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Applying to dentistry as a resit student, or doing Biomed

I am currently on a gap year and i am tied between 2 decisions. After doing my A levels, I got a BBC in bio, chem and maths. This means that I will have to resit all 3 of my a levels this year, as well as doing the UCAT. I thought the only new challenges I would have to face were resitting the 3 a levels, which I was more than willing to work for, however, it turns out I can only really apply to Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol, all of which require an incredibly high UCAT score, which I have my doubts about obtaining. In addition, I have 25 days to submit my application before the deadline, my old school are not willing to give me a reference or predicted grades, meaning that I have to apply to external colleges or find a private tutor online who would do this for me, and it is really stressing me out and I don't know if its even likely for me to get into dental school this way.

Alternatively, I can do a biomed course through clearing, which after completing, I can apply to postgrad dentistry given that I get at least a 2:1.

Is this a better path for me to take? Please help
how do you know leeds require high ucat? it the first time they’re using ucat i’m applying a grad for the third time and it is soo much harder as a graduate plus if you’re going to use sfe after your first degree for another undergraduate it’s a lot harder! i would resit i wish i did that sometimes instead of doing my bsc!
i just reread what you said okay so it would be a bit tight finding a private tutor and that’s rlly bad they’re not giving you a reference?! if you wanna do bds it’s defo best to do it as an undergrad degree hopefully you’re able to sort something soon. if not reapply next year or if you do want to take on a bsc do it in dental therapy as that’s the most similar role
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Original post by applesandalevels
how do you know leeds require high ucat? it the first time they’re using ucat i’m applying a grad for the third time and it is soo much harder as a graduate plus if you’re going to use sfe after your first degree for another undergraduate it’s a lot harder! i would resit i wish i did that sometimes instead of doing my bsc!


What undergrad did you do and did you manage to get a 2:1? I don't know if Leeds need a high ucat but I'm just worried about the chances it will be high. And ik it will be hard but honestly, I'm willing to do whatever I need to in order to boost my resume when I apply. It's just right now im in such stressful position and I have no clue where I will get my predicted grades or reference from. The clearing course is available for me and im just stressed that it will go and I will have to wait years for it.
Mine was a dental course and i got a 1st, which ones are available in clearing? you make a good point about adding to it!

i think these are avaliable in clearing!
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/clinical-dental-technology-bsc
https://www.port.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate/bsc-hons-dental-hygiene-and-dental-therapy
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-dental-therapy-hygiene
https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/study/course-finder/dental-therapy-2022-23

it's an option but grad entry bds is harder to get into but if it gives you the best option then go for it!

don't do boimed, loads of people do it! it's best to do a dental related course so you have dental experience which unis are starting to prefer moe over other healthcare roles/normal science degress

i dont think leeds has a high cut off they're normally quite holistic but they will look at grades and references !
(edited 8 months ago)
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another thing that is probably my best option is that I could do biomed for Plymouth and during my first year, I can resit my alevels. If I obtain the grades AAB during my 1st year doing biomed, I will have the option to transfer straight to Dentistry after doing 1 year of biomed after an interview. This is also quite tough but I swear I will do everyhitng to prepare for that because everything is in my hands. right now I feel very underprepped for the ucat and I don't know if I will even be given predicted grades.
How hard will it be to juggle a levels with the first year of univeristy?
Original post by applesandalevels
Mine was a dental course and i got a 1st, which ones are available in clearing? you make a good point about adding to it!

i think these are avaliable in clearing!
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/clinical-dental-technology-bsc
https://www.port.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate/bsc-hons-dental-hygiene-and-dental-therapy
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-dental-therapy-hygiene
https://www.lsbu.ac.uk/study/course-finder/dental-therapy-2022-23

it's an option but grad entry bds is harder to get into but if it gives you the best option then go for it!

don't do boimed, loads of people do it! it's best to do a dental related course so you have dental experience which unis are starting to prefer moe over other healthcare roles/normal science degress

i dont think leeds has a high cut off they're normally quite holistic but they will look at grades and references !
Original post by ss190000
another thing that is probably my best option is that I could do biomed for Plymouth and during my first year, I can resit my alevels. If I obtain the grades AAB during my 1st year doing biomed, I will have the option to transfer straight to Dentistry after doing 1 year of biomed after an interview. This is also quite tough but I swear I will do everyhitng to prepare for that because everything is in my hands. right now I feel very underprepped for the ucat and I don't know if I will even be given predicted grades.
How hard will it be to juggle a levels with the first year of univeristy?

i wouldn't do biomed a lot of med and dent reapplicants do it but the choice is yours! you will be very stressed doing first year od uni and resitting a levels it better to do one or the other!

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