A-level: AAA Including Biology and Chemistry, excluding General Studies and Critical thinking. You must achieve a Pass in the practical element of any science A-levels.
GCSE: A minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade B or higher or Grade 6 and above, including Chemistry, Biology (or Dual Science) English and Maths.
Other course specific tests:
Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
We ask all applicants to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application. The only sitting available for 2021/22 is in November. The deadlines for registering are different and you should double check the BMAT website for full information. Please be aware that in cases where BMAT results are received for one applicant from both sittings, we will only consider the first sitting of the BMAT. If you are a school or college student, discuss test centre options with your exams officer. If you’re not a school or college student, find test centres on the BMAT (Admissions Testing Service) website.
Health and disclosure and barring screening
All successful applicants will also need to pass health and disclosure and barring screening.
The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. A criminal record check from other countries in addition to the UK DBS check may be required. Abroad this may be referred to as a "Certificate of Good Conduct" (CoGC), but the name varies.
To ensure a safe and professional environment for patients, you’ll also need to meet other requirements, including screening for communicable disease - read "Professional requirements" section.
Any offer of a place to study Dental Surgery is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential occupational health assessment, which will include a health questionnaire, and if necessary further telephone consultation and/or an appointment with an occupational health clinician. Screening for serious communicable disease, (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and a review of immunisation status and needs, which includes COVID-19, will also be arranged before beginning your studies.
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE diplomas are not accepted for Dental Surgery.
We will accept either:
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science with D*DD
- BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science with D*D, plus A Level Chemistry at grade A.
Please note, you must still meet our standard GCSE requirements as outlined above. We are also unable to accept BTECs in Health and Social Care for entry to this programme.
D3 Biology, D3 Chemistry, M1 other subject.
At least 35 points overall including a score of 6 in higher level Chemistry and Biology, plus a further higher at grade 6. English must be offered at higher or subsidiary level (grade 5 minimum if not offered at GCSE). Maths Studies is acceptable.
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
Minimum of AAABBB (regardless of sub-score), including Chemistry and Biology at grade A. English and Maths are also compulsory.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
Applicants must have grade B minimum in Chemistry, Biology, English and either Physics or Maths at Higher level. At Advanced Higher, we require AA in Biology and Chemistry, plus either a third subject at grade A at Advanced Higher level, OR two additional Highers at grade B.
European Baccalaureate: 80% overall, with minimum grades of 8 in Biology and Chemistry.
We also welcome:
The University of Leeds’ BSc Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year, which you apply directly to through UCAS.
The University of Leeds' BSc Science for those that have an Arts background and wish to apply for Dentistry
Applications from graduates. To apply you’ll need a 2:1 or higher in a relevant science or healthcare subject plus GCSE maths at grade 4 or C.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer
A level: ABB (A in either Chemistry or Biology)
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.5 in listening and speaking, and no less than 6.0 in writing and reading. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The application closing date for Dental Surgery is earlier than for many other courses – usually 15 October in the year preceding entry (e.g. for entry to the course in September 2020, the UCAS deadline was 15 October 2019). The School of Dentistry will not accept applications after the UCAS closing date. We do not participate in the UCAS Extra scheme or in Clearing.
Read more about applying or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team for further information
You’re welcome to postpone your start date by 12 months, if you want to. This won’t affect how we judge your application, but you do need to tell us in advance, in your UCAS application. If you don’t do this, but ask for a deferral later, we may not agree to it.
The School of Dentistry operates an equal opportunities policy and supports widening participation. Whilst some health conditions and disabilities may prevent admission, the University takes a positive view and tries to meet the needs of all students. You can find University equality policies on the Equality Service website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
The main stages in our selection process are:
- Evaluation of academic qualifcations
- Assessment of application, taking into account academic and non-academic criteria, including BMAT results
- Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
Interviews are scheduled in February for Home/EU and international candidates.
We cannot facilitate interviews outside of this period, so if you apply, you must make sure you are free to attend in this timeframe.
If you’re unable to attend your allocated interview you should contact us as we may be able to change your appointment to another day or time during the interview period, but this is not guaranteed. We would only agree to this for exceptional circumstances, for example, you cannot attend our interview because you have previously agreed to an interview elsewhere at the same time.
We interview using MMIs instead of traditional panel interviews. In MMIs you move around a series of interview stations. At each station, you undertake a task or answer a few short questions, for which you are scored. The scores at each station are independent of the other scores. Afterwards your scores are computed to give us your overall score and ranking.
