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Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc

UCAS code: A900

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
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. The course is designed to integrate with the undergraduate BDS programme, offering students the opportunity of co-training. The benefits of inter-professional education complements the GDC's expectations in education of the future dental team.

Key benefits

  • Ranked 1st in the UK for Dentistry (QS rankings 2021), 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.
  • State-of-the-art simulated, clinical and technical facilities
  • Partnership with the world-famous hospitals: Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ hospitals
Professor Kim Piper

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.   This programme has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a paper-based submission. The GDC Quality Assurance Team will carry out a non-site inspection of the programme and examinations prior to the first cohort of students qualifying, where approval for the purposes of registration with the GDC will be assessed by an expert panel of inspectors. This is the process for all new dental care professional (DCP) programmes.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences 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, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

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 can also based at: West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre and King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill; Westmoor, Brocklebank, Akerman, Lister and Jubilee

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade B in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.

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 include grade B in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Notes: If Mathematics is being used to meet one of the subject requirements, then we cannot consider Further Mathematics as the third A-Level. If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

32 points including 555 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry or Biology, in addition to grade 5 in Higher Level in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. For applicants studying the new IB curriculum, we can accept either Mathematics – Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics – Applications and Interpretations. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

You will also need:

 

GCSE/IGCSE Requirements

Five required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language.

 

Notes:

 

Functional Skills, and Numeracy/Literacy modules studied within an Access to HE diploma, are not accepted for this programme to meet the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.

 

If you are an international student who does not study GCSEs/IGCSEs or IB Standard Level/Middle Years as part of your qualifications, then we would not expect you to have met this requirement. However, we will look for evidence of the equivalency in your studies.

 

Overseas fee status

 

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application. We are unable to complete a fee assessment until we have received an application via UCAS.

 

Meeting deadlines

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offerholders 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: D

Selection process

We review the whole of the application including achieved/predicted grades, GCSE/IGCSE performance (where applicable), personal statement and reference. Further contextual consideration and eligible mitigating circumstances are reviewed to finalise interview eligibility.

The interview period generally runs from December to April, and we aim to send out invites via King's Apply with at least two weeks notice of an interview date. It is likely that invites will not be sent out until the earliest March. Spaces are limited, therefore, we will consider reschedule requests on a case-by-case basis, however, please note that we may be unable to accommodate all requests.

Due to the number of spaces on this programme, the majority of applicants who are invited to interview will be placed on hold until we have conducted all interviews. All decisions will be released by the UCAS decision deadline in May.

In the most recent admissions cycle for which we have complete data, we interviewed approximately 150 applicants and made around 50 offers on the programme. We received just under 800 applications.

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

Please note, any applications which are received after this deadline will be made unsuccessful.

 

Further information

Age restrictions

King’s is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on 1st January on the first year of the Dental Therapy programme. This is due to a minimum age requirement for placements. Applicants who will not be 18 by the 1st January of the first year of the degree, should submit an application the following year.

Contextual consideration

We do not make contextual offers for this programme, and all applicants will be required to meet the standard entry requirements. However, as part of the assessment process, we do take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Criminal conviction disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. 

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then due to the small number of spaces, we are generally unable to permit these for this programme. Therefore, you should ensure where possible you apply for deferred entry, or you wait to apply in the following year. We understand that a request to defer after offer may be due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons, and we will consider each deferral request on a case-by-case basis. However, we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

Foundation Degrees, Certificate in Higher Education, Diploma in Higher Education

Applicants studying/who have studied either a Foundation Degree, or a Cert HE, or Dip HE are welcome to apply for this programme, as long as the subject requirements are met. To meet the subject requirements, there must be at least one third of the content of the FDeg, Cert HE, Dip HE in Biology or Chemistry, and at least another one third in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. We would be looking for a high grade profile of at least 60% overall and 60% in the required subjects. 

Graduates

Graduates who have achieved/are predicted to achieve any Bachelor degree at UK 2:1/upper second class honours level can apply to this programme, provided they have achieved/are predicted to achieve a minimum grade B in A-Level (or equivalent) Biology or Chemistry, and grade B in A-Level (or equivalent) in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology. We can also consider those who have achieved a 2:2/lower second class honours Bachelor degree, and have additionally achieved/are predicted to achieve a Master's degree with at least a merit grade profile, as long as the above stated A-level grades have been achieved/are predicted to be achieved.

Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level (or equivalent) in the subjects.  As part of the application, the Admissions team may request further information to assess whether the level of Biology and Chemistry is sufficient.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

During the 2021/22 admissions cycle, interviews were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers due to the Coronavirus situation. In previous years, interviews have taken the form of Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs), with six interviewers.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed before the end of October and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

Personal Statement

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 therapy 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 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, e.g. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college 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 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 dental therapy professional.

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 dental therapy.

Resits

The University has currently implemented a suspension of the resit policies due to the Coronavirus situation, which is in place for all undergraduate programmes. This has now been extended, therefore, this means that all our standard resit policies will pause for applications received in the 2021/22 admissions cycle.

The below is the standard resit policy for this programme and is expected to be reintroduced from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.

In a standard admissions cycle, you should bear in mind that your application for this programme will be reviewed alongside other strong applicants who might be viewed more favourably if they achieved the required grades within a standard timeframe, for example, a two year period for A-levels.

Applicants who apply with resits will only be considered where there are mitigating circumstances for resitting. We consider applicants who have recently achieved grades which are below the entry criteria, and have subsequently studied/are studying another qualification to seek entry, such as an Access to HE Diploma or a Foundation programme, to be resit applicants. A mitigating circumstances form should be submitted via the Mitigating Circumstances website at the same time you submit your application.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

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 team work and the Dental Therapists/Hygienists.

 

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, structured clinical reasoning examination, clinical competence assessments, 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.

    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. The programme is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 360 credits over 3 years. · Year one comprises modules (all required modules) totaling 120 credits · Year two comprises modules (all required modules) totaling 120 credits · Year three comprises modules (all required modules) totaling 120 credits

    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 2022-2023 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:

    • Accommodation and subsistence expenses
    • 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 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total:. Variable

    Funding

    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.   This programme has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a paper-based submission. The GDC Quality Assurance Team will carry out a non-site inspection of the programme and examinations prior to the first cohort of students qualifying, where approval for the purposes of registration with the GDC will be assessed by an expert panel of inspectors. This is the process for all new dental care professional (DCP) programmes.

    Base campuses

    campus guys
    Guy’s Campus

    The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences 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, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    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 can also based at: West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre and King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill; Westmoor, Brocklebank, Akerman, Lister and Jubilee

    Awarding Institutions

    kcl logo

    King's College London and Affiliates

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Subject requirements

    Required subjects:
    A-level (or equivalent) grade B in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.

    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 include grade B in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Notes: If Mathematics is being used to meet one of the subject requirements, then we cannot consider Further Mathematics as the third A-Level. If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

    International Baccalaureate

    32 points including 555 at Higher Level.

    Must include grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry or Biology, in addition to grade 5 in Higher Level in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. For applicants studying the new IB curriculum, we can accept either Mathematics – Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics – Applications and Interpretations. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

    You will also need:

     

    GCSE/IGCSE Requirements

    Five required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language.

     

    Notes:

     

    Functional Skills, and Numeracy/Literacy modules studied within an Access to HE diploma, are not accepted for this programme to meet the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.

     

    If you are an international student who does not study GCSEs/IGCSEs or IB Standard Level/Middle Years as part of your qualifications, then we would not expect you to have met this requirement. However, we will look for evidence of the equivalency in your studies.

     

    Overseas fee status

     

    Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application. We are unable to complete a fee assessment until we have received an application via UCAS.

     

    Meeting deadlines

    In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offerholders 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.

    Alternative accepted qualifications

    Standard requirements

    International applicants

    Equivalent International qualifications

    Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

    English language requirements

    English language band: D

    Selection process

    We review the whole of the application including achieved/predicted grades, GCSE/IGCSE performance (where applicable), personal statement and reference. Further contextual consideration and eligible mitigating circumstances are reviewed to finalise interview eligibility.

    The interview period generally runs from December to April, and we aim to send out invites via King's Apply with at least two weeks notice of an interview date. It is likely that invites will not be sent out until the earliest March. Spaces are limited, therefore, we will consider reschedule requests on a case-by-case basis, however, please note that we may be unable to accommodate all requests.

    Due to the number of spaces on this programme, the majority of applicants who are invited to interview will be placed on hold until we have conducted all interviews. All decisions will be released by the UCAS decision deadline in May.

