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Overview

Our Dentistry BDS course combines the latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. You will be taught by internationally-renowned staff and exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree course with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • State-of-the-art clinical and technical facilities.
  • Cross-year team structure.
  • Largest dental school in the UK graduating over 150 dentists a year.
  • Partnership with the world-famous hospitals: Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’.
  • Taught alongside Dental Therapy & Hygiene students. 
  • Opportunity to intercalate a BSc degree.

 

Key information

UCAS code A205

Duration Five years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations The BDS course is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2019.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

Locations

 

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Course detail

Description

Teaching

The integrated nature of our course means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. Our course emphasises whole patient care, which requires consideration of the patients’ total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of individual items of treatment.

Our course has three main components. The first consists of subjects common to medicine and dentistry, progressing from biomedical sciences including behavioural sciences, epidemiology, pathology and microbiology to human disease. The second includes oral and dental aspects of the biological sciences leading to an understanding of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases and disorders, and the effects of systemic disease on the oral and dental tissues. The third covers the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry with the provision of comprehensive oral and dental healthcare for patients of all ages.

Our curriculum enables students to assist in the dental care of patients from year one and assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage. Throughout your degree, the balance of teaching will shift from theoretical and academic science to practical and clinical experience. The final three years of the course are designed to give students extensive clinical exposure with structured placements for practice in the community, as part of a dental team, providing care in diverse settings.

Our working environment is structured into cross-year undergraduate teams so that students benefit from working and studying with the same group of teachers and peers throughout their time at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences. 

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on clinic

Year 1

30%

66%

4%

Year 2

34%

56%

10%

Year 3

11%

34%

55%

Year 4

16%

27%

57%

Year 5

31%

7%

62%

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.

Whilst there is ongoing in-course assessment throughout the programme which must be passed, the written and clinical examinations contribute 100% 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

After a one-week introductory course, you will spend the remainder of year one studying biomedical sciences and topics relevant to the practice of dentistry.

Throughout the year, you will be introduced to the clinical aspects of dentistry and dental technology and shown the relevance of basic science.

Required Modules

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

Biomedicine in Relation to Dentistry 1

Biochemistry, Physiology, Tissues & Organs

Biomedicine in Relation to Dentistry 2

Head & Neck Anatomy, Oral & Craniofacial Biology

Clinical Humanities & Wellbeing

Dentistry in Society

Person-centred communication, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Dental Public Health, professionalism, management & leadership

Introduction to Clinical Skills

Radiology

Student Selected Component

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 2

Year two concentrates on the introduction and development of basic dental clinical skills. You will treat patients with minor problems and progress to start the restorative care of your own patients.

During this year, you will begin to learn about human disease and this strand of learning will continue for the remainder of your time on our course by studying topics such as pathology, microbiology and immunology.

Required Modules

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

Clinical Humanities & Wellbeing

Care of the Dental Patient, Professionalism in Healthcare

Clinical Skills – the foundations

Conservative & Minimal Intervention, Oral Surgery, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Radiology

Dentistry in Society

Person-centred communication, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Dental Public Health, professionalism, management & leadership

Human Health & Disease

Human Disease, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Student Selected Component
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 3

In year three, you will develop your restorative skills including fixed and removable prostheses, such as dental implants. There is also a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how prostheses are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. You will devote significant time each week to the clinical care of patients including tuition in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also develop your minor oral surgery skills. At the end of year three, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated year for a BSc degree which allows you to pursue a subject of your choice in greater depth.

Required Modules

Year three comprises modules totaling 180 credits which include the following topics:

Biomedicine in Relation to Dentistry 3

Dental Materials

Clinical Skills for Practice

Clinical Humanities and Well Being

Dentistry in Society

Person-centred communication, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Dental Public Health, professionalism, management & leadership

 Maintenance and Restoration of Adult Oral Health

Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry

Maintenance and Restoration of Child and Vulnerable Adults Oral Health

Orthodontics, Paediatrics, Special Care Dentistry

Student Selected Component

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 4

In year four, you will spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and perform more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year, you will gain a strong foundation in periodontology, child and vulnerable adults oral healthcare and orthodontics.

As you become more proficient at dentistry, you will treat patients under conscious sedation. Learning continues in the human disease strand of the curriculum and you are introduced to an ongoing course in oral disease that will incorporate pathology and medicine relevant to disease in and around the mouth. Under the supervision of specialist teachers, you will be able to treat patients with more complex dental problems.

Required Modules

Year four comprises modules totaling 180 credits which include the following topics:

Clinical Humanities and Wellbeing

Clinical Skills for Practice

Dentistry in Society

Person-centred communication, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Dental Public Health, professionalism, management & leadership

Human Health & Disease

Microbiology, Oral Medicine, Pathology, Radiology

Maintenance and Restoration of Adult Oral Health

Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry

Maintenance and Restoration of Child and Vulnerable Oral Health

Orthodontics, Paediatrics, Special Care Dentistry
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 5

The final year consolidates all you have learned up to this point. You will continue to provide comprehensive dental care for adult and child patients. A specific feature of our programme, our structured placements enable you to work on a regular basis at purpose-built clinics away from the main campus amongst diverse patient populations. There, you will gain valuable experience working in a dental team with dental nurses, hygienists and therapists to prepare yourself effectively for Dental Foundation Training and future practice.

