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What A-levels do you need to become a dentist?

Are you planning to study dentistry at university? Make sure your A-level line-up keeps your options open and flexible when it comes to applying to dentistry courses. Get more tips here...

If you want to study dentistry, then it’s crucial you pick the right A-levels. Most courses will ask for chemistry or biology or both, but a few will also expect maths or physics A-level.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Chemistry, biology and either maths or physics (or both) will keep all dentistry courses open to you.
  • If you don’t take maths or physics but do take chemistry and biology, most courses will accept you.
  • If you only take one from chemistry or biology, fewer dentistry courses will accept you.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Maths.
  • Physics.
Take a look at individual dentistry courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects dental students took before progressing to university. 

Similar subject areas…

  • Oral health sciences.
  • Dental technology.
These similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to dentistry, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.


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