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What a levels do you need to study dentistry at university?

Applying to study dentistry at university is an incredibly competitive degree subject. There are fewer dental schools than medical schools; for example, neither the University of Oxford nor the University of Cambridge have undergraduate dental programmes.

This makes admissions competitive. Therefore, it is important you pick the appropriate A levels to maximise your chances of entry into dentistry.

Luckily, we researched what top universities desire in their prospective candidates. In this article, we discuss the best A levels to take in order to study dentistry.

first steps to applying to dentistry at university

The best first step is to check the degree requirements of the universities you are interested in.

For example, most universities have comprehensive subject pages on their websites where they state the required A level subjects.

They also state the other factors they look for in candidates.  Below are what some universities stipulate their entry requirements are.

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kings college london dentistry entry requirements

King’s College London accepts applicants to study dentistry at the undergraduate level. To apply they require:

  • At least a grade A in A level Biology or A level Chemistry.
  • At least a grade of A in one of the following A level subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology.
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university of sheffield dentistry requirements

The University of Sheffield accepts applicants to study dentistry at the undergraduate level. To apply they require:

  • Predicted marks of AAB
  • Students must receive a grade A in A level Biology and A level Chemistry
  • Students must receive at least a grade B in Dentistry or health related EPQ.

postgraduate dentistry at universities

Some universities do not offer undergraduate dentistry study, but they do offer postgraduate dentistry. For example, King’s College London offers a graduate dentistry programme.

Their requirements are a minimum 2:1 in your undergraduate degree in a Biosciences subject.

This means at A level, science subjects such as A level Chemistry and A level Biology would be expected.

What a levels should you take to study dentistry?

Given the examples of entry requirements from top U.K. universities, taking A level Chemistry and A level Biology is essential for applying to dentistry degrees.

For your third A level, deciding between A level MathematicsA level Further Mathematics, and A level Physics and A level Psychology is advised.

Achieving your dreams with greene’s college oxford

At Greene’s we offer the A level subjects necessary to allow you to apply to dentistry at university.

From A level Chemistry to A level Psychology, we are happy to support individualised education that sets you up for success in your applications.

Through our Tutorial Method of Learning, every student receives individual attention from an experienced tutor With individual attention, tutors can identify any areas of difficulty or misunderstanding and give students the extra guidance they need. Not only this, but the tutorial method is very adaptable to best suit your needs and interests.

The tutor can adjust their teaching style to the student’s needs. They can adapt study plans to ensure the student is receiving the most comprehensive support. This allows the student to learn at their own pace and get the most out of their studies.

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