Year five comprises modules totaling 180 credits which include the following topics:

Clinical Humanities & Wellbeing

Clinical Skills for Practice

Dentistry in Society

Person-centred communication, Social & Behavioural Sciences, Dental Public Health, professionalism, management & leadership

Integrated Practice

Maintenance and Restoration of Adult Oral Health

Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry

Maintenance and Restoration of Child/Vulnerable Groups Oral Health

Orthodontics, Paediatrics, Special Care Dentistry

Student Selected Component (Elective)

There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

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.

Additionally: All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Additionally: All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

Required grades

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered with:

45 Level 3 credits of which 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Additionally: All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

Required grades

D2 D3 D3

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

Additionally: All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Required grades

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Required grades

88% overall

Additionally: All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

 

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Additionally: All applicants must take the UCAT. Please see further details below.

Required subjects

Biology or Chemistry are required, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. GCSE (or equivalent) study of English and Maths is also required. All applicants must take the UCAT (previously known as UKCAT)

Preferred subjects

We have no preferred other subjects, but applicants must note the compulsory subjects

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  A*AA

A typical offer is A*AA 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 6/B in both English Language and 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: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 39 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Additionally, GCSE (or accepted Level 2 equivalents) at Grade 6/B in both English and Mathematics required (or recognised equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U D2 D3 D3

A typical offer is 3 Principal Subjects at D2 D3 D3 including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology as Principal Subjects at D3.

Additionally, grade 6/B in both English and Mathematics, 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)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAA at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

A typical offer is AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A 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 and English also required at Intermediate 2/Standard Credit Grade1 or 2/National 5 with B

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 766 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 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level is required in English and Mathematics if not offered at GCSE.

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

 

The UCAT

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as UKCAT, prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

King’s does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UCAT examination for this course. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, and we do assess for this programme holistically, taking into account all these factors and your performance in the context of your educational background. Examination results and the UCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of assessing applicants.

 

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

5th UCAS choice

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for courses which lead to a professional qualification in dentistry. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to dentistry whether you include a non-health programme choice or not. If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the 'Further information' tab).

Application deadline

October 15th 2019 for September 2020 entry.

EU and international applicants

There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. For international applicants, the UK government places a restriction on the number of entrants. 

Resits

We will consider applications from those who might be resitting one or more of their school qualifications where there are mitigating circumstances. If you are submitting an application when you have retaken exams, you should ensure that your referee includes further information within the application to provide context for the circumstances, and you should submit a mitigating circumstances form and evidence. You can find details on how to submit a claim for mitigating circumstances here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/policies-and-guidance/mitigating-circumstances

Graduate applicants to dentistry

We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study Dentistry. Graduate applicants do not normally have to satisfy the usual A-level or other entry requirements (e.g. you are not expected to have A*AA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is grade B at A-level in Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree. Alternatively, a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master's degree (with at least a merit). Graduates who have a sufficient quantity of Biology or Chemistry as part of their degree may not need the A-Level in this subject.

Graduate applicants who do not wish to be considered for A202 may apply directly to A205 and their application will be considered in the normal way. Graduate applicants can list both A202 and A205 on their UCAS form if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's.

Criminal conviction disclosure

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

Transfer applications: Are you currently studying a subject other than Dentistry?

King’s does not accept transfers onto the Dentistry BDS from other disciplines (either at King’s or another institution). Applicants studying biological sciences or similar are encouraged instead to consider our Graduate Entry Dentistry course.

Age on entry

King’s is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on 1st January on the first year of the Dentistry degree. Applicants who will not be 18 by this date should submit an application the following year.

Are you currently studying Dentistry in the UK?

Transfers into Dentistry will be considered in to the second or third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on the comparable phase at a UK registered Dental School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly with no failed modules.  Candidates may be required to sit the relevant end of year examinations at King’s.

Candidates should contact the Admissions office directly to discuss their desire to transfer.  Places are limited and competition is fierce – candidates will need to demonstrate a compelling reason to need to relocate to London.

Are you studying Dentistry outside of the UK?

Unfortunately transfers from Dental schools outside of the UK are not permitted under any circumstances.  This does include the Republic of Ireland.

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance

Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check

Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities

Any scholastic activity would be considered e.g. general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities

We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account e.g. clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General

We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas e.g. music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation

We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work

Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public e.g. in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes.
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview? Communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related. the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

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.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £43,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions. 

All International applicants to undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £5,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable within 2 weeks from when you firmly accept an offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

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: 3 and 4

£400.00

Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back)

Around £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood)

£2,375.00 or £98.00

Job hunting expenses

£200.00

£200.00

Final year printing of poster for case presentation

£5.00

£5.00

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: 

  • 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.

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

A variety of career pathways are open to new dental graduates. The career path for many graduates is general practice, with others aiming to be consultants in the hospital dental service, senior clinical academics in a teaching hospital, or specialist practitioners. In every case, newly-qualified graduates will enter practice by way of Dental Foundation Training. Foundation Dentists (FDs) work in a Training Practice under supervision and have a day release course of lectures and demonstrations building on the undergraduate degree and gaining instruction in all aspects of practice management. After this year, successful FDs can begin work as an associate in a practice.

 

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