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A degree based in the heart of London taking in the latest thinking in dental education: early clinical exposure, emphasis on ideas and facts, integrated teaching, choices. Taught by internationally renowned staff at an institution that combines teaching and research and can claim to be the best in the country.
Largest dental school in the UK offering entry routes to studying dentistry and graduating over 160 dentists a year.
Offers students state-of-the-art clinical and technical facilities.
Evidence-based, research-led degree programme with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
Partnership with the world famous hospitals: Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’.
Opportunity to choose to intercalate a BSc degree.
UCAS code A205
Duration Five years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Dental Institute
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.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
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
A-levels: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). 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. Combinations: Note that if Mathematics is taken as one of your other A-Level subjects, "Further Maths" A-Level will not count towards your three A2 subjects (considered as if AS) . Additionally: Grade B in both English and Mathematics, 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.
Cambridge Pre-U: 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 will be AA in Advanced Highers including Chemistry and Biology, in addition to AAAAA in 5 Highers. 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
International Baccalaureate: 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.
UKCAT required by 15 October. See 'Applying, fees and funding' for further guidance on how the UKCAT is used in the selection process.
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 (Very Desirable): 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 (Very Desirable): 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 (Very Desirable): 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? Normally, a multiple mini interview, usually 40-50 minutes, with at least four interviewers. What is considered at interview? Communication skills, exploring in detail the interviewee’s written application, 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.
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: This course is now closed to applicants for 2016 entry.
The UKCAT aptitude test: Please note that all applicants must sit the UKCAT in the Summer 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/
Selection for interview: The Dental Institute aims to select the most able and appropriate students, not only in terms of academic ability, but also in relation to other interests and talents you may have which will contribute to the vitality of the Institute and College and with regard to your suitability as a future member of the dental profession. All UCAS applications received by 15 October are given equal consideration and scrutinised very carefully by the selection panels. Approximately 30 per cent of dental applicants are invited to interview after the initial consideration of UCAS applications.
Academic achievement: You should carefully check that you will meet the Dental Institute's minimum academic standards before making an application. Please note that many applicants meet the minimum requirements and so all applications are considered within a competitive environment.
In line with the recommendations of the report Fair Admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for Good Practice produced by the Admissions to Higher Education Review in 2004, King's will endeavour to consider other factors in addition to examination results, including the educational context of an applicant's formal achievement. As well as achievement at formal examination, King's will look for other indicators of potential and capability. In line with these policies, for 2015 entry our standard academic requirements for the five-year BDS are A*AA/B. We are keen to ensure we are selecting the very best students. Therefore, if you are performing exceptionally well within your peer group, and have achieved good scores in the UKCAT, we may consider predictions or achieved grades down to AAB/B.
Applicants who are currently studying for alternative degrees: You are strongly advised to fully complete your 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.
Personal statement and reference: Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application. We are looking particularly for evidence of appropriate commitment to, and realistic appreciation of, the academic, physical and emotional demands of a dental degree programme and career. We would normally expect that you will have undertaken some work experience in a caring environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting.
If this is not possible, we look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public, eg in a pharmacy or restaurant. Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account in addition to academic ability. We aim to ensure that all of our students can cope with the heavy academic workload of the programme and display those professional qualities, skills and attitudes that help to make competent and caring dentists. We would expect your application to be strongly supported by your referee both in terms of academic achievements/potential and in terms of your character and suitability for dentistry.
Your UKCAT scores will be considered in our selection for interview. They will not be the sole indicator for selection, but will be balanced against achievement in other areas, in particular your academic performance to date.
All indicators will be considered together in deciding who will be selected for interview. It is therefore important to understand that there is no universal 'cut off' score for the UKCAT when applying for 2013 entry. For example, if an applicant has an excellent academic background then the test scores will not play such a significant part in selection. For those with weaker academic backgrounds (relative to our overall applicant pool), the scores will become more important. An applicant who may not normally be considered on academic grounds could be invited to interview on the strength of strong UKCAT scores that may indicate potential. Also, if applicants are very similar in all other ways, the scores may be the determining factor in selection for interview.
