If You Don't Get In

If you don't get offered a place first time around it is important that you are not disheartened and look on the process as a learning experience.

Getting into dental school is tough and not everyone gets into medicine the first time around.

Think about why you didn't get an offer.

  • Did you start preparing late?
  • Did you have enough work experience?
  • Was your personal statement as good as it could be?
  • Did you get a poor UKCAT/BMAT/GAMSAT score?
  • Did you struggle with the interview?

It is also worth thinking about why any of the above applied to you and to make sure that you definitely want to study dentistry. If you are unsure take another look at our Becoming a Dentist section.

If you are determined to become a dentist and want to apply again the next year you now have 12 months to improve your chances second time around. Think about your weak areas and focus on these while ensuring that you add to your work experience and voluntary work.

  • Do a dentistry related gap year
  • Re-Sit A-Level modules
  • Get more work experience
  • Take up an activity that could improve skills related to dentistry
  • Get you personal statement analysed
  • Whatever happens maintain a confident and positive attitude conducive to improving