Entry requirements

Academic qualifications

  • 3 A-levels at grade ABB or above one of which must be biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as one of the three A levels. Pending A level qualifications will be considered. We may consider applicants that have achieved or are predicted to achieve less that ABB in A levels however preference will be given to those that obtain or are predicted ABB
  • A nationally recognised dental nursing certificate can be accepted instead of one A level however Biology A level must still be taken.
  • All applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English Language, Maths and Science. A science subject must be offered from the following list: Biology, Human Biology, Modular Biology, Dual Science Award, Human Physiology, Chemistry or Physics. Applicants should distinguish between full and short courses on their application form. Two short courses will be counted in lieu of one full course.
  • Applicants offering Access to Higher Education Diplomas should present from courses with a science or health-related subject content. Candidates are expected to pass 45 credits at level 3 or 60%.
  • The Access Course should be completed in two years.

Access Course candidates

  • Further information will be requested from the applicant at the time of application to ensure the Access Course being taken meets the required academic criteria. Not all Access Courses meet the required entry criteria.
  • We do not consider Access Courses to be appropriate for students who have failed to achieve the necessary A level grades in the last 5 years.
  • At least 5 GCSE subjects at grade C including Maths, English Language and a Science subject. Vocational/Applied GCSEs are not accepted.
  • Applicants offering Access to Higher Education Diplomas should present from courses with significant Biology and Chemistry content at Level 3.
  • Candidates are expected to achieve a distinction in 45 credits at level 3. We would expect the equivalent of a score of 80% to be achieved overall.

Candidates whose first language is not English

We require IELTS with no less than 7.0 in every component.

European and international qualifications

  • The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate equivalence of International and European qualifications and we would expect achieved or predicted grades to be equivalent to our standard entry requirements.
  • In addition to the information submitted as part of the UCAS application we would also expect applicants to send the following information to the Admissions Office via email ( a statement of comparability from NARIC ( and a transcript of the qualification(s) in English.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to supply this information by 15th January 2018. Failure to provide this information will result in rejection.

Extenuating circumstances

Potential applicants who narrowly fail to meet our academic criteria because their education and or examination performance was affected by significant extenuating circumstances may submit an application. They should send a full account of the extenuating circumstances and how their studies were affected, together with supporting evidence, directly to The case will be considered by the Dental School Extenuating Circumstances Committee. If the extenuating circumstances are accepted the application will be progressed to the next stage. All documentation will need to be submitted by the application deadline of 15th January 2018.


  • We do not make an offer without first interviewing an applicant.
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be held in spring 2018.
  • All qualifications detailed in the application form will need to be verified at interview. Applicants are required to bring the original copies of their academic qualification certificates to interview. Only original certificates will be considered sufficient for this purpose. Failure to do so will be considered in our selection processes. Please note, letters from schools and exam boards will NOT be accepted.

Decisions and feedback

All applicants will be notified of our decision via UCAS track. Requests for feedback should be made in writing to before the end of May 2018. We will not respond to feedback requests after this date. We will endeavour to respond to requests as soon as is practicably possible.