The interview: No offers are made without an interview. If you are selected for interview you will be sent information via myApplication. The A205 interviews will follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) system. Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another. At each station candidates meet one or two interviewers who ask structured questions and mark the responses to the questions independently. The MMI interviews will take place between December and March and applicants should ensure they are free to attend an interview at this time as alternative dates cannot always be offered. The aim of the interview is to assess your personal qualities and to find out whether you have the potential to become a successful member of the dental profession. In this context, strong interpersonal and communication skills are most important, particularly when you consider the relationships, which dentists need to build with their patients. If you are made an offer for dentistry you will be invited to attend one of our post-offer open days.
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). For 2012 entry, approximately 10 per cent of our five-year programme dental students were graduates.
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. Examination 're-mark' policy: Conditional offer holders must supply to the College all complete examination results (including final grades) by 1 September of the year of entry. For example, conditional offer holders who initially do not meet their offer may apply for an A-level re-mark. If official notification of any change to the final grade is supplied to the College no later than 1 September and this change meets the initial offer, the offer holder can begin the programme that academic year. Without exception, if the improved re-marked examination result is supplied to the Student Admissions Office after 1 September, a deferred offer of a place will be made.
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
Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.
As a dental student at King's you would be taught by internationally renowned staff at an institution that combines teaching and research at some of the country's most famous teaching hospitals: Guy's, King's & St Thomas'.
The Dental Institute was awarded the highest scores in all six areas of assessment when the Quality Assurance Agency carried out a subject review in 2000, with an overall score of 24/24 being awarded. It received a 5-star rating for Research in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (the highest national rating). On the basis of these assessments, the Dental Institute can claim to be the best in the country.
The King's dental degree programme, in line with General Dental Council recommendations, incorporates the latest thinking in dental education, early clinical exposure, an emphasis on ideas as well as facts, integrated teaching of all subjects with an emphasis on a systems approach, and a dimension of choice of special subjects by the student. The integrated nature of the programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. You will have contact with patients from the first few weeks of the first year and will be encouraged to assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage. The programme emphasises whole patient care, which implies consideration of the patients total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of items of treatment. Most of the teaching is carried out in small groups where students and staff get to know each other well. The fact that the Dental Institute is the largest in the country with a total intake (for all programmes) of 164 students brings many advantages, including expertise in all areas of dentistry.
Structure overview The programme has three main components. The first consists of subjects common to medicine and dentistry, progressing from biomedical sciences, through behavioural sciences, epidemiology, pathology and microbiology to human disease. The second includes oral and dental aspects of the biological sciences leading to an understanding of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases and disorders and the effects of systemic disease on the oral and dental tissues. The third component consists of the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry with the provision of comprehensive oral and dental healthcare for patients of all ages. These components are vertically integrated with a larger proportion of basic sciences at first and a larger clinical component at the end.
Throughout the five years of the programme you will, in addition to acquiring the practical skills necessary to become a dentist, acquire communication skills, personal management skills, information technology skills and an appreciation and analysis of ethical and legal issues in dentistry.
Assessment Examinations are held at the end of each year, and a percentage of the marks for each examination are derived from in-course assessment, which may take the form of essays, practical tests or project work.
Intercalated BSc At the end of year three, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc degree which allows you to pursue the subjects of your choice in greater depth. The advantage of studying at a multifaculty institution such as King's is that modules can be taken in a wide variety of subjects. For example, you may wish to study clinically relevant subjects and related topics such as health services management or psychology as well as more traditional subjects, such as neuroscience and biochemistry. You can even include a foreign language.
Further information Information about applying to the programme can be found under the 'applying' tab, and there is also a PDF of frequently asked questions which can be accessed from the 'further information' tab.
