A-level: ABB B in Biology, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. You must achieve a pass in the practical element of any science A-levels.
GCSE: A minimum of 5 GCSEs, at Grade 4/C or higher including Chemistry and Biology (or Dual Science) plus English and Maths.
Other course specific tests:
Health and disclosure 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).
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 diseases. Read ‘Professional requirements’ section.
Any offer of a place to study Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy 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
30 level 3 credits awarded with Distinction. Your Access to HE programme must include a minimum of 12 graded level 3 credits in Biology.
We will accept either:
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.
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 Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
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 plus GCSE Maths at grade 4 or C) in a relevant science or healthcare professional's subject.
Alternative Qualifications: Fully qualified dental nurses who have completed the University of Leeds Preparation for Higher Education course awarded with Distinction (70 overall).
The University of Leeds BSc Interdisciplinary Science foundation year passed with 60% overall plus 60% in Biology.
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 English is not your first language.
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.
Access to Leeds Submission
In order for us to give your application due consideration, we'll need you to submit your Access to Leeds (A2L) application at the same time as you submit your UCAS application.
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BSc – A level: BBC (B in Biology)
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. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The application closing date for Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy is 25 January 2023. The School of Dentistry will not accept applications after the UCAS closing date. We do not typically 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.
The main stages in our selection process are:
Evaluation of academic qualifications
Assessment of application, taking into account academic and non-academic criteria
Multiple mini interview (MMI)
Interviews are typically scheduled in February. 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 Admissions Policy 2023
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>DentSoc (School of Dentistry's social society)</strong><br />£50 for Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (3 years membership) </p><p><strong>Travel expenses for external placements</strong><br />Students in Year 3 will be paid £50 as a contribution towards their travel expenses. Please see the School’s travel policy which provides further details. GDP observational placement (Year 1 – 1 day), will incur travel expenses Clinical Outreach Placements (Year 2 and 3) - students are expected to pay their own travel costs to Beeston, Bradford and Chapel Allerton centres. </p><p><strong>Exam resits</strong><br />There will be a charge if you need to resit any examinations. Please see the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/128004/fees_and_costs/440/additional_costs">additional costs page</a> 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>School Funding Information</strong><br />The School will fund the following: </p><ul><li>Four sets of uniforms for clinical use</li><li><p>A name badge </p></li><li><p>Disclosure & Barring Service Checks in year 1 </p></li><li><p>Locker padlock </p></li><li><p>USB encrypted memory stick </p></li><li><p>Full Library access </p></li><li><p>Occupational health clearance (for entry to your programme)</p></li><li><p>Handbooks: currently, School, programme and module handbooks are provided online. Clinical skills handbooks are provided individually to students. </p></li><li><p>Students may incur costs for the following items: </p></li><li><p>Locker padlock - 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></li><li><p>USB Encrypted Memory Stick (Year 2 onwards) - 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></li><li><p>Student Uniforms - If you lose or damage an item of uniform you will be charged for a replacement £10 per item. </p></li><li><p>Student name badges - If you lose your name badge you will be charged £5 for a replacement. </p></li><li><p>Occupational Health Checks Non-attendance at an occupational health appointment - £50 per missed appointment. </p></li><li><p>Loss or damage to clinical skills models - Costs will vary, students will be informed of replacement costs for any items damaged through negligence or lost. </p></li><li><p>Clinical skills locker key - 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 £15. </p></li><li><p>Disclosure and Barring Service - You will be charged if you lose your DBS certificate and you require a replacement. </p></li></ul><p></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.