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Our Dentistry BDS programme combines the very latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. You will be taught by internationally-renowned staff and exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.
UCAS code A205
Duration Five years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations The BDS Programme is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2013.
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 AAAAB 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: October 15 2016 for 2017 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.
Our 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 covers the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry with the provision of comprehensive oral and dental healthcare for patients of all ages. Throughout your degree, the balance of teaching will shift from theoretical and academic science to practical and clinical experience.
Our curriculum enables students to assist in the dental care of patients from year one and assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage.
The final two years of the programme are designed to give students extensive clinical exposure with structured placements for practice in the community, as part of a dental team, providing care in diverse settings.
The integrated nature of our programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding.
Our programme emphasises whole patient care, which requires consideration of the patients’ total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of individual items of treatment.
Our working environment is structured into cross-year undergraduate teams so that students benefit from working and studying with the same group of teachers and peers throughout their time at the Dental Institute.
You will be assessed through written and practical examinations at the end of each year of the programme. You will be required to submit in-course assessments e.g. poster presentations, online tests, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the programme.
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.
After a one-week introductory course, you will spend the remainder of Year 1 studying biomedical sciences and topics relevant to the practice of dentistry.
Throughout the year, you will be introduced to the clinical aspects of dentistry and dental technology and shown the relevance of basic science.
The following topics comprise the year 1 module:
Year 2 concentrates on the introduction and development of basic dental clinical skills. You will treat patients with minor problems and progress to start the restorative care of your own patients.
Linked to the practical clinical courses will be biomedical science subjects, such as anatomy of the head and neck, and oral biology. You will also develop an understanding of all aspects of the nervous system relevant to dentistry.
During this year, you will begin to learn about human disease and this strand of learning will continue for the remainder of your time on our programme by studying topics such as pathology, microbiology and immunology.
The following topics comprise the year 2 module:
In Year 3, you will continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and study the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn about fixed and removable prostheses, such as dental implants. There is also a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how prostheses are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. You will devote significant time each week to the clinical care of patients including tuition in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also begin to learn about and perform the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.
At the end of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated year for a BSc degree which allows you to pursue a subject of your choice in greater depth.
The following topics comprise the year 3 module:
In Year 4, you will spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and perform more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year, you will gain a strong foundation in periodontology, child dental healthcare and orthodontics.
As you become more proficient at dentistry, you will treat patients 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 relevant to disease in and around the mouth. Under the supervision of specialist teachers, you will be able to treat patients with more complex dental problems.
The following topics comprise the year 4 module:
The final year consolidates all you have learned up to this point. You will continue to provide comprehensive dental care for adult and child patients. A specific feature of our programme, our structured placements enable you to work on a regular basis at purpose-built clinics away from the main campus amongst diverse patient populations. There, you will gain valuable experience working in a dental team with dental nurses, hygienists and therapists to prepare yourself effectively for Dental Foundation Training and future practice.
The following topics comprise the year 5 module:
A variety of career pathways are open to new dental graduates. The career path for many graduates is general practice, with others aiming to be consultants in the hospital dental service, senior clinical academics in a teaching hospital, or specialist practitioners. In every case, newly-qualified graduates will enter practice by way of Dental Foundation Training. Foundation Dentists (FDs) work in a Training 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 FDs can begin work as an associate in a practice.
The immense support from teachers and amazing clinical facilities allow me to hone my practical skills and academia. The well-structured programme is a great way for students to get hands on in year one, and it shows us why we have chosen this rewarding career as we get to interact with patients so early!
I chose to study at King's due to the unparalleled clinical teaching where we begin caring for patients from our second year. From mountain climbing, feeding the homeless, to mentoring sixth formers, every moment has contributed towards a great sense of achievement and personal development.
The support from tutors is fantastic, and I feel honoured when I walk into our amazing facilities to be taught by those who write the textbooks. I love the opportunities from the football team, to the Diwali show, to committees and running a national student charity.
"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."
Staff and students from the Dental Institute discuss the numerous benefits of studying Dentistry at King's College London.
Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£39,200 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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