Foundation Courses

Foundation courses (also referred to as pre-dental or dentistry with a preliminary year) are courses designed to give students without the necessary number of science A-Levels, a year of dental school teaching prior to commencing the standard undergraduate course. They are effectively a six-year dental course with guaranteed progression onto the dental course after completion of the Foundation year.

King's College London offer an Enhanced Support Programme for students attending
a non-selective state school or FE College in Greater London, Kent or Medway. It is similar to the standard 5-year course but with significant additional support with your application and throughout the 5-years (including funding).

Currently only 3 UK Dental Schools offer Foundation courses:

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Access Courses

Access courses are available for those without the required A-levels. However, some dental schools do not recognise access courses and, unlike foundation courses, there is no guaranteed place at a dental school following their completion. Make sure you check with both the access course and your prospective dental school that the course is recognised before you apply.