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Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc

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Overview

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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 Dentistry BDS programme, offering students the opportunity of co-training, and preparing you for employment as a GDC registered professional as a key member of the dental practice team

 

Key benefits 

  • Ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for Dentistry*, 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. 

*QS World University Rankings 2019

Key information

UCAS code A900

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations The course is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

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Course detail

Description

Teaching

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.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include written (short answer) examinations, online (MCQ) examinations, poster presentations, OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations), structured clinical reasoning examinations, and 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

Year 1

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.

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. 

 

 

Required Modules

Year one comprises modules totaling 120 credits which include the following topics: 

Biomedicine in relation to Dentistry  

Clinical Humanities and Wellbeing  

Dentistry in Society  

Introduction to Clinical Skills 

Student Selected Component 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 2

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

Year two comprises modules totalling 120 credits which include the following topics:

Clinical Humanities and Wellbeing   

Dentistry in Society  

Foundation of Clinical Skills 

Human Health and Disease  

Restoration and Maintenance of Adult Oral Health  

Restoration and Maintenance of Child and Vulnerable Adults Oral Health 

Student Selected Component
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 3

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. 

 

Required Modules
Year three comprises modules totaling 120 credits which include the following topics: 

Clinical Humanities and Wellbeing   

Dentistry in Society     

Foundation of Clinical Skills 

Restoration and Maintenance of Adult Oral Health  

Restoration and Maintenance of Child and Vulnerable Adults Oral Health 

Student Selected Component
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry 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. We can accept equivalent qualifications to meet GCSE requirements.

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  BBB

A typical offer is BBB at A-Level, including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. Please note that if an applicant is using Maths to meet the subject requirements, we will not be able to accept Further Mathematics as the third A-Level.

Additionally, grade 5/C in Mathematics at GCSE, if not offered at A-level.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 30 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 3 credits

QAA Access to Medical Professions, Health and Science HE Diploma's are considered.

Additionally, GCSE (or accepted Level 2 equivalent) at Grade 5/C in Mathematics is required (or recognised equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2

A typical offer is 3 Principal Subjects at M2 M2 M2 including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology as Principal Subjects at M2.

Additionally, grade 5/C in Mathematics is required, if not offered in your Principal Subjects.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  DDM

In Applied Science. Subjects offered should include Biology (or Human Biology).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  DM

With six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B OR four Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level grade A. 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  M

In Applied Sciences and two A levels at grades BB

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

BBB at Highers

and

BB at Advanced Highers

A typical offer is BBB at Higher in one sitting and BB at Advanced Higher, including grade B in Advanced Higher Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

Maths is also required at Intermediate 2/Standard Credit Grade1 or 2/National 5 with B.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 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 if not offered at GCSE.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry 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.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

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.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional costs/expenses

 The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

 

Item

  Approximate cost (over span of programme)

   Total

DBS check- paid just prior to course entry

  £50.00

   £50.00

DBS ongoing subscription

  £13.00/year after first check

   £52.00

Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s)

  Up to £200.00 in each year

   £400.00

Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back)

  Around £98.00 (West Norwood)

  £98.00

Graduation costs: tickets, gown hire etc.

  £200.00

  £200.00

GDC registration (in year of graduation)

  Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates.

  Variable

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • 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.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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. 

 

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