The MMIs help us to assess your attitudes, communication skills, empathy, analytic skills and ethical reasoning, attributes that are in accordance with the NHS Constitution values-based recruitment. Some stations may be held in clinics, so you also see our working environment. Most applicants tell us they find the multiple mini interviews a positive experience.
School of Dentistry Undergraduate Admissions Policy 2022
UK: See fees section below
International: £40,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Additional cost information
<p>Students will incur a direct cost for the following items:</p><p><strong>Sensible shoes</strong><br />Approximately £40 - These should be plain, non-slip, low heeled, wipeable and soft soled with enclosed toes and heels.<br />Wipeable dark leather trainers are acceptable. Non-wipeable trainers, canvas shoes, open backed or open toed footwear, crocs, ‘ballet’-type slippers are not permitted. See the School Dress Policy for further information.</p><p><strong>Padlock for locker (deposit)</strong><br />£25 payable at registration (deposit will be returned to you on completion of your degree)</p><p><strong>DentSoc (School of Dentistry's social society)</strong><br />£80 (5 year membership) for Dental Surgery.</p><p><strong>Travel expenses for external placements</strong><br /><em>From 2018/19 Students in Year 4 will be paid £30 as a contribution towards their travel expenses.<br />Please see the School’s travel policy which provides further details.</em><br />GDP observational placement (Year 1 – 1 day), will incur travel expenses Oral Surgery placement (Year 4 - 2 weeks), will incur travel expenses<br />Oral Medicine placement (Year 5 - 1 week) will incur travel expenses. (Accommodation may be provided for more distant Oral Surgery and Oral Surgery placements but this cannot be guaranteed).<br />Year 4/5 Outreach placements - students are expected to pay their own travel costs to Beeston and Bradford Outreach.</p><p><strong>Exam resits</strong><br />There will be a charge if you need to resit any examinations. Please see the additional costs webpage on the University website for more details.</p><p><strong>Uniforms</strong><br />You may incur additional costs cleaning your uniforms as they will need to be washed at a higher temperature and separately to other items.</p><p><strong>Study Abroad Programme, Intercalation and Elective modules</strong><br />There are options within the Dental Surgery programme to Study Abroad in Dublin (during year 4), intercalate for a year to undertake an additional programme (following year 2 or 3) and undertake a professional development elective module.<br />These options may incur additional costs, information regarding this will be made available during the programme.</p><p><em>Costs associated with Dental Foundation Training</em><br />You will need to pay costs in order to commence DFT Training. These will include GDC registration, DBS checks and occupational health clearance.</p><p><strong>School Funding Information</strong></p><p>The School will fund the following:<br />- Four sets of uniforms for clinical use<br />- A name badge<br />- Disclosure & Barring Service Checks in year 1<br />- Locker padlock<br />- USB encrypted memory stick<br />- Full Library access<br />- Occupational health clearance (for entry to your programme)<br />- Handbooks: currently, School, programme and module handbooks are provided online. Printed clinical handbooks are provided individually to students but as of November 2018 this is under review</p><p>Students may incur costs for the following items:</p><p><strong>Locker padlock</strong><br />You will not be charged for a padlock but if you lose it or fail to return at the end of your programme then you will be charged £25.</p><p><strong>USB Encrypted Memory Stick (Year 3 onwards)</strong><br />You will not be charged for a USB stick but if you lose it or fail to return at the end of your programme then you will be charged £25.</p><p><strong>Student Uniforms</strong><br />If you lose or damage an item of uniform you will be charged for a replacement £10 per item.</p><p><strong>Student name badges</strong><br />If you lose your name badge you will be charged £5 for a replacement.</p><p><strong>Occupational Health Checks</strong><br />Non-attendance at an occupational health appointment - £50 per missed appointment.</p><p><strong>Loss or damage to clinical skills models</strong><br />Costs will vary, students will be informed of replacement costs for any items damaged through negligence or lost.</p><p><strong>Clinical skills locker key</strong><br />You will not be charged for a key but if you fail to return the key to the clinical skills department you will be charged £10.</p><p><strong>Disclosure and Barring Service</strong><br />You will be charged if you lose your DBS certificate and you require a replacement.</p><p><em>Costs are subject to change throughout the course. However, you will be informed if this is the case.</em></p>
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
As a dental student, you can apply for the standard government loans and support package for the first four years of your course. In year five onwards, you become eligible instead for the NHS student bursary scheme.