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  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A200
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 36 / BTEC : Not accepted

Entry Requirements


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

Prior to applying for a place on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS course, applicants should read the Dental Surgery BDS (A200) admissions document (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 UKCAT cut off score?

No we do not have a set UKCAT score cut off point at Liverpool School of Dentistry. The UKCAT 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 offerAAA in 3 A levels (including Chemistry and Biology) taken at one sitting after 2 years of study
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 Certificate6 Higher level subjects with grades H1 achieved in all 6 subjects and to include Chemistry, Biology, English Language, Physics and Maths
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherAAAAA at Higher level and AAA at Advanced Higher level including Chemistry and Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedNot accepted
EU entry requirementsEU Qualifications
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.
International entry informationYour country
Work Experience Requirements

Evidence required

Applicants must complete the UKCAT by the appropriate closing date for year of entry.

Duty Of Care Requirements

The University has an obligation to undertake health screening of all prospective dental 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 and access courses

Studying for a degree later in life can be highly rewarding and our mature students are among some of our most successful. However, we appreciate that it is a big step for you to take, and that you’ll have lots of questions that you’ll want to discuss with us. We’re here to help, so please do get in touch.

Our Mature Students and Access courses pages contain lots of information and, importantly, a point of contact to talk things through with you.

General Studies

Most (see exceptions below) of our non-clinical programmes welcome General Studies as one of three A levels upon which we make an offer. However, applicants may offer only one of General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies among their three A levels.

General Studies is not considered for:

  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Dentistry
  • Life Sciences
  • Management School
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Veterinary Science