Dental Surgery BDS

Key information

  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A200
  • Year of entry: 2022

Entry Requirements


Please note that all applicants are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the year of application.

Prior to applying for a place on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS course, applicants should read the A200 BDS Course Admissions Document 2022 (PDF).


Do you accept A level resit applications for dentistry?

No, examinations should be taken in one sitting after two years of study, unless significant corroborated extenuating circumstances are submitted.

Will it affect my application if I retake some of my A level modules but still complete my A levels in 2 years?

Module resits taken within the normal 2 year A level period e.g. an AS module retaken in the A2 year would be acceptable.

I do not have the GCSEs or A levels listed on the website will I still be considered for undergraduate study?

No, applications are only considered if all academic criteria is met.

Do you have a UCAT cut off score?

No we do not have a set UCAT score cut off point at Liverpool School of Dentistry. The UCAT scores will be considered along with the personal statement and academic attainments.

If I accept an offer to another degree ie; biomedical, pharmacy can I transfer onto the Dental Course?

No we do not accept transfers onto the BDS.

I have not achieved good grades in my AS exams does this matter?

We do not consider AS levels when looking at applications.

Will it affect my application if I resit AS exams because my grades are not good?

If you do the resits while studying for your A levels then this will not affect your application.

A level requirements3 A levels at grades AAA (including Chemistry and Biology) taken at first sitting, after two years of study. We do not accept A level resits or consider applicants who have retaken either Year 12 or Year 13.

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required. (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.

General Studies is not considered for this course.

Subject requirementsA level Chemistry and Biology are required. The 3rd subject may be from the Arts or Sciences. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Vocational/Applied A levels are not accepted. Requirements in respect of GCSEs must also be met (see Admissions document).

For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaNot accepted
International Baccalaureate36 Points with 6 in Higher level Chemistry and Biology
Irish Leaving CertificateH1, H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H1 in Chemistry and Biology
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAAAAA at Higher level and AAA at Advanced Higher level including Chemistry and Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedNot accepted
AccessApplicants offering Access to Higher Education Diplomas should present from courses with significant Biology and Chemistry content at level 3. Candidates are expected to achieve distinction in 45 credits at level 3. For the full Access course requirements please see the Admissions document.
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Work Experience Requirements

Evidence required

Additional Requirements


Duty Of Care Requirements

The University has an obligation to undertake health screening of all prospective dental therapy students. Any offer of a place is conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the University's Occupational Health Service. This includes some obligatory immunisations and blood tests, in line with recommendations from the Department of Health. All students also need to undergo an enhanced DBS check before admittance to the programme.

Mature Students
Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. At Liverpool, we are committed to extending opportunities to all adults with the desire and ability to succeed at university.

View our Mature Students and Access courses pages for more information.

Alternative entry requirements