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Dentistry with low gcse grades???

hi im a year 12 student and my gcses were five 6s(bio, physics, english lit, and maths), two 7s (english lang and chemistry), one 5, one 8 and i took them at a state school and right now at Alevel im at a BBB hoping to get As in my mocks soon and im just really worried about my gcse grades i dont know if ill be able to get into dentistry. I was wondering if anyone knew any alternatives if i can't get in to dentistry or unis with low gcse requirements because as far as ive seen they all requires 7s and above

Thanks for reading and would appreciate any advice.
Original post by 9abbyyyyy
hi im a year 12 student and my gcses were five 6s(bio, physics, english lit, and maths), two 7s (english lang and chemistry), one 5, one 8 and i took them at a state school and right now at Alevel im at a BBB hoping to get As in my mocks soon and im just really worried about my gcse grades i dont know if ill be able to get into dentistry. I was wondering if anyone knew any alternatives if i can't get in to dentistry or unis with low gcse requirements because as far as ive seen they all requires 7s and above
Thanks for reading and would appreciate any advice.

I looked at
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/med/dental-surgery#EntryRequirementsTab no
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2025/dentistry/bds-dentistry/ No, need 7 in maths
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/dental-surgery-bds No
https://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/dentistry-bds-a200/#entry ? They assign points to GCSE’s to help filter candidates
https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/dental/undergraduate/academicentryrequirements/#gcse%2Falevels No

Yes Leeds!!
https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/g033/dental-surgery-mchd-bchd-oral-science-bsc-mchd-bchd-bsc#entry
GCSE: A minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade 6/B or higher including Chemistry, Biology (or Dual Science), English and Maths.

I will continue this.
Yes KCL
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/dentistry-bds
‘Applications are ranked based on GCSE/IGCSE performance, UCAT score and contextual information.
You would need to score highly on the UCAT to compensate for the GCSE’s.

Yes QMUL!
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2024/dentistry/#entry-requirements
‘Six GCSEs at grades 777666 (AAABBB pre 2017) including Biology, Chemistry, English Language or English Literature and Mathematics.

Yes Newcastle
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/a206/
‘GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) required at grade 4/C or above.’

Yes Plymouth
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bds-dental-surgery/entry-requirements
‘Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes (grade C/grade 4 or higher) which must include the following subjects:
English Language
Mathematics
Two Science subjects - either GCSE Double Award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or Physics’

You can only apply to 4 dental schools. Excluding KCL, we have 4. I will check if they use it to help rank applicants or not, with the UCAT. Although the only thing you can do now is to get a great score on the UCAT, as the UCAT has a far more important weighting.
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Reply 2
I am a y12 student with applying for dentistry
Currently doing bio chem and pysch with core maths (as)
My gcse are quite low
8-rs
8-citizenship
7-6- science
6-math
6-eng pang
5-arabic
5-cs
5-eng lit
5-geograp
5- dt
Reply 3
Original post by BankaiGintoki
I looked at
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/med/dental-surgery#EntryRequirementsTab no
https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/2025/dentistry/bds-dentistry/ No, need 7 in maths
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/dental-surgery-bds No
https://www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/dentistry-bds-a200/#entry ? They assign points to GCSE’s to help filter candidates
https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/medicine/dental/undergraduate/academicentryrequirements/#gcse%2Falevels No
Yes Leeds!!
https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/g033/dental-surgery-mchd-bchd-oral-science-bsc-mchd-bchd-bsc#entry
GCSE: A minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade 6/B or higher including Chemistry, Biology (or Dual Science), English and Maths.
I will continue this.
Yes KCL
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/dentistry-bds
‘Applications are ranked based on GCSE/IGCSE performance, UCAT score and contextual information.
You would need to score highly on the UCAT to compensate for the GCSE’s.
Yes QMUL!
https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/coursefinder/courses/2024/dentistry/#entry-requirements
‘Six GCSEs at grades 777666 (AAABBB pre 2017) including Biology, Chemistry, English Language or English Literature and Mathematics.
Yes Newcastle
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/a206/
‘GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent) required at grade 4/C or above.’
Yes Plymouth
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bds-dental-surgery/entry-requirements
‘Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes (grade C/grade 4 or higher) which must include the following subjects:
English Language
Mathematics
Two Science subjects - either GCSE Double Award Science or two from single award Chemistry, Biology, or Physics’
You can only apply to 4 dental schools. Excluding KCL, we have 4. I will check if they use it to help rank applicants or not, with the UCAT. Although the only thing you can do now is to get a great score on the UCAT, as the UCAT has a far more important weighting.

omg thank youu so much! ive been really stressing out about my gcses as well as my mocks coming up soon

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