A-level: ABB B in biology. No general studies or critical thinking. You must achieve a Pass in the practical element of any science A-levels.
GCSE: A minimum of 5 GCSEs, all at Grade 4 or C and above, to include chemistry and biology (or dual science), plus English and maths.
Other course specific tests:
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.
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.
BTECs are not accepted for Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy.
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 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.
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 15 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 2020, the UCAS deadline is 15 January 2020). We offer a gathered field system, which means we will wait until all applications have been received before making any decisions on eligible applications. We aim to let everybody know whether they will be called to interview before 31 January.
It is unlikely that the course will be available in UCAS Extra.
Interviews for this course will take place between 13-21 February 2020 only. Most interviews for this course will take place on 20 and 21 February. We cannot facilitate multiple mini interviews (MMIs) outside of this period, so if you apply, you must make sure you are free to attend between these dates.
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 entrance requirements
- Assessment of application, taking into account academic and non-academic criteria
- Interview, made up of multiple mini interviews (MMIs)
The School will be holding multiple mini interviews for our undergraduate courses between 13-21 February 2020. Most Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy applicants will be interviewed on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February 2020.
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 2020
UK/EU: See fees section below
Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 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 and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2021/22 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. In other years, the government has confirmed fee levels in summer. When the fee is confirmed, we will publish an update on this website.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
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)<br /><br /><strong>DentSoc (School of Dentistry's social society)</strong><br />£35 for Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (3 years membership).<br /><br /><strong>Travel expenses </strong><strong>Travel expenses for external placements</strong><br /><em>From 2018/19 Students in Year 3 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 /><em>GDP observational placement </em>(Year 1 – 1 day), <strong>will incur travel expenses</strong><br /><em>Beeston Outreach</em> (Year 2) <strong>will incur travel expenses</strong><br /><em>Bradford Outreach</em> (Year 2 and 3)<strong> will incur travel expenses</strong></p><p><strong>Exam resits</strong><br />There may be a charge if you need to resit any examinations. Pllease see the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/128004/fees_and_costs/440/additional_costs">additional costs webpage</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>Costs associated with Dental Foundation Training</strong><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><strong>School Funding Information</strong><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><strong>Students may incur costs for the following items:</strong></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.