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BSC Oral Health Science students
BSc Oral Health Science
This course provides a stepping stone to a career as a dental therapist or dental hygienist.

BSc Oral Health Science / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2018

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Please refer to the application process page for further guidance on:

  • how to apply
  • how your application is considered
  • personal statement guidance
  • interview requirements
  • aptitude test requirements.

How your application is considered

See the application process page for information on how we consider your application.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

When we read a UCAS form, we want to develop some insight into what has attracted you to career in oral health sciences, and what has confirmed this choice.

See the application process page for more information on what you should address in your personal statement.

Interview requirements

No offer is made without a successful interview. We run a multiple mini interview format at Manchester and interviews will be held in February of the current admissions cycle.

See the application process page for more information.

Returning to education

We expect you to have been in education within the last 4 years.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We have one place for international students on this course.

Before you apply, you must ensure that this qualification is recognised in your home country.

Aptitude test requirement

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT): All applicants for the BSc course will be required to sit the UKCAT.

See: Application process for more information.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health screening

In Manchester, you will be introduced to the clinic in the first term, which means that you will have to produce satisfactory evidence on non-infectivity with respect to the blood-borne viruses HIV, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.

In addition, you must pass a health screening in Student Occupational Health prior to entry to ensure you are fit to practice.

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 84KB) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

All potential students have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.

Applicants must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands on their UCAS application. Some criminal convictions may preclude candidates from working as a dentist therapist/hygienist.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have taken three A-levels, you are expected to have obtained a minimum of grades BBC in each subject at the first sitting. Re-sitting candidates are expected to achieve grades AAB in the A-level subjects specified above.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again once only. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.


Transfers from other courses are not possible.

You cannot transfer to the Dentistry BDS course from the BSc Oral Health Science course.

Portfolio requirements

You are required to have observed a dental hygienist and a dental therapist (or general dental practitioner) at work before applying. A minimum period of 2 weeks is expected.