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Agh, help! I want to apply to dental school in the UK (specifically, London) and I've run into quite a few problems. There is an online application, but the education systems between the UK and the US are so different I have been unable to figure out how to accurately transcribe my US grades to the UK grading system. Is there anyone out there who has gone through this process, or in the very least can offer up some advice on how to tackle this?? Anyone?? Bueller?? :D
 

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afrek said:
Agh, help! I want to apply to dental school in the UK (specifically, London) and I've run into quite a few problems. There is an online application, but the education systems between the UK and the US are so different I have been unable to figure out how to accurately transcribe my US grades to the UK grading system. Is there anyone out there who has gone through this process, or in the very least can offer up some advice on how to tackle this?? Anyone?? Bueller?? :D
From what I know most UK dental schools accept applications through UCAS for high school graduates who'd done A-Levels. I know that US qualifications may not be acceptable over there for entrance. You might have to do a foundation year before applying. Is that what you're doing? :confused:
 

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The UK only takes Cambridge GCE Advanced level results, and your GCSE(Ordinary level exams) partially.

You would have to do a first degree , Bsc , in order to get in.

Still trying emailing the admissions at some of the schools and see what they think.
You CAN do the A levels in the USA at certain centres from what I understand, and once you have done up to the level of Sat1 maths(you'll need to learn a bit more diff stuff though) , SAT2 Chem and Biology you should be able to do self study and do the exams.

Edit: I just remembered a friend who is at Kings College in England, he was from Florida. I'll give him a call tommorrow and get some more information, but he did do a first degree at a university in FL.
 
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Hi there, thanks for the responses...I have a BA in biology from a well-regarded 4-year college (University) in the US, have been working in research for 4 years , have 1 year volunteer experience in the health field amongst other qualifications. My main problem is this: ACAS is full of UK-based academic terminology that I don't understand. Therefore, I can't fill out the application fully, and don't feel like I can paint the best picture of my academic career. I emailed a London-based dental school and they were mostly unhelpful, saying only that I needed at least a 3.6 GPA to get in. I'd be surprised if that was a hard and steadfast rule, but I can't find anyone who knows for sure. Any help your Florida friend could give would be wonderful:)
 

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Hi Afrek,

I'm a UK qualified dentist and went to Kings, London. I don't know much about the requirements for US students applying there but I can try and help you to fill in the UCAS form as I had to do that myself. Let me know if there are any specific parts that you need help with.

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Thanks for your offer to help! Regarding ACAS...The entire "courses" section seems to be impossible for me to complete :( It is very specialised towards a UK education. My "American" coursework will not transcribe...any advice? Could I send my transcripts directly to the school? (I plan to apply to Kings and the QM U of London).

If you have time, could you tell me about dentistry in the UK in general (salary, job availabilities, job satisfaction, etc) and/or your perspective on the field of dentistry in the UK (where the field is heading)? Also, how long did your dental education take? A friend in London heard it can take up to seven years, is that true? Is Kings or the QM U of London preferrable? :)

Sorry to bombard you with so many questions, it's just that there are not many people out there who I can find to answer them. Anything you would like to share I would be very grateful for!