BDS Dentistry (pre-dental entry) / Entry requirements
Year of entry: 2020
Our standard A-level offer is AAA including:
- three arts/humanities subjects;
- two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject.
Combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths together, are not acceptable. Two AS-levels in place of one A2-level will not be accepted.Achieved A-level grades
If you have already achieved your A-level grades (and these meet the above requirements) but do not have the required GCSE grades you may still be considered.
To be considered you must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum grade C at GCSE or AS-level.
This is not an automatic right and you should contact the admissions team prior to application to determine your eligibility to apply.Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.
Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.
Duration of A-level study
We have no specific requirements at AS-level. However, we would normally expect students to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education. Most applicants will therefore be studying beyond the 'bare minimum' in order to make the most competitive application possible.
You may wish to evidence this on your application in a number of ways, for example:
- studying four A-level subjects;
- studying for an additional AS level or BTEC qualification in addition to your three main subjects;
- taking General Studies, Key Skills or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to your three main subjects.
We are aware that you may not be able to take the above qualifications at school or college and therefore we allow applicants to provide evidence of participating in other activities aimed at increasing social responsibility, for example, National Citizen Service (NCS) or the Duke of Edinburgh award in lieu of a formal qualification. A list of other suggested activities is provided on our FAQ page. If in doubt, please contact us.
Please note that if your school is unable to offer any of the above, they should state this in the UCAS reference and you will not be disadvantaged as a result.
Applicants with a WP/WP Plus flag are exempt.
Unit grade information
The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available. Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application. Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.
We require at least five GCSEs at grade A (7) or A* (8+).
English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum grade B. At least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade C if not taken to AS/A2-level. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB.
If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the circumstances that prompted this. We do not currently accept short courses; however, Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.
Due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England, we will accept a mixture of GCSE grading scales. We can confirm our position in terms of equivalencies:
- A* = 8
- A = 7
- B = 6
- C = 4
36 points are required overall (to include core points) with at least 666 at Higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above.
Higher level subjects should include either:
- three arts/humanities subjects
- two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject
Alternative entry requirements
Alternative entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
In most cases, we expect applicants to satisfy our English Language requirement by offering English language at GCSE grade B(6) or above (or a score of 5 in the International Baccalaureate diploma).
Applicants from outside the UK (including non-native speakers) need to meet specific English language requirements to study at Manchester. We accept:
- IGCSE English at grade B;
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): A minimum average score of 7.0 and with not less than 6.5 in any one component taken at the same sitting;
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: An overall score of 73 with no less than 73 in each of the communicative skills domains taken at the same sitting;
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): An overall score of 185 with no less than 185 in each of the scoring domains taken at the same sitting;
- a score of 5 at Standard or Higher level as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma.
You must declare your English qualification (including those which are pending) on the UCAS form.If you hold English as a second language qualification, we will also require you to offer one of the Secure English Language Tests listed above.
Please contact us prior to application if you are unsure how to satisfy these language requirements.
Graduates : Graduates who have completed a degree conducted entirely in English at a UK institution may be exempt from the English language requirements. Please contact us if you are unsure.
At interview, if we have any concerns about your English language capability regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.
English language test validity
Relevant work experience
We require applicants to undertake some relevant work experience prior to application in order that they can gain some insight into what the role of a dentist involves.
Work experience may be paid or voluntary and should include some time spent in a dental setting but can also include examples from other healthcare and related environments.
As important as the detail of the work experience is the applicant¿s capacity to reflect on what they have gained from their experiences and the quality of that reflection will be reviewed as part of the selection process. A key element we are looking for is for applicants to be able to demonstrate some understanding of the qualities and attributes required to become a healthcare professional.
Applicants should be aware that we may request confirmation of their work experience.
Please see our FAQ and Non-Academic Information Form pages for more information on work experience.