This degree will involve an assessment of your ability to work with people, as you are preparing for a caring role which demands key values, people skills and skills such as decision-making. Academic requirements are challenging.
Understanding and reflecting on the role of a health care professional is vital. You will show this through your personal statement and interviews, and you will need good insights- especially those gained via work experience. This experience needs to be gained before the final year of college, so you can write about it in your UCAS Personal Statement.
Each university will have it's own perspective and policies. You should research extensively on the university's website who you are applying to, to find out their own tailored advice for applying.
There are 16 dental schools in the UK, of which two are graduate entry.
Check additional Admissions Test requirements
Dental Schools Council Dental Schools application guidance
University of Plymouth Applying to Dental School Guide
University of Manchester Dentistry Interview preparation advice
Applying for Dentistry starting points
Additional help at college
Staff can support you with working towards making a strong application, but ultimately you are responsible for your own application. Here are some of the ways in which the college can help:
Keep in regular contact with your Personal Tutor, especially regarding the UCAS reference they will need to add to your application. Your tutor can also talk with you throughout the year about your progress at college, to help keep you on track towards your academic and personal development targets.
Contact the Careers & Employability Service to find out what activities and events you can get involved with that support students with your interests and higher education goals. You can also get application support from a Careers Adviser in this team who will give you feedback on your Personal Statement, and run through mock university interviews with you. If you want to talk about whether this pathway is right for you, you can also book a Careers Guidance appointment, see our contact details below.
Join a student club relating to your career or university interests, contact Careers@westking.ac.uk. These clubs can expand your network of support and access to additional opportunities.
If you would like to discuss Dentistry, speak with your personal tutor or an adviser from the Careers and Employability team.