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Oral Health Science Ucas Personal Statement

How to apply

Advice to applicants

See the application process page for information on how we consider your application.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

When we read a UCAS form, we want to develop some insight into what has attracted you to career in oral health sciences, and what has confirmed this choice.

See the application process page for more information on what you should address in your personal statement.

Interview requirements

No offer is made without a successful interview. We run a multiple mini interview format at Manchester and interviews will be held in February of the current admissions cycle.

See the application process page for more information.

Returning to education

We expect you to have been in education within the last 4 years.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We have one place for international students on this course.

Before you apply, you must ensure that this qualification is recognised in your home country.

Aptitude test requirement

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT): All applicants for the BSc course will be required to sit the UKCAT.

See: Application process for more information.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health screening

In Manchester, you will be introduced to the clinic in the first term, which means that you will have to produce satisfactory evidence on non-infectivity with respect to the blood-borne viruses HIV, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.

In addition, you must pass a health screening in Student Occupational Health prior to entry to ensure you are fit to practice.

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 84KB) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

All potential students have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.

Applicants must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands on their UCAS application. Some criminal convictions may preclude candidates from working as a dentist therapist/hygienist.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have taken three A-levels, you are expected to have obtained a minimum of grades BBC in each subject at the first sitting. Re-sitting candidates are expected to achieve grades AAB in the A-level subjects specified above.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again once only. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.


Transfers from other courses are not possible.

You cannot transfer to the Dentistry BDS course from the BSc Oral Health Science course.

Portfolio requirements

You are required to have observed a dental hygienist and a dental therapist (or general dental practitioner) at work before applying. A minimum period of 2 weeks is expected.

Please refer to the application process page for further guidance on:

  • how to apply
  • how your application is considered
  • personal statement guidance
  • interview requirements
  • aptitude test requirements.


This is the TSR Personal Statement Wiki library of dentistry personal statements. It includes examples of lots of personal statements that candidates have actually used to apply to university, and may therefore be useful for applicants writing their personal statements to look at.

It is very daunting starting a personal statement, especially if you have never written a document like it before - these personal statements can be used for inspiration, or as an example of how to structure your personal statement. By reading through the various statements in this list, you should hopefully gain an understanding of the common themes present in personal statements and how to exploit this to your advantage when writing your own.

A word of warning

Not all of these personal statements are exemplars - they are not perfect. This is a cross-section of personal statements submitted over many years, and they are not necessarily personal statements that have achieved offers. You also need to understand that personal statements that have achieved offers are not automatically perfect.

A note on plagiarism

It should go without saying, but do not copy ANY parts of any of these statements. UCAS has a very sophisticated plagiarism checker which will check your submitted statement against these and other personal statements, and any discrepancies may be used against you. In the worst case scenario, it may lead to UCAS contacting the universities you have applied to and the forced withdrawal of your application to study your particular subject. Do not risk it. These are to look at and to be inspired by, not to copy.

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