BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2023

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

For further guidance on submitting your application, see the Completing your UCAS form page.

Application deadline

All applications for 2023 entry or those applying for deferred entry must be submitted through UCAS by 15 January 2023.

It is not possible to consider late applications. Receipt of applications to B840 (BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy) will be acknowledged by our Central Admissions Office.

If you have any questions that aren't answered in these pages, please contact us by emailing .


Previous guidance regarding mandatory vaccination for Covid for courses with a clinical or healthcare placement has been paused, in line with government advice. However both NHS England and NHS Improvement view getting vaccinated for healthcare staff and students as a professional duty. We therefore continue to highly recommend all students on this course to take up their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are eligible.

How your application is considered

Applications are first screened according to whether or not they meet our standard academic threshold as given on this page.

Those applications that do not meet the appropriate academic criteria will not progress to the next phase of the screening process, and will receive notification that their application has been unsuccessful through UCAS in due course.

For applicants who pass the initial assessment we will consider your application as part of a holistic assessment using all the information available to us to arrive at a decision.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

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

Interview requirements

No offer is made without a successful interview. For 2022 entry, interviews were conducted online. A decision has yet to be taken for those applying for 2023 entry whether interviews will remain online or take place in person, on campus. We will update this information when the decision has been finalised.

Returning to education

We are pleased to consider applications from non-traditional applicants, but would ask that you contact the Admissions Office for advice on suitability for a potential application.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Overseas applicants are welcome to apply providing they meet the academic entry standard. If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet this standard, please contact the admissions office

Aptitude test requirement

No aptitude test is required for this course.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. The health screening is based upon the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) standards of medical fitness to train for dental students [PDF, 71KB].

A potential student may be concerned that their health or disability may affect their ability to fulfil the competency standards of the course. Any such applicants are encouraged to contact the Occupational Health Service and/or The Disability Advisory and Support Service at an early stage in order to explore the situation in depth and consider the feasibility of making reasonable adjustments. Hopefully the process will prove helpful to the student in deciding whether to pursue an application.

In Manchester, you will be introduced to the clinic in the first term.

Therefore, 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.

The health screening requires the completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and their General Practitioner and also an appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department. In order to be admitted and continue on the programme, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department.

General enquiries about health screening should be addressed to Student Occupational Health, Tel +44 (0)161 275 2858, Fax +44 (0)161 275 3137.

Please see also the Procedure for Admission to Courses Requiring Medical Fitness Assessment [Word 59KB].

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will be required, as part of the non-academic conditions of your offer, to provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In the UK, this takes the form of an Enhanced Level search by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.

Regulations and record systems in other countries vary. Overseas applicants are encouraged to contact our Admissions Team.

Anyone who considers it possible that a criminal record or other disclosure may reveal any offence must contact the Admissions Team before applying.


We welcome applications from students who wish to defer their entry to the following year, but we prefer this to be indicated at the point of application.

It may not be possible to defer entry once an offer has been made and we are unlikely to be able to consider any requests after the release of A-level results.

We do not have any specific requirements for how you use your gap year, but we would expect it to have been used constructively.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We welcome applications from those re-sitting their A-levels, though applicants may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13.

Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, applicants are expected to have obtained a minimum of BBC at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.

All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades AAB in the A-level subjects specified above, and an A is expected to be achieved in the re-sit year in Biology.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful we may permit one further application. You must contact us in advance to determine the suitability of a re-application. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

We would require re-applicants to continue with their work experience in their year out and would also expect to see a material difference in their application from the previous year. 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.

Applicants applying with achieved qualifications must explain in their personal statement what they are doing during the gap year.


Transfers from other courses are not possible.

You cannot transfer to the Dentistry BDS course from the BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy course.