British Association of Dental Therapists

Representing dental therapists since 1963

Enquiry & Support Line 01616 655 878

(9:30am to 4:00pm weekdays - excluding bank holidays)



You must be 18 years of age with at least five GCSE?s at grade A-C or five Scottish Standard grades at grade 3 or above. These should include English and Biology, or other sciences.

In addition two A levels (some establishments insist that these include biology) or three Scottish Higher grades are required. It is desirable that candidates can demonstrate that they have experience of working in a dental environment although exceptions may be made in some cases.

Some schools may require that you hold a nationally recognised qualification in dental nursing, with two years experience. Additional nursing qualifications, such as dental radiography or the certificate in oral health education may also help with your application.

These are just guidelines as each school may have different requirements. Check with your preferred school to see of they will accept any other qualifications that you may have in addition, or as an alternative to the above.

For an up to date list of schools and contact details please click on the career pathway heading and select dental schools.

Many schools run an open day and it is advisable to attend these days. It gives you the opportunity to meet the staff and students and see the facilities available to you.