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Getting into Competitive Subjects DENTISTRY. Dr Simon Wood BChD Admissions Tutor Leeds Dental Institute University of Leeds Dr Duncan Wood Admissions Tutor School of Clinical Dentistry University of Sheffield. Dentistry – Typical Entry Requirements.

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getting into competitive subjects dentistry
Getting into Competitive SubjectsDENTISTRY

Dr Simon Wood

BChD Admissions Tutor

Leeds Dental Institute

University of Leeds

Dr Duncan Wood

Admissions Tutor

School of Clinical Dentistry

University of Sheffield

dentistry typical entry requirements
Dentistry – Typical Entry Requirements
  • 6+ GCSEs (inc Maths and English at Grade C; Biol and Chem or Dual Sci)
  • 3 A2 levels: Grades AAB (must include grade A in Biology and Chemistry)
  • UKCAT (most, but not all Dental Schools)

Graduate qualifications are also considered (eg. 2.1(Hons) or higher in a life science.

how competitive is it
How competitive is it?
  • Nationally: < 2.5 applicants for each place. (UCAS Website)
  • Those with predicted minimum requirements is probably less than 2 applicants per place.
  • What is the problem?
at sheffield
At Sheffield…
  • Over 1000 applicants for 75 places.

At Leeds…

  • Approx 1400 applicants for 85 places (81 Home/EU; 4 International).
  • Therefore the selection procedure is tough and sometimes blunt.
facts figures
Facts & Figures
  • 1000+ applicants
  • 300-350 interviews
  • 200-220 offers
  • 100-110 accepts
  • 75 meeting the requirements
problems for selectors
Problems for Selectors
  • Pressure to hit targets.
  • If we overshoot…
  • If we undershoot…
problems for selectors1
Problems for Selectors
  • Increasing number of graduate applications
  • Increasing number of ‘post qualification’ applications
problems for selectors2
Problems for Selectors
  • Working with unreliable predicted grades (Schwartz report)
  • Selecting from high achievers
  • No AS (A1) results
problems for selectors3
Problems for Selectors
  • Should we concentrate on academic achievement or academic potential?
  • Widening Participation
  • Obstacles to achievement
a holistic approach
A Holistic approach…
  • Difficult because:
  • Each student must be assessed fully, with strong, supported evidence.
  • Time
  • Weight given to each criteria
selection for interview
Selection for interview:
  • GCSE Results
  • Predicted A2 grades
  • Academic Reference
  • Personal Statement (non-academic achievements)
  • Academic Potential
  • UKCAT (not currently required at Leeds)
personal statement
Personal Statement:
  • Demonstrates knowledge of profession, work experience.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills, team working.
  • Demonstrates motivation: Sports, work, voluntary work, dedicated to interest or hobby.
the interview
The Interview
  • ~15 mins; structured.
  • 3 panel members.
  • Predetermined list of questions (motivation, social awareness, responsibility, interests).
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Panel scores individually and then agree an overall subjective rating for the applicant.
motivation to study dentistry at a particular school
Motivation to study Dentistry at a particular School

Understands the demands of HE

Can demonstrate self motivation

Explains why this School is their preferred option.

Is knowledgeable about the course, school, university and city.

communication skills
Communication Skills
  • Answers questions
  • Doesn’t gabble
  • Articulate
  • Engaging
  • Can argue when appropriate