How to get into dental school?

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Gaining Entry

Getting to gain entry into dental school is not easy. Gaining a place in a UK dental school is one of the most difficult courses to get into for two reasons. The first reason is that the sheer number of applicants outweighs the number of places available. You will find that approximately 40 to 50 applicants will be vying for just one place.

The second reason is that even the applicants who are making their applications are extremely able students in the first place. It is not uncommon to find that completely sound students with high grades still fail to get into a UK dental school. However, there are certain ways that you can use to increase your chances of the probability of gaining a place. 

1. Firstly, high GCSE grades. You should aim for or at least 9 or 10 GCSEs in the region of grade 7/8 or 9. Many students will have all 10 GCSEs at the maximum grade possible. 

2. Your A-level grades in the region of 3 As. You can drop down one grade to a grade B and still getting but we are talking about maximizing your chances here. There are undoubtedly every year students with all three A grades but still do not get a place. 

3. All students are required to undergo an interview selection process. The interview selection process is tough and therefore you need to be extremely well prepared for this. For some students, the interviewing process comes more naturally than for others. 

4. Your personal statement has to be 100%. It has to show why you have considered dentistry as a career and why you are suitable. It should also show why you are a rounded individual and not just somebody who has got good exam grades.