The King’s dental degree programme, in line with General Dental Council recommendations, incorporates the latest thinking in dental education – early clinical exposure, an emphasis on ideas as well as facts, integrated teaching of all subjects with an emphasis on a systems approach, and a dimension of choice of special subjects by the student. The integrated nature of the programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. You will have contact with patients from the first few weeks of the first year and will be encouraged to assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage. The programme emphasises whole patient care, which implies consideration of the patients’ total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of items of treatment. Most of the teaching is carried out in small groups where students and staff get to know each other well. The fact that the Institute is the largest in the country with a total intake (for all programmes) of 164 students brings many advantages, including expertise in all areas of dentistry.
While preparing you for a professional vocation, a degree in Dentistry involves studying healthcare, clinical techniques and the properties and uses of dental materials. Dentists need a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the body, particularly the head and neck, as well as an understanding of how the rest of the body functions, and the disease processes that may affect it. See each programme entry for further details.
For the standard five-year programme, the majority of your first three years will be spent at the Guy’s Campus where biomedical sciences are taught alongside applied dental science. In the last two years students divide their time more evenly between the Guy’s and King’s Denmark Hill campuses. Final-year students will also visit the St Thomas’ Campus and the new Outreach Centre at Portsmouth University.
Health clearance Any offer of a place at King's is subject to satisfactory health clearance coordinated by our Occupational Health Service. This is:
to ensure that you are medically fit to practise for the proposed course of study;
to advise, where necessary, on any reasonable adjustments, so that any underlying health problem is not made worse by work;
to ensure that you do not have a medical condition which could pose a risk to your safety or to that of your colleagues, patients or members of the public;
to help us identify if there is a risk of developing a work related illness from any hazards in the proposed workplace.
It is recommended that all students are appropriately protected against chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), meningitis C and tuberculosis prior to enrolment. Also, the Department of Health has recently published new guidelines for healthcare workers. These guidelines recommend that all new healthcare workers involved in exposure prone procedures (EPPs) should be routinely tested for HIV antibody, in addition to hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody prior to receiving health clearance. Consequently, as well as needing to have blood tests for hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody, as a prospective dental student, King's now require you to have a blood test to determine your HIV antibody status. The final health clearance decision on your admission to (or continued enrolment on) the programme will be decided by the Dental Institute based upon recommendations from the Occupational Health Service. Applicants with disabilities/ special needs King’s is keen to encourage applicants from all sections of the community, including those with disabilities/special needs. If you are thinking of applying and you have a disability or health condition, you are welcome to visit King’s for an information visit before you apply. As the dental programmes lead to professional registration, in accordance with General Dental Council guidance, students with disabilities can be admitted provided their disability would not prevent them from completing all parts of the dental programme and thus restrict their dental practice to certain activities. When you tell us about a disability/special need, it will not be considered in the main selection procedure. If you are offered a place and accept it as your firm choice you will be referred to Occupational Health who will make a formal assessment, as part of the normal Occupational Health appointment and clearance. The Dental Institute will make a final decision based on their recommendations. Any details on your disability/special needs will assist the College in providing support during your programme. Criminal Records Bureau Clearance All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure, and registration with, and clearance by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS form if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.
Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
After a one-week introductory course to prepare you for study at university and on the dentistry programme in particular, the remainder of the year is spent studying biomedical sciences and topics relevant to the practice of dentistry. Much effort has been put into making this year absolutely relevant to dentistry. Basic topics such as molecular and cell biology, and basic human systems specific to dentistry, will be covered. Throughout the year a course on applied dental science will introduce you to the clinical aspects of dental studies and show the relevance of the basic sciences. This popular course will introduce you to all aspects of clinical dentistry and haptic technology.
The second year concentrates on the introduction and development of basic dental clinical skills. A state-of-the-art clinical skills facility allows the learning of necessary skills in a safe and non-threatening environment. You will treat patients in the associated NHS trusts with minor gum problems in the first term and in the third term you will begin the restorative care of your own patients to whom you will offer dental care for your whole time at King's College London.
