A-level: ABB B in Biology. No General Studies or Critical Thinking
3 A-Levels at Grade ABB which must include Biology, we consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except General Studies or Critical Thinking. You will usually be expected to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.
GCSE: A minimum of 5 GCSEs all at grade C and above to include Chemistry, Biology (or dual science), English and Maths.
Access to HE Diploma
45 credits achieved at level 3, at least 30 credits must be at distinction level. Within those 30 credits there must be a minimum of 12 credits from Biology or health-related subjects + GCSEs, as above. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course.
34 points overall with three higher level subjects at grade 5, including Biology. English must be offered at higher or subsidiary level (grade 5 minimum if not offered at GCSE). Maths Studies is acceptable.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
Students require a minimum of AABBBB, including Biology, English and Maths.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
ABB, including Biology. We consider all subjects for the remaining grades.
Graduates: Applications are welcomed from graduates (with a minimum 2:2 or equivalent) in a science or healthcare related subject.
Alternative Qualifications: Fully qualified dental nurses who have completed the University of Leeds Preparation for Higher Education course awarded with Distinction.
For enquiries regarding any alternative acceptable qualifications please contact the admissions office at the School of Dentistry directly.
Non-UK A-levels (other than Irish) are not accepted.
Proof of English language proficiency will also be required if appropriate.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Health and disclosure and barring screening
All successful applicants will also need to pass health and disclosure and barringscreening.
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).
To ensure a safe and professional environment for patients, you’ll also need to meet other requirements, including screening for communicable diseases.
It is a Department of Health requirement that all healthcare workers who come into contact with patients should not be infectious carriers of Hepatitis B, C or HIV viruses and should accept vaccination against Hepatitis B.
We advise all candidates to seek vaccination with their medical practitioner against Hepatitis B viruses before starting the course because they will have early contact with patients.
The School will organise an immunisation schedule for students who have not already completed a successful course of vaccination before enrolment.
Applicants who have been immunised by their medical practitioner will be required to provide documentary proof of immunisation on registration. Simple blood tests will be required to confirm that students are not a carrier of the Hepatitis B or C viruses.
Dress and personal appearance
The School of Dentistry has a dress policy to promote a clinical, professional appearance within our premises and outreach facilities.
Your clothes and personal appearance must match public expectations of a professional person.
Professional code of conduct
Dental professionals have to adhere to a professional code of ethics to maintain their registration with the GDC.
As a student, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of a dental professional – this includes applying the principles of professionalism to your studies and training at Leeds Dental Institute as well as your personal and social life. The GDC has published guidance on professionalism (“Student Fitness to Practise” and “Standards for Dental Professionals”) which you can find on the GDC website.
The General Dental Council (GDC)
The GDC is the regulatory body for dental professionals in the UK. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK.
The GDC is also responsible for checking the quality of all dental and Dental Care Professional (DCP) education and training courses which lead to registration.
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.
This course is not presently open to International Students due to restrictions in clinical training placements.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.5 in listening and speaking, plus not less than 6.0 in writing and reading..
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 Hygiene & Dental Therapy is the 15th January in order that all high quality applicants have time to apply in the year preceding entry (e.g. for entry to the course in September 2018, the UCAS deadline is 15th January 2018). It is unlikely that the course will be available in UCAS Extra.
Interviews for this course will take place on the 15th and 16th February 2018 only.
Our personal statement advice can be downloaded here. This tells you what we look for in this part of your application.
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.
The main stages in our selection process are:
- Evaluation of academic entrance requirements
- Assessment of application, taking into account academic and non-academic criteria
- Interview, made up of multiple mini interviews (MMI)
The School will be holding multiple mini interviews for our undergraduate courses on the 8th - 16th February 2018. Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy applicants will be interviewed on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February 2018.
We cannot offer other dates outside this period. If you’re unable to attend your allocated multiple mini interview, we may be able to change your appointment to another day or time during the interview period, but this is not guaranteed.
We interview through multiple mini interviews (MMI), instead of traditional panel interviews. In multiple mini interviews 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 multiple mini interviews 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 are 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
UK/EU: See fees section below
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Additional cost information
These should be plain, flat leather or synthetic shoes that fully enclose the foot. Peep toes and sling backs are not permitted. Approximately £40.
DentSoc (School of Dentistry's social society)
£30 for Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.
No set costs but students are expected to pay their own travel costs within Leeds and between Leeds and Bradford. Transport to Hull is provided. [Student bus passes are available to purchase]
Exam resitsSchool Funding Information
There will be a charge if you are taking a resit. As the charges change, please see the additional costs webpage on the University website for more details.
The School will fund the following:
- Full Library access
- Lockers / Padlocks
- Occupational health
- Disclosure & Barring Checks
- Travel expenses to Hull Placement
*Although the School does provide these services free of charge to the student, should you miss an appointment or lose an item such as a padlock or part of your uniform, you will be charged for this. Full details of any charges will be made available to you in the Student Handbook, which is issued to you at the start of term.
Costs are subject to change throughout the course. However, you will be informed if this is the case.
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.