Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates

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BDS

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Full Time

| UCAS code: A204
Three-year dental degree programme in the heart of London designed specifically for a very limited number of qualified doctors wishing to pursue a career in either oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology.

KEY BENEFITS
  • 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
A204
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Three years
Location
Guy's, King's Denmark Hill and St Thomas' Campuses, and Portsmouth University
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Dental Institute
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
King’s College London
Capital House
Guy’s Campus
London SE1 3QD
Email
Tel
020 7848 7966/7967
Fax
020 7848 6510


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This programme is designed specifically for a very limited number of qualified doctors wishing to pursue a career in either oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology.

Students admitted to this programme will be exempt from the first two years of the standard five-year programme A205 on the basis of their previous studies. Students will undertake a two- to three-week preparatory course in September 2014 before joining year three of the five-year BDS programme.

There is additional information about selection for this programme under the 'applying' tab.




ABOUT THE Dental Institute

CAREERS
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.

TEACHING STYLE
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.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
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.

LOCATION
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.

SPECIAL NOTES
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.

YEAR 1
Students admitted to this programme will be exempt from the first two years of the standard five-year programme A205 on the basis of their previous studies. Students will undertake a two- to three-week preparatory course in September 2014 before joining year three of the five-year BDS programme. 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.


YEAR 2
See Year 3 of the BDS programme.

YEAR 3
See Year 4 of the BDS programme.

YEAR 4
See Year 5 of the BDS programme.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Austria
Belgium
Certificat D
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Belgium
Brazil
Brazil
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Brazil
Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Bulgaria
Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Canada .
Chile
Chile
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from China
Cyprus
Apolytirion
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Denmark

Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office

Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Finland
France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from France
Germany
Abitur

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Germany

Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.

Greece
Apolytirion

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Greece

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with the HKDSE

Hungary
Erettsegi

See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Hungary

India
School Leaving Certificate
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from India
Iran
School Leaving Certificate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Ireland
No information found.
Italy
Esame di Stato
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Italy
Japan
School Leaving Certificate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Malaysia
Malaysia
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Malaysia
Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from the Netherlands
New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Nigeria
Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Poland
Matura
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Poland
Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Portugal
Romania
School Leaving Certificate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Russia
Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Singapore
Singapore A Level
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Singapore
Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
See our Entry Requirements for applicants with qualifications from Spain
Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
United Kingdom
European Baccalaureate
See our International Entry requirements page for further details and contact information for the Admissions Office.
USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
UKCAT is not required for this programme (please note this correction from the printed prospectus)
General statement
Applicants must be qualified doctors (registered with the UK General Medical Council) who have completed Foundation Years 1 and 2, and wish to pursue a career in either oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology.

NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Required for successful applicants
Occupational Health clearance required?
Required for successful applicants

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Further advice is given within each programme entry; however, the notes below apply to all programmes within the Dental Institute.

Student profiles

Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates BDS
'It was during my two years of Foundation doctor training that I developed a passion for surgery, particularly that of the head and neck. I chose King's for various reasons. I was particularly excited about living in the vibrant and cosmopolitan environment that London presented and furthermore the King's programme had financial advantages by offering NHS funding after the first year.

Since I have been at King's, I have been impressed by its resources and levels of academic achievement and research. I am privileged to be taught by people of such eminence in their fields and have been enveloped in the wealth of experience and ambition of my colleagues and teachers. As a mature student, I feel greatly supported by my tutors and faculty both academically and pastorally.

Particularly challenging are the physical demands and balancing a full-time and rather intense shortened programme with concurrent locum work. Most doctors anticipate a lifetime of study and exams, so this is not the greatest revelation! I do, however, find time for an energetic ballet lesson once a week with King's Dance Society and visits to the West Country for a spot of sea air and surf!'