    In the most recent admissions cycle for which we have complete data, we interviewed approximately 150 applicants and made around 50 offers on the programme. We received just under 800 applications.

    Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

    Please note, any applications which are received after this deadline will be made unsuccessful.

     

    Further information

    Age restrictions

    King’s is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on 1st January on the first year of the Dental Therapy programme. This is due to a minimum age requirement for placements. Applicants who will not be 18 by the 1st January of the first year of the degree, should submit an application the following year.

    Contextual consideration

    We do not make contextual offers for this programme, and all applicants will be required to meet the standard entry requirements. However, as part of the assessment process, we do take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

    Criminal conviction disclosure

    Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. 

    Deferrals

    Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

    If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then due to the small number of spaces, we are generally unable to permit these for this programme. Therefore, you should ensure where possible you apply for deferred entry, or you wait to apply in the following year. We understand that a request to defer after offer may be due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons, and we will consider each deferral request on a case-by-case basis. However, we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

    Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again.

    Foundation courses

    Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

    We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

    Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

    Foundation Degrees, Certificate in Higher Education, Diploma in Higher Education

    Applicants studying/who have studied either a Foundation Degree, or a Cert HE, or Dip HE are welcome to apply for this programme, as long as the subject requirements are met. To meet the subject requirements, there must be at least one third of the content of the FDeg, Cert HE, Dip HE in Biology or Chemistry, and at least another one third in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. We would be looking for a high grade profile of at least 60% overall and 60% in the required subjects. 

    Graduates

    Graduates who have achieved/are predicted to achieve any Bachelor degree at UK 2:1/upper second class honours level can apply to this programme, provided they have achieved/are predicted to achieve a minimum grade B in A-Level (or equivalent) Biology or Chemistry, and grade B in A-Level (or equivalent) in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology. We can also consider those who have achieved a 2:2/lower second class honours Bachelor degree, and have additionally achieved/are predicted to achieve a Master's degree with at least a merit grade profile, as long as the above stated A-level grades have been achieved/are predicted to be achieved.

    Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level (or equivalent) in the subjects.  As part of the application, the Admissions team may request further information to assess whether the level of Biology and Chemistry is sufficient.

    Interviews

    Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

    During the 2021/22 admissions cycle, interviews were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers due to the Coronavirus situation. In previous years, interviews have taken the form of Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs), with six interviewers.

    Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed before the end of October and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

    We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

    Occupational Health clearance

    Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

    Personal Statement

    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 therapy 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 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, e.g. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

    Communication skills and the ability to work successfully in a team are of great importance. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college 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 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 dental therapy professional.

    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 dental therapy.

    Resits

    The University has currently implemented a suspension of the resit policies due to the Coronavirus situation, which is in place for all undergraduate programmes. This has now been extended, therefore, this means that all our standard resit policies will pause for applications received in the 2021/22 admissions cycle.

    The below is the standard resit policy for this programme and is expected to be reintroduced from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.

    In a standard admissions cycle, you should bear in mind that your application for this programme will be reviewed alongside other strong applicants who might be viewed more favourably if they achieved the required grades within a standard timeframe, for example, a two year period for A-levels.

    Applicants who apply with resits will only be considered where there are mitigating circumstances for resitting. We consider applicants who have recently achieved grades which are below the entry criteria, and have subsequently studied/are studying another qualification to seek entry, such as an Access to HE Diploma or a Foundation programme, to be resit applicants. A mitigating circumstances form should be submitted via the Mitigating Circumstances website at the same time you submit your application.

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    Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

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    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 team work and the Dental Therapists/Hygienists.

     

    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, structured clinical reasoning examination, clinical competence assessments, 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.

      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. The programme is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 360 credits over 3 years. · Year one comprises modules (all required modules) totaling 120 credits · Year two comprises modules (all required modules) totaling 120 credits · Year three comprises modules (all required modules) totaling 120 credits

      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 2022-2023 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:

      • Accommodation and subsistence expenses
      • 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 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total:. Variable

      Funding

      Key information

      Course type:
      Single honours
      Delivery mode:
      Classroom
      Study mode:
      Full time
      Duration:
      Three years
      Application status:
      Closed
      Start date:
      September 2022
      Application deadline:
      26 January 2022
      Apply via UCAS

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