Training in Dentistry


To become a dentist, you will need to take a GDC-approved dentistry degree. Entry requirements vary because each university dental school sets its own criteria.  

  • You need at least three A-levels at high grades or equivalent qualifications at level 3. Chemistry and biology are usually required subjects.  
  • You also need supporting GCSEs. As all university’s entry requirements differ, you should contact them directly to find out whether qualifications equivalent to A-levels or GCSEs are acceptable.  
  • If you don’t have the necessary science qualifications at level 3, you may be able to take a pre-dental year. 
  • With most dental courses you sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) 

Becoming a dentist involves at least five years’ study at dental school, followed by one or two years of supervised practice. You will also need to ensure that you keep your scientific knowledge up to date during your career.   

Dental therapist / hygienist 

You will need five GCSE subjects at grade 4-7 or A to C, plus two A-levels or a recognised qualification in dental nursing. You must obtain a diploma or degree in dental therapy and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).  

Dental technicians  

You will need to take a GDC-approved degree or foundation degree. Entry requirements are the same as the dental therapist / hygienist. However, you can also undertake a BTEC level 3 qualification in dental technology if university is not for you.