Training to become a dentist will require a five year degree course within a dental school followed by a twelve month vocational period of supervised employment. The degree course will combine theory and practical work and the vocational work will take place within an established practice.
How long does it take to become a qualified dentist?
The degree course will take 5 years full time education to complete and the vocational training will require a further 12 months minimum. Additional courses will be required to specialise in specific areas including cosmetic dentistry or implants and these vary in length but expect approximately a further 2 years.
Following your training you will be required to register with the General Dental Council for eligibility to work within the UK.
Dentist Training – What are the entry requirements?
All candidates for a degree in dentistry will require five good GCSE grades followed by three A Levels which should include 2 science based subjects. Scottish qualifications and A Levels may be accepted by some institutions.
A candidate without the relevant A Level subjects may complete a 12 month pre-dental course prior to the degree course and a graduate with a biology or chemistry degree may undertake an accelerated four year degree course if the original course is deemed suitable.
Within the UK, 50 per cent of dental schools also require applicants to complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) which is being used more and more in the selection of candidates for medical and dental degree courses.
Dentist Training – What will I learn?
The education is dentistry will afford you the ability to lead a dental team in the assessment, treatment and education of individuals in their oral care.
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