How to become a dentist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
You'll need to complete a 5-year degree in dentistry approved by the General Dental Council, followed by 1 to 2 years of postgraduate dental training.
You may be able to do a 4-year degree course if you already have a degree in a relevant subject, for example biomedical sciences.
When you apply for a dentistry course, you could be asked to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). They test the skills you'll need on the course, like critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, communication and scientific knowledge.
You may be able to apply for a 4-year dental degree course if you've already got at least an upper second class degree in biology, chemistry or a biomedical subject.
There's a lot of competition for places at dental schools.
You'll usually need:
- 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology and chemistry