Dentistry BDS entry requirements
All candidates for dentistry must undertake the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). We use UCAT scores to select applicants for interview, in conjunction with academic performance to date. To register and for further information, visit ucat.ac.uk
You will not be considered for interview if your total UCAT score falls below the third decile.
A-level (achieved in 2017 or later)
A-level results must be achieved in one sitting over a study period of no longer than two years.
Biology or Chemistry, and a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
Further Maths, if Mathematics is included in your A-levels
A-level (achieved before 2017)
A-level and AS-level results must be achieved over a study period of no longer than two years.
Two of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics
AS-level Biology and Chemistry at grade B
Further Maths, if Mathematics is included in your A-levels
International Baccalaureate (IB)
38 points overall with 666 in Higher Level subjects
Biology or Chemistry and a second science subject or Mathematics
Please note that Biology and Chemistry must be taken at Standard Level if not taken at Higher Level.
777666 or AAABBB
Biology or Human Biology
Mathematics or Additional Mathematics or Statistics
Science (Double Award) may substitute any individual science.
- You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Degrees are divided into three categories.
- Bioscience degrees which DO contain sufficient biology and chemistry - no further A or AS level requirements
- Science degrees which lack biology or chemistry then candidates must have a minimum A or AS level grade C for biology and/or chemistry (depending on what is missing in your degree).
- Non-science degrees. Candidates must have a minimum B grade A or AS level in chemistry or biology, plus one other science also at grade B. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. You may apply with achieved or predicted grades.
- Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally, 3 years for Bachelors, and 4 years for integrated Masters).
- If you are unsure that you degree is acceptable, or what A/AS requirements you may need then please contact us and we will be happy to advise. We may request you provide us with evidence as to why you believe your degree should be exempted for the A or AS level requirement.
If you graduated from a university outside the UK, you must email the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (email@example.com) the following before applying:
- A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
- Evidence of high school qualifications
Graduates from the USA or Canada must offer an honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
We accept the following non-UK qualifications, and no others:
Advanced Placement Program
A GPA of 3.3 or higher in the High School Diploma with a minimum English language at grade B.
554 in three Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, including Biology and Chemistry.
UAI/TER/ENTER/ATAR score of at least 98.00
Chemistry and Biology studied within year 12.
Entry requirements differ by province – see our admissions policy (PDF)
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE)
Chemistry and Biology
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies, and Level 5 in 3 elective subjects including Chemistry and Biology
Central Boards (CBSE, ISC) and West Bengal Board
90 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 90 per cent in these and Standard X 85 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths
State board qualifications other than West Bengal
95 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 95 per cent in these and Standard X 90 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths
Leaving Certificate Higher level: A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 or H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2
A1 or H1 in Chemistry and Biology
A minimum of six Bagrut subjects with 90 per cent or 9/10 overall, including at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied including Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science subject (Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Physics).
Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels (SIPCAL) at AAA at H2 level including two science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths)
Admission to dentistry at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 700 applications, interview roughly 300, and make approximately 170 offers. 67 home students and up to eight overseas students are admitted to the five-year BDS
Who gets an interview?
Applicants are selected for interview based 50% on UCAT score and 50% on UCAS tariff. You will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 152 or more.
The exact score needed to secure an interview will vary from year to year, depending on who applies.
You may wish to review the recent admission statistics
Your UCAS tariff is made up of academic and non-academic qualifications, including some that don’t count towards our minimum academic requirements, like A-level General Studies.
Make sure that all your qualifications are listed on your UCAS application so that we can take them into consideration.
As well as AS- and A-levels, tariffable qualifications include:
- BTEC level 3
- Cambridge Pre-U
- Extended Project Qualification
- International Baccalaureate
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- Music examinations
- Dance examinations.
You will be given points based on the undergraduate classification of your first degree, and whether you have a masters or PhD. Selection for interview is based on academic points and your UCAT score.
Interviews take place in London between January and March. We also hold interviews in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Interview panels consist of two members of senior academic or clinical staff, a dental student and sometimes a lay selector. The interview is not intended to be an intimidating experience and staff will try to put you at ease while evaluating:
- your motivation and realistic approach to dentistry as a career
- whether you show initiative, resilience and maturity
- whether you work well as part of a team
- your organisational and problem-solving abilities
- your ability to communicate effectively.
Interviewers will also consider your interests, talents, and the contribution you can make to the university. Your personal statement will help us to ask you relevant questions. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, and who have also contributed in some way to the outside community.
Selectors will expect you to demonstrate some knowledge about a career in dentistry and to have gained experience in a relevant setting. However, we recognise the challenge of obtaining relevant work experience.
There are three possible outcomes from the interview:
- a conditional offer upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
- waiting list – you may be reconsidered after the summer examination results.
Non-academic entry requirements
Fitness to practise
As a dental student, you will have responsibilities that differ from those of other students. We expect high standards of professional behaviour from you.
The School is responsible for ensuring that students who graduate are fit to practise, according to principles laid down by the General Dental Council. If the conduct of a student calls into question their fitness to practise, they may be required to appear before the Fitness to Practise Committee and could be removed from the course.
Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB)
All offers of a place on our medical courses are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring check. The check will disclose any convictions, cautions and reprimands. You must pay the costs of carrying out the check.
The School has strict deadlines for submitting the necessary information. These deadlines are conditions of the offers we make, and applicants who do not meet them will be rejected.
Once you have been offered a place at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, we’ll send you full information on how to obtain disclosure clearance.
For more information, see the Disclosure and Barring service
Declaring police matters
If you have received a conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning from the police, you must tick the relevant box on your UCAS form. You should also contact the admissions department to find out how the matter will affect your application.
Failure to tell us about something that subsequently appears on a Disclosure and Barring check may result in your application being withdrawn.
Health conditions and disabilities
The School welcomes applications from people with health conditions and disabilities. We have a strong system of student support and anyone with a health condition or disability will be offered appropriate adjustments to help them succeed.
However, we have a duty to ensure that everyone admitted to our programmes will be eligible for registration by the General Dental Council on graduation, and that they can practise safely in training and employment.
If you have a disability or health condition, you should seek advice from us as early as possible and at least four weeks before 15 October of the year of application.
All dentistry students perform exposure-prone procedures as a routine part of their course. Exposure-prone procedures are invasive procedures where there is a risk that injury to the worker may result in the exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the worker.
Before admittance, you must be able to demonstrate that you are not infected with a blood-borne virus – hepatitis B, hepatitis C or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
You will be expected to begin an appropriate course of hepatitis B vaccinations once you have received a formal offer from us, so that you are protected by the time you start to see patients early in the programme.
If you have any queries about the health requirements of the programme, contact the university’s Occupational Health Service for advice. Advice on blood-borne viruses is frequently updated, and requirements may change.
We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application. Find out more about contextualised admissions.
We only consider applications from students who are resitting their A-levels if they are protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible and no later than 1 September of the year of application, with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence.
Appropriate reasons to request a UCAT exemption are:
- illness or personal circumstances
- geographical circumstances
- requiring adjustments to the test that UCAT are unable to offer.
Email email@example.com as early as possible, with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence.
In most cases our advice will be to defer your application until the next application cycle.
If you are not from a majority English-speaking country, you need to achieve International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 7.0, including a 6.5 in writing.
Find out more about English language entry requirements for all degree programmes.