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How to Become a Dentist

Medical hero or sadist - what kind of dentist do you want to be? Well, you've got plenty of time to decide because first you need to take a look at How to Become a Dentist.

How to Become a Dentist

Becoming a dentist is a commitment and a half, so you'll need to be prepared to work hard. Studying dentistry is, after all, studying a form of medicine and so the workload is going to be extreme and the pressure is going to be on.

In order to become a dentist, you'll need to apply for a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD) or a Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) depending on the university of your choice. Either way,  you'll need to show that you are an academically strong learner in order to be accepted. Only the best can be trusted with our teeth!

Both of the options above are 5 year degrees, covering everything you need to know in order to become a dentist. Let's take a look at the entry requirements.

  • Mathematics - level 5
  • Physical Science - level 5
  • English (Home Language or First Additional Language - level 5
  • Life Sciences - level 5

Whether or not Life Sciences is a requirement depends upon the university, but it's good to have either way.


Let's be real for a second - the universities may say that level 5 (which is, like, 69% and up) is enough to get you accepted but spaces are limited and demand it high, so you're going to want to aim much higher than that if you're still doing your Matric. Every percentage point you have over and above these minimum requirements is another step towards securing your place in the course.


So where can you study to become a dentist, terror of small children?

Check out the University of the Western Cape, University of Pretoria, and Wits University, all of which have dental faculties just waiting for you.


And there you have it! How to become a dentist! Now go forth and repair teeth, or something.


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