, seems to normally require two science subjects from bio/chem/physics/maths, but doesn't seem to usually specify which two.

I think if you want to go into optometry or dentistry you need to plan to take two science A-levels of some kind at least. If that isn't something you can cope with you should probably look for other degree options (and bear in mind those requirements are probably not arbitrary but indicative of the course itself, so it may be that if you would struggle with 2 sciences at A-level you would struggled to complete an optometry or dentistry degree).
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Biology is more important for DHT than Chemistry - look at the entry requirements :
Bristol DHT - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/unde...e-and-therapy/
Leeds DHT - https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/i125/den...al-therapy-bsc

For Optometry, two sciences are usually required :
Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/unde.../optometry-bsc
City - https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-s...uate/optometry
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Biology is more important for DHT than Chemistry - look at the entry requirements :
Bristol DHT - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/unde...e-and-therapy/
Leeds DHT - https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/i125/den...al-therapy-bsc

For Optometry, two sciences are usually required :
Cardiff - https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/unde.../optometry-bsc
City - https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-s...uate/optometry
I’m confused whether to just do biology and do DHT in university as it will be much easier for me Or do bio and chemistry for optometry but I’m not sure if I will be able to get the right grades . If I didn’t get the grades required I would basically lose 2 years of study and be held back
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I’m confused whether to just do biology and do DHT in university as it will be much easier for me Or do bio and chemistry for optometry but I’m not sure if I will be able to get the right grades . If I didn’t get the grades required I would basically lose 2 years of study and be held back
DHT is a new NHS role/career - works far more as a clinician than a dental nurse, and does many procedures such as fillings etc, not just 'scaling teeth' - see https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-prof...ntal-therapist

I think you need to go to some Uni Open Days and listen to the subject presentations (or find them on YouTube etc) and work out which career you actually want to do. Take the subjects you most enjoy - if you struggle with a subject at A level then doing a degree where X is a required subject isn't going to be much fun.
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