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Preston (UCLAN)

Graduate Dentistry at UCLAN

UCLAN Dentistry Overview


UCLAN programs include elements of shared training, to prepare students for how they will work in the future as part of the dental team.

Taught sessions are held in purpose-built facilities incorporating bright and modern phantom-head training areas as well as dedicated lecture and seminar rooms. UCLAN are one of the few Universities in the UK with their very own on-campus Dental Clinic, and are fully equipped to give all dental students direct access to practical experience in high-end dental work within the institution.


UCLAN Dentistry Course Structure

In the first year of this graduate entry pathway, you will be based in the purpose-built Dental School in Preston developing clinical skills and supporting knowledge, as well as an understanding of how the human body works in health and disease. You will also spend Year 1 studying on campus, before relocating for three years of clinical training at one of four local community Dental Education Centres (DECs) in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay, where you will treat, under supervision, patients who have problems and dental needs of the type that are seen in general dental practice.

This will help give you direct experience of what it is like to provide oral healthcare for patients in a practice setting. During your placements, you will gain experience in secondary care Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. This not only adds to your knowledge but gives you an understanding of the respective roles of Specialists and the Primary Care Practitioners. This is a course that strongly emphasises teamwork. In contrast to a hospital-based course, you will take care of the patient throughout their entire treatment journey, supported by experienced practitioners in primary care clinics.

UCLAN Dentistry Entry Requirements


A minimum of grade B/5 in GCSE English Language and Maths.

A Levels

3 A-Levels with a minimum of grade C in each subject, including two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.


A minimum of 25 points with a minimum of grade 5 in three subjects at Higher Level, including two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics

Scottish Higher

Scottish Advanced


UCLAN Dentistry Admission Tests


No test needed

Verification of Prior Learning document directly to UCLan by the deadline of 15th October. This form is accessed via the UCLan website






Course Information

Graduate Entry




UCLAN Graduate Dentistry Work Experience

Evidence of understanding of dentistry following work experience.


UCLAN Dentistry Personal Statement


Must show evidence of motivation to study dentistry as well as an understanding of dentistry following work experience. The points above within the personal statement are taken into account alongside the academic requirements when selecting applicants to attend the entrance assessment exam prior to selection for interview.


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UCLAN Dentistry Interview Questions 2024

Key Details

External aptitude test is not required, but all applicants that meet the requirements must sit the UCLan School of Dentistry entrance exam to verify their relevant biomedical knowledge in order to be selected for interview.

MMI & Manual Dexterity Test

Important Dates

From November

Key Topics



Team working 

Communication skills

Knowledge of dentistry

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Contact Details

School of Dentistry
University of Central Lancashire
Tel:  01772 892 400