Entry requirements relate to 2011 entry with the first year of the course commencing in September 2011. The course combines academic education with theoretical and practical training in all aspects of dental practice. Entry to the course requires a high standard of education at secondary school level.
Chemistry is mandatory for dentistry.
All applicants are also required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The test helps Universities to supplement traditional measures of achievement and to widen access and make fairer choices amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for medical degree programmes. It will only form one part of the selection process. Full information is available at the UKCAT website.
The nature of dentistry as a profession requires applicants to demonstrate potential in the following skills and attributes, which will be assessed at admissions interviews:
- Strong academic ability;
- Commitment (financial and personal) to completing this long and demanding degree course;
- Manual dexterity and technical dental skills, plus the ability to maintain intense concentration for prolonged periods;
- The ability to build relationships with patients and colleagues;
- High level communication and interpersonal skills, for interaction with patients of all ages and backgrounds;
- An interest in the welfare of others and a sympathetic manner;
- Good administrative and managerial abilities;
- Information technology skills, due to the increasing use of computers for keeping records and accounts, and for digital imaging of radiographs and intra-oral photography.
Entry Requirements For BDS
How good does my English need to be?
Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not lived in a country where the first language is English for at least three years immediately prior to the start of the course, should normally include one of the following in their qualifications:
- GCE Ordinary or Cambridge 1119 or GCSE or IGCSE English Language, grades A to C.
- British Council IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
- TOEFL 575 (90 for TOEFL iBT), including TWE of 4 or above.
- We will accept a wide range of other English language qualifications. Please enquire for more information.
If you do not yet meet our English language requirements, you can bring your English up to the level needed by taking the University of Leicester's English Language Programme.
What qualifications do I need to apply?
We have extensive experience in evaluating qualifications from all over the world. If you have a query about the evaluation of your qualifications, please enquire.
For comparison, our academic entry requirements could be expressed as follows:
UK A/AS Levels: Normally four AS level subjects in First Year, including Chemistry and Biology, excluding General Studies. Three GCE A-levels including Chemistry required, excluding General Studies.
Cambridge Pre-U: D3/D3/D3 in Principal Subjects including Chemistry and Biology. Access to Medicine course: 6 Distinctions (or equivalent), plus GCSEs as above.
European Baccalaureate: Pass with 85% overall including three sciences. (Two of which must be Chemistry and Biology at grade 9).
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 36 points including Chemistry and Biology at Higher level. Grade 6 required in all subjects.
UK BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with three Distinctions plus GCSEs and subject requirements as above, together with relevant work experience.
Indian Nationals: Aggregate of 85% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in 12th Standard, Chemistry is compulsory with minimum of 85% marks individually.
Other Qualifications: Other national and international qualifications welcomed. Mature students welcomed: alternative qualifications considered.
Students in the Final Year of a degree course who have a background in Biology and Chemistry, or graduates with at least an upper second-class honours degree, who have not worked in a caring role, may apply for the five-year BDS course.
Dental schools have a duty of care to the patients and public with whom dental students come into close contact during their studies. It is also important that students are protected, as far as possible, from infectious diseases that could be contracted from their patients. Consequently, if your application is successful and you accept our offer, you will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire and return it to our Occupational Health Service.
On entry to medical school the Occupational Health Service will arrange checks for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, Rubella and Chicken Pox. They will provide, post registration, any necessary immunisations and any further specific health assessments or advice that may be required in relation to your medical training.
If a student is found to be a carrier of Hepatitis B or other chronic virus infection you may be allowed to continue your course but not allowed to assist with or undertake patient care or other 'exposure-prone' procedures on patients. It will not prevent you from qualifying or practising as a dentist, except for the restriction on exposure-prone procedures.
Applicants with Disabilities
Both LDTA and the University of Leicester aim to be as inclusive as possible in its admissions policy. It is important that potential applicants with disabilities gain an insight into the demands of a medical career prior to application.
Fitness to Practise
Admission is contingent on a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Check. If you have any criminal convictions, or cautions, warnings or reprimands from the police these should be declared at the time of application, as failure to do so will be taken very seriously, and may result in termination of your course.
The LDTA and the University of Leicester have a Fitness to Practise Committee. If the Committee concludes that there is sufficient reason to judge that they will be unfit to practise medicine, a student may be required to withdraw from the course.