This course, typically lasting five years, is the first step to qualifying to practice as a dentist. It involves studying anatomy, physiology and biochemistry alongside placements to learn practical skills, such as taking a medical history, conducting dental examinations and deciding on appropriate treatment.
For dentistry, most courses require chemistry and biology, but some require maths or physics as well.
Alongside good grades in the right subjects, some dentistry courses use admissions tests such as the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). Check specific entry requirements carefully.
Undertaking work experience can also help you better understand the profession and give another dimension to your university application.
Find out more about becoming a dentist from the British Dental Association.