Linked to the practical clinical courses will be biomedical science subjects such as anatomy of the head and neck, oral biology, and you will also develop an understanding of all aspects of the nervous system relevant to dentistry. During this year you will begin learning about all aspects of human disease and this strand of learning will continue for the remainder of your time on the dental programme. This will include topics such as pathology, microbiology and general medicine.
In the third year you continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and this is a major topic in the year. Another major subject area for this year is the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn how this can be done using fixed and removable prostheses including dental implants. There is a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how they are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. Much time each week is devoted to the clinical care of patients in restorative dentistry that will include specific teaching in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also begin to learn about and carry out the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.
This is a busy year in which you really begin to establish yourself as a dentist. Intercalated degree
At the end of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc degree which allows you to pursue the subjects of your choice in greater depth. The advantage of studying at a multi-faculty institution such as King's is that intercalated degrees can be taken in a wide variety of subjects. For example, you may wish to study clinically relevant subjects and related topics such as health services management or psychology as well as more traditional subjects, such as neuroscience and biochemistry. You can even include a foreign language.
In the fourth year of the programme you spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and carry out more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year major courses in periodontology, child dental healthcare and orthodontics are provided to give you a strong foundation in the subjects.
Time is also spent providing comprehensive care to adult patients. This will continue in Year 5. As you become more proficient at dentistry, patients will be treated under conscious sedation. Learning continues in the human disease strand of the curriculum and you are introduced to an ongoing course in oral disease that will incorporate pathology and medicine directly relevant to disease in and around the mouth. You will be able to treat many patients with more complex dental problems during this year, with specialist teachers on hand to guide you.
The final year of the programme is very much a consolidation year of all you have learned up to this time. You will continue to provide comprehensive dental care for adult and child patients. A specific feature of this programme is the opportunity to work on a regular basis at purpose-built clinics away from the main campus. At these you will work directly with a dental nurse and other dental care professionals, in particular dental hygienists and therapists, learning to work as a team leader in the provision of dental care for your patients.
There is an opportunity each week to spend some time learning about a chosen topic to allow you to develop knowledge of an area in even greater detail than covered in the normal programme. This could include any area in dentistry and there is also the opportunity to learn a new language through the Language Centre of King's College London. There is an elective period of study when you are given the chance to travel anywhere in the United Kingdom, or the world, to learn about how dental care is provided in that region. Limited funding is offered by the College to undertake this period of study away from London. The final year is designed to allow you to develop as a dentist and to ease your transition, upon qualification, into vocational training and general professional training. It also offers the opportunity to flavor the specialist areas of dentistry that may encourage you to specialise after general professional training.
A variety of career pathways are open to new dental graduates. The final career for many graduates is general practice, although a minority may aim to be a consultant in the hospital dental service, a senior clinical academic in a teaching hospital, or a specialist practitioner. Invariably newly qualified graduates will enter practice by way of a vocational training scheme. Vocational Dental Practitioners (VDPs) work in a general practice under supervision and have a day release course of lectures and demonstrations building on the undergraduate degree and giving instruction in all aspects of practice management. After this year, successful VDPs can begin work as an associate in a practice, later starting or purchasing their own practice. A further group of newly qualified graduates may enter the community dental service where the emphasis is on the prevention of dental problems in the community and looking after priority groups such as those with medical problems, the elderly or young children.
"At King’s we are taught by leading experts in our respective subjects. My tutors write my textbooks, which are used as standard texts in universities all around the world. Besides this, King’s is also located in the heart of London"
"The approachable and highly competent teaching staff at King's as well as the good learning facilities has helped ease my transition from working to studying. What I particularly enjoy about my course is the emphasis on practical work, with early and extensive exposure to real patients."
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
Laboratory year fees (applicable to year 1) £21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
Clinical year fees (applicable to years 2-5) £37,350 p.a. (2016/17)**
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*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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