Can I join the navy?

#1
Hello, I have been interested in joining the navy and becoming a dental officer for a very long time. I chose my A-levels specifically in order to achieve this. I am currently taking Biolgoy, Chemistry and psychology. However I am finding A-levels tough at the minute and am worried I will not get the grades required. Is there some way I could become a dentist within the navy without grades? Any help is much appreciated
 
#2
Yeah, sure. The Royal Navy take anyone unqualified and trains them as brain surgeons and all sorts. Will you get into a medical university without having the requisite grades? :rolleyes:

There really is such thing as a stupid question after all. Of course they're not going to employ you if you require certain qualifications and haven't got them. Besides deeming those qualifications necessary, for whatever reason, why would they take you when there are plenty of others who do have what they're seeking?

Does the Royal Navy even take people as dentists if they're not already qualified as such? Having been interested for such a long time, I'm sure you know the answer but, if not, then it would probably be a good idea to find out.

There is no easy way out; so you either get your head down and get the grades, no matter how tough you find it, or else you look into a different specialisation.
 
#4
The RN website is pretty clear about the qualifications you need to be a Dental Officer - a degree in Dentistry (unsurprisingly). If you're finding A levels tough then you're going to find it even tougher to get into, let alone graduate from a Dentistry course. However Dental Nurses only require GCSEs so that would be an option you could take up however your A levels turn out.

I don't know what the A level requirements are to get into a degree or diploma in Dental Hygiene, but if you manage to meet them then a career as a Dental Hygienist is something else to consider.
 
#5
Yeah, sure. The Royal Navy take anyone unqualified and trains them as brain surgeons and all sorts. Will you get into a medical university without having the requisite grades? :rolleyes:

There really is such thing as a stupid question after all. Of course they're not going to employ you if you require certain qualifications and haven't got them. Besides deeming those qualifications necessary, for whatever reason, why would they take you when there are plenty of others who do have what they're seeking?

Does the Royal Navy even take people as dentists if they're not already qualified as such? Having been interested for such a long time, I'm sure you know the answer but, if not, then it would probably be a good idea to find out.

There is no easy way out; so you either get your head down and get the grades, no matter how tough you find it, or else you look into a different specialisation.
they even train pilots, another option. But you need to be good enough to pass all the entry requirements for that as well.
good luck if all else fails look at dentist nurse or hygienist
 
#7
Dentists are masters of pain!!!Maybe a job in the Gestapo if your exams don't pan out!!!!!
Dentists!!!!!! Ugh - shudder!!!
 
#8

Ninja_Stoker

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#9
The bottom line, as already made clear, is certain specialisations need vocational qualifications as a pre-requisite prior to joining.

As a generic Careers Adviser, whenever asked what subjects should be taken beyond GCSE, my response is to always choose subjects you actually enjoy, particularly if seeking a vocational qualifications to degree level.

I've lost count of the number of potential medical students who dislike biology and have no interest in the subject but who are attracted by the earnings potential rather than altruism. Whilst a good number achieve their goal, the greater number don't and very often it's easy to tell the manner in which healthcare professionals are motivated.

As it is, a young person in secondary education has plenty of time to explore several different potential career avenues and get back on track.

As stated above, talk to you school teaching staff to investigate alternatives because if you are not enjoying medical related subjects, there's a good chance you may not enjoy the job at the end of it.
 
#10
The RN website is pretty clear about the qualifications you need to be a Dental Officer - a degree in Dentistry (unsurprisingly). If you're finding A levels tough then you're going to find it even tougher to get into, let alone graduate from a Dentistry course. However Dental Nurses only require GCSEs so that would be an option you could take up however your A levels turn out.

I don't know what the A level requirements are to get into a degree or diploma in Dental Hygiene, but if you manage to meet them then a career as a Dental Hygienist is something else to consider.
There are about four Dental Nurses in uniform (I exaggerate, but not by much) - I wouldn’t get your hopes up.


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