35 points overall and theree Higher Level subjects at 766
45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D2 D3 D3
Biology and Chemistry are required, as well as GCSE (or equivalent) study of English and Maths. All applicants must take the UKCAT.
We have no preferred other subjects, but applicants must note the compulsory subjects.
Further information and other requirements
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General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Grades: A typical offer is A*AA at A-Level, including Chemistry and Biology, and B at AS level. However, if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to AAB at A-Level with B at AS level). NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology are required at A-Level. If only one provided at A-Level, the other must be at AS-level grade A.
Additionally: Grade B in both English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, if not offered at A/AS-level.
Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 39 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Additionally, GCSE (or accepted Level 2 equivalents) at Grade B in both English and Mathematics required (or recognised equivalent). All applicants must take the UKCAT. Please contact Admissions for any further queries.
Grades: A typical offer is 3 Principle Subjects at D2 D3 D3. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to D3 D3 M2)
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology are required as Principle Subjects at D3.
Additionally: Grade B in both English and Mathematics, if not offered in your Principal Subjects
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:
Grades: A typical offer is AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to AB at Advanced Higher).
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology required at Advanced Higher. Maths and English also required at Intermediate 2/Standard Credit Grade1 or 2/National 5 with B
Grades: A typical offer is 35 points overall and 766 in three HL subjects. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to a minimum of 35 points and 665 HL)
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology are required at HL 6.
Additionally: Grade 5 SL in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.
Applicants who are currently studying for alternative degrees are strongly advised to fully complete their current programme of study and then apply to King’s as a graduate. However, if you do not wish to continue with your current programme of study, and are not due to graduate in the summer before the commencement of the course, the Admissions Team needs to be fully aware of your plans to withdraw from your current degree. You must indicate to us on your UCAS application that you are currently studying and your reference must be from your current academic tutor. The reference must also be supportive and demonstrate that your tutor is fully aware of your intention to leave your current programme of study. Please be aware that your application may not be as competitive as others we receive if this is the route you choose to take. Failure to declare your current programme of study to us is a breach of UCAS rules regarding full disclosure of your qualifications. Non-disclosure can results in an application and/or an offer being withdrawn.
Non academic requirements
Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants
Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants
Scholastic activities: Any scholastic activity would be considered eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc.
Community activities: We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.
General: We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.
Work shadowing/observation: We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.
Paid or voluntary work: Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.
Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes.
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask
structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview? Communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related. the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.
5th UCAS choice
A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for courses which lead to a professional qualification in dentistry. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to dentistry whether you include a non-health programme choice or not. If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).
Application deadline: October 15th for entry in the following September.
The UKCAT aptitude test: Please note that all applicants must sit the UKCAT in the Summer testing period before they apply to the BDS degree, even if they are applying for deferred entry. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at www.ukcat.ac.uk
The university does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, and UKCAT is only one of the factors considered in selecting candidates for interview. In previous years, however, we have published guideline scores indicative of what would have been seen as competitive in previous years. Please note that students with scores above these guidelines would not necessarily have been interviewed, and indeed some applicants with scores below the guideline score may have been interviewed.
Scores for the last five years have varied between 630 and 735. Variation from year to year is partly due to variation in the average score UK-wide on the UKCAT, and partly due to variation in the number and quality of applications to King’s each year.
Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest. You will not receive a score for this subtest. Further information about this new section can be found here: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/
EU and international applicants: There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. For international applicants, the UK government places a restriction on the number of entrants.
Graduate applicants to dentistry: We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study dentistry. Graduate applicants do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a pass at A/AS-level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree. Alternatively, a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master's degree (with at least a merit).
Criminal conviction disclosure: All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.
Transfer applications: Are you currently studying a subject other than Dentistry?
King’s does not accept transfers onto the Dentistry BDS from other disciplines (either at King’s or another institution). Applicants studying biological sciences or similar are encouraged instead to consider our Graduate Entry Dentistry course.
Are you currently studying Dentistry in the UK?
Transfers in to Dentistry will be considered in to the second or third year only. Candidates must be enrolled on the comparable phase at a UK registered Dental School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly with no failed modules. The Dental Institute may require candidates to sit the relevant end of year examinations at King’s.
Candidates should contact the Admissions office directly to discuss their desire to transfer. Places are limited and competition is fierce – candidates will need to demonstrate a compelling reason to need to relocate to London.
Are you studying Dentistry outside of the UK?
Unfortunately transfers from Dental schools outside of the UK are not permitted under any circumstances. This does include the Republic of Ireland.