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Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc

UCAS code: A900

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Dental therapists and hygienists work to promote oral health and restore tooth function. From oral disease prevention strategies to direct restorations, you'll experience the intellectual challenges of diagnostics and the technical challenges of treatment in this demanding and hugely rewarding field of healthcare. Our Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc course combines the latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. Taught by internationally-renowned staff, you will be exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.

Key benefits

  • Ranked 1st in the world for Dentistry (QS rankings 2020), the skills and experience of King's graduates are highly valued by practice employers.
  • Co-train with Dentistry BDS students, learning from our highly experienced teaching staff.
  • Rich practical experience with the diverse patient populations of King's College Hospital.
  • Preparation for GDC registration and employment as a dental therapist/hygienist.
  • Inter-disciplinary student-selected components - to acquire skills such as languages and business management.
  • Outreach placements in South East London from year 2 for broad clinical and team-working experience.
Kim Piper square

We are delighted to welcome students onto new innovative curricula which will enable us to educate the dental team of the future to improve global oral health

Professor Kim Piper, Dean for Education, Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

The BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene course will train students to be safe beginner clinicians, prepared for registration with the GDC and employability as a dental therapist.  The programme is studied over three years full-time.  It offers a spiralled modular curriculum using a variety of inspiring evidence-based teaching and assessment methods.   

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Additional locations

London skyline at night

In addition, clinical placements are also based at: West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre and King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Chemistry or Biology is required, plus one of: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. Additionally, five GCSEs are required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language. We are unable to consider Functional Skills to meet GCSE requirements.

A-Levels

Required grades:
BBB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must contain Biology or Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. NOTE: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

lncluding 555 at Higher Level, and including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths (either Analysis & Approaches or Applications & Interpretation) or Psychology at Higher Level at grade 5. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level is required in Mathematics and English Language if not offered at GCSE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: Five GCSEs are required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language. We are unable to consider Functional Skills to meet GCSE requirements.

 

Meeting our requirements

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offer holders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this.

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you. 

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021.

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the 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.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Dentistry programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. The questions asked may look to assess personal values such as kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Other questions may be more specifically related to the profession and look to assess knowledge on topical issues related to dental therapy & hygiene. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station. A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station. As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of dentistry students at King's.

Overseas applicants

This course is not offered to overseas applicants. 

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene course will train students to be safe beginner clinicians, prepared for registration with the GDC and employability as a dental therapist. The programme is studied over three years full-time. It offers a spiralled modular curriculum using a variety of inspiring evidence-based teaching and assessment methods.

Blended learning unites acquisition of knowledge with development of clinical skills and professional values. Scholarship is student and patient-centred, designed for students to experience authentic training through approaches such as enquiry and problem-based learning, embedding employability. Workplace learning ensures students are prepared for a primary care career and are provided with foundations to develop skill-sets in secondary and tertiary care settings, as well as translational career pathways.

Year one establishes the foundations on which clinical practice lie, namely biomedical sciences and developing clinical skills in a simulated setting. This is paralleled by development of personal and professional skills, such as communication strategies and their role in social responsibility.

Year two builds on this skill-set, enabling students to apply it in the real-world within our excellent network of clinical placements and introduces them to the dental specialties, where they will garner appreciation of local and global context.

Year three consolidates learning and fosters competence in technical and leadership skills, whilst developing research skills. Innovation and entrepreneurship is encouraged through self-selected, independent project-based learning in education, business development or research methods.

Our integrated model, where Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc students are trained with Dentistry BDS students, widens the benefits of inter-professional learning and reinforces the value of Dental Therapists/Hygienists.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written (short answer) examination, online (MCQ) examination, poster presentation, OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), structured clinical reasoning examination, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the course.

Coursework contributes approximately 30% and examinations approximately 70% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this website for updates.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene programme embeds employability throughout teaching, learning and assessment which is critical to developing graduates that are ready to enter the healthcare workforce.   

Graduates have a breadth of career opportunities, from the more explicit, such as clinical service or academia, for example, in research and education in higher education institutions, through to the less well trodden.  These might include working in public health for government organisations, e.g. Public Health England and local authorities; regulation and quality assurance, e.g. working for the General Dental Council; or the third sector, e.g. the Oral Health Foundation; as well as private enterprise. 

