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can i get into dentistry? ☹️

stats: gcses
business 5
geography 5
sociology 8
double science 6-5
maths 5
english lang and lit 5

a levels i’m really struggling (i do bio chem and sociology)
Sociology B
Chem D
Biology C

I applied for dental hygiene and therapy and only heard back from essex who offered me a CertHe health and social care course then I could move onto dental hygiene after

Should I go ahead with Essex
? I have no hope for a levels at all :frown:
Dentistry BDS dental surgery requires you generally to have 7-9 in Maths and Science subjects and a minimum of a 5 / 6 in English language. It is also AAA including two from Biology Chemistry Physics and Maths (some dental schools you must have biology, others you must have chemistry). From the grades and subjects you have neither GCSE nor A-level you would have the grades for Dental Surgery. Regarding Dental hygiene or dental hygiene and therapy, with those subjects (not the D in chemistry but C biology and B sociology) you should be able to meet the requirements if you apply strategically. The diploma hygiene course at Cardiff Uni, Bangor uni and Portsmouth uni are accessible with the grades you have. If you are wanting to do a degree in dental therapy as well as hygiene the entry requirements are A-levels where one must be biology at grades AAA-BBB depending on the university. Plymouth uni offer a foundation year to progress to dental therapy and hygiene, which you could look into if you don’t meet entry requirements off the bat. I would definitely get some experience in a dental practice or even complete a level 3 dental nursing qualification/apprenticeship before you apply to dental hygiene or dental therapy. I would recommend volunteering (can be anything not just dental) and making sure you are aware of the attributes that are needed to be a dental professional (GDC scope, NHS core values). Best of luck! Applications are nerve wracking and dental school is not easy to get into, but there is always a way if it is the career for you!
Sorry dental therapy is AAB-BBB at unis. It’s just AAA for dental surgery.
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Original post by Emilyireneb__
Dentistry BDS dental surgery requires you generally to have 7-9 in Maths and Science subjects and a minimum of a 5 / 6 in English language. It is also AAA including two from Biology Chemistry Physics and Maths (some dental schools you must have biology, others you must have chemistry). From the grades and subjects you have neither GCSE nor A-level you would have the grades for Dental Surgery. Regarding Dental hygiene or dental hygiene and therapy, with those subjects (not the D in chemistry but C biology and B sociology) you should be able to meet the requirements if you apply strategically. The diploma hygiene course at Cardiff Uni, Bangor uni and Portsmouth uni are accessible with the grades you have. If you are wanting to do a degree in dental therapy as well as hygiene the entry requirements are A-levels where one must be biology at grades AAA-BBB depending on the university. Plymouth uni offer a foundation year to progress to dental therapy and hygiene, which you could look into if you don’t meet entry requirements off the bat. I would definitely get some experience in a dental practice or even complete a level 3 dental nursing qualification/apprenticeship before you apply to dental hygiene or dental therapy. I would recommend volunteering (can be anything not just dental) and making sure you are aware of the attributes that are needed to be a dental professional (GDC scope, NHS core values). Best of luck! Applications are nerve wracking and dental school is not easy to get into, but there is always a way if it is the career for you!

Hey, sorry to be a bother but how do i search for the diploma hygiene course at cardiff / bangor / portsmouth? I currently only have 1 offer (4/5 rejections) from bolton for dental technology - B840, was thinking of rejecting it and having a look at ucas extra but i’m not sure what courses are available so i don’t want to get rid of my only offer when i don’t know if i’ll find another course. is there any way i can check if those courses (diploma hygiene) are available on ucas extra? any link would be much appreciated! thanks!

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