Non-Academic Information Form
Each applicant to study dentistry at The University of Manchester must complete an online information form with respect to non-academic activities.
Anyone who has ever agonised over writing a UCAS personal statement will probably tell you that there isn't enough space to talk about the things are important to your decision to apply for Dentistry!
The Non-Academic Information Form can be thought of as an expanded personal statement where you can provide more information and tell us why you chose to apply to this dental school.
Although we do not directly assess your personal statement as part of the selection process, you haven't wasted any time in writing it. You will find that you can use most of what you have written as the starting point for your Non-Academic Information Form, and we encourage you to do so.
What we look for
The form is essentially a more structured version of the personal statement, but be aware that you should not simply paste your personal statement into it. We will request brief details about the following areas.
We would like to see some work experience focused towards dentistry, but other types of work experience are also acceptable. It’s really important that you are able to reflect appropriately on the work experience you’ve done, and we want to see evidence that you understand the qualities and attributes required to become a healthcare professional.
We are trying to ascertain that you have a clear idea of what it is like to study dentistry and what the role of a dentist entails. Tell us how you got involved in such work, how much time you spend doing it and, most importantly, what you have gained from it.
We are aware that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face work experience placements for applicants have been cancelled. Applicants should be assured that this will not negatively impact your application. We have now adapted our requirements for 2021 entry.
In normal circumstances, the reason for requiring work experience is so that you can demonstrate insight into the role. We do not ‘count’ hours of work experience (although some Schools do).
For this year, we are happy for you to declare work experience or activities you intend to carry out after the 15 October UCAS deadline.
This will give you additional time to carry out experience if you still want to, and if conditions in early 2021 permit. This, however, will not be a requirement. Work experience taken outside of a two-year timeframe is also acceptable.
We will also allow applicants to evidence their insight in other ways on their Non-Academic Information Form and at interview. Speaking to dentists, other members of the dental team and current dental students about what a dental career involves is also an excellent way to become familiar with the career pathway.
We encourage applicants to learn more about a career in dentistry or dental hygiene and therapy to develop the values, attitudes and behaviours required of a dental professional. You may wish to read through online resources related to the career pathway and learn about the key issues in dentistry through the media and by reading more widely around the topic.
Some recommended general online resources are:
Hobbies and interests
Dentists must be able to communicate and empathise with their patients. This is enhanced by some shared life experiences.
Tell us about your interests and hobbies. Tell us why you pursue them and how much time you devote to them. Have you achieved any outside recognition (e.g. awards, certificates, etc)?
We are aware that some students may have more opportunities than others to pursue a wide range of interests. The concern is not so much exactly what you do in your spare time, but that you have some spare time and that you do something with it.
Dentists work in multidisciplinary teams and it is essential that you demonstrate that you have experience of working in teams and are knowledgeable about the advantages of a team approach to work and other activities. Equally, dentists are team leaders - what have you done to demonstrate your team leadership skills?
Motivation for studying dentistry
Your reasons for choosing to study dentistry may be obvious to you, but they are not obvious to us. The Admissions team has not met you and knows nothing about you, so please tell us how your personal experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a career in dentistry.
Non-Academic Information Form for 2020
The link to the Non-Academic Information Form for 2020 will be emailed to each applicant after the 15 October UCAS application deadline using the email address supplied on your UCAS application.
The deadline for completing this document will be published here when confirmed.