 

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • alternative venue examination fees
  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

The following gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees. DBS check paid just prior to course entry: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £50.00 - Total: £50.00 DBS ongoing subscription: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £13.00/year after first check - Total: £26.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Up to £200.00 in each year (typically years 2 & 3 of the course) - Total: £400.00 Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £98.00 (West Norwood) - Total: £98.00 Graduation costs: tickets,gown hire etc: Approximate cost (over span of programme). £200.00- Total: £200.00 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total:. Variable

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

The BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene course will train students to be safe beginner clinicians, prepared for registration with the GDC and employability as a dental therapist.  The programme is studied over three years full-time.  It offers a spiralled modular curriculum using a variety of inspiring evidence-based teaching and assessment methods.   

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Dental Institute are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and also provides facilities to the Dental Institute.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Additional locations

London skyline at night

In addition, clinical placements are also based at: West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre and King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Chemistry or Biology is required, plus one of: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. Additionally, five GCSEs are required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language. We are unable to consider Functional Skills to meet GCSE requirements.

A-Levels

Required grades:
BBB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must contain Biology or Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. NOTE: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

lncluding 555 at Higher Level, and including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths (either Analysis & Approaches or Applications & Interpretation) or Psychology at Higher Level at grade 5. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level is required in Mathematics and English Language if not offered at GCSE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: Five GCSEs are required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language. We are unable to consider Functional Skills to meet GCSE requirements.

 

Meeting our requirements

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offer holders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this.

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you. 

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021.

Academic achievement

You should carefully check that you will meet the 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.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. Interviews are held between January and March and you must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Although we recognise that this is an anxious time for you, all applications are carefully considered, and therefore you should not expect a response until the cycle has been completed in early May.

All Dentistry programmes at King’s now use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) for selection. During MMIs candidates are asked to respond to questions relating to a scenario at a ‘station’ and then move onto the next station in a timed circuit. The questions asked may look to assess personal values such as kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Other questions may be more specifically related to the profession and look to assess knowledge on topical issues related to dental therapy & hygiene. Communication skills will be assessed at EACH station. A standardised interviewer assessment score sheet accompanies each station. Interviewers have no prior knowledge of candidates before they meet them at each station. As we are seeking to identify your suitability for a clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of dentistry students at King's.

Overseas applicants

This course is not offered to overseas applicants. 

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene course will train students to be safe beginner clinicians, prepared for registration with the GDC and employability as a dental therapist. The programme is studied over three years full-time. It offers a spiralled modular curriculum using a variety of inspiring evidence-based teaching and assessment methods.

Blended learning unites acquisition of knowledge with development of clinical skills and professional values. Scholarship is student and patient-centred, designed for students to experience authentic training through approaches such as enquiry and problem-based learning, embedding employability. Workplace learning ensures students are prepared for a primary care career and are provided with foundations to develop skill-sets in secondary and tertiary care settings, as well as translational career pathways.

Year one establishes the foundations on which clinical practice lie, namely biomedical sciences and developing clinical skills in a simulated setting. This is paralleled by development of personal and professional skills, such as communication strategies and their role in social responsibility.

Year two builds on this skill-set, enabling students to apply it in the real-world within our excellent network of clinical placements and introduces them to the dental specialties, where they will garner appreciation of local and global context.

Year three consolidates learning and fosters competence in technical and leadership skills, whilst developing research skills. Innovation and entrepreneurship is encouraged through self-selected, independent project-based learning in education, business development or research methods.

Our integrated model, where Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc students are trained with Dentistry BDS students, widens the benefits of inter-professional learning and reinforces the value of Dental Therapists/Hygienists.

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written (short answer) examination, online (MCQ) examination, poster presentation, OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), structured clinical reasoning examination, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the course.

Coursework contributes approximately 30% and examinations approximately 70% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this website for updates.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene programme embeds employability throughout teaching, learning and assessment which is critical to developing graduates that are ready to enter the healthcare workforce.   

Graduates have a breadth of career opportunities, from the more explicit, such as clinical service or academia, for example, in research and education in higher education institutions, through to the less well trodden.  These might include working in public health for government organisations, e.g. Public Health England and local authorities; regulation and quality assurance, e.g. working for the General Dental Council; or the third sector, e.g. the Oral Health Foundation; as well as private enterprise. 

 

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • alternative venue examination fees
  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • graduation costs
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses.
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

The following gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees. DBS check paid just prior to course entry: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £50.00 - Total: £50.00 DBS ongoing subscription: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £13.00/year after first check - Total: £26.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Up to £200.00 in each year (typically years 2 & 3 of the course) - Total: £400.00 Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £98.00 (West Norwood) - Total: £98.00 Graduation costs: tickets,gown hire etc: Approximate cost (over span of programme). £200.00- Total: £200.00 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total:. Variable

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
3 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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