Dental Schools


Dentistry at University of Plymouth Dental School

Overview of Plymouth Dental School


This exciting dentistry program at Plymouth Dental School is pioneering, patient-centred ,and delivered in a supportive and research-rich environment. You will develop the highest level of core dental skills and knowledge needed for a hugely rewarding career as a healthcare professional. Plymouth dental School offers you state-of-the-art facilities and are committed to making you a dental practitioner with clinical skills of the highest order and a strong sense of social awareness.


Plymouth University Dentistry Course Structure

Year 1

You will attend the Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE) from your first week developing essential clinical skills and in Term 2 you will experience contact with patients in the clinics where you will be able to develop your communication skills under the close supervision of dental practitioners, bringing to life the skills gained in SDLE.

Year 2

In your second year, you build on your foundations with common dental problems, as well as disease mechanisms considered in much greater depth. Learning continues in SDLE as you develop skills for advanced procedures whilst continuing to care for patients in the clinics in Plymouth two days per week.

Year 3

In your third year there is greater self-directed learning as you prepare project assignments, including an engagement project with students from another healthcare profession, and clinical cases.

Year 4

You'll gain first-hand experience of the role and services provided by specialists in primary and secondary care, by spending time in specialist clinics such as restorative dentistry, oral surgery, oral diseases and orthodontics.

Year 5

You will become more confident with clinical situations, healthcare teams and the principles of professionalism; and discover advances in dentistry being developed for future practice.

Plymouth Dentistry Entry Requirements


Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C/9-4 which must include English language, Mathematics and either GCSE double award science or two from single award Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Scottish Nationals are considered in lieu of GCSEs.

A Levels

The typical offer is A*AA – AAB at GCE A level/Scottish Advanced Highers which must include an A grade in Biology and A in one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Psychology. The third GCE A level/Scottish Advanced Higher can be from any subject area including the Humanities, Languages, Music, Sport, Science and the Social Sciences.


The typical offer is 36-38 points overall including six in Biology and one further science from Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Psychology at Higher Level.

Scottish Higher

Scottish Advanced


Plymouth Dental School Admission Tests


UCAT for school leavers/applicants with Level 3 qualifications taken within 5 years of application. 




Yes. GAMSAT for degree holders/applicants with Level 3 qualifications that do not meet their requirements or whose qualifications were awarded more than 5 years ago at the point of application.


Course Information

Graduate Entry





Plymouth Dental School Work Experience

Not required.


Plymouth University Dentistry Personal Statement

Not scored throughout any part of the admissions process.


Does This Medical School Have A Gateway or Foundation Year?



The University of Plymouth is committed to widening access (WA) and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply with us. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our admissions advisory panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Please visit our website for information about our widening participation activities. Applicants are required to meet a minimum of three WA indicators as stated on our website to be considered for a lower AAB offer.



Plymouth University Dentistry Interview



5 stations

55 minutes total including 15 inutes prior to the interview for registration and questions


From January



Veracity and Honesty 

Flexibility Motivation and Commitment 


Communication Skills 

Team Work 

Ability to deal with stress appropriately 


Students who know their limitations, their strengths and weakness 

Insight into the roles and responsibilities of a Doctor, Dentist, Dental Care Professional or Healthcare Scientist


Contact Details

University of Plymouth
Peninsula Dental School
Portland Square
Drake Circus
Tel:   01752 600600


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