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Overview

Our Dentistry BDS programme combines the very 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.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree programme with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Ranked 1st in Europe and 4th in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings, 2017).
  • State-of-the-art clinical and technical facilities.
  • Largest dental school in the UK graduating over 160 dentists a year.
  • Partnership with the world-famous hospitals: Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’.
  • 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 Programme is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2013.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute

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Course detail

Description

Our programme has three main components. The first consists of subjects common to medicine and dentistry, progressing from biomedical sciences through 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. Throughout your degree, the balance of teaching will shift from theoretical and academic science to practical and clinical experience.

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.

The final two years of the programme 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.

 

Teaching

The integrated nature of our programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding.

Our programme 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 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 Dental Institute.

Assessment

You will be assessed through written and practical examinations at the end of each year of the programme.  You will be required to submit in-course assessments e.g. poster presentations, online tests, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the programme.

Structure

Year 1

Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates.

After a one-week introductory course, you will spend the remainder of Year 1 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

The following topics comprise the year 1 module:

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Management and Leadership
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Care of the Dental Patient
  • BDS Science - Biomedical Sciences
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Science - Oral and Craniofacial Biology
Optional Modules

Year 2

Year 2 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.

Linked to the practical clinical courses will be biomedical science subjects, such as anatomy of the head and neck, and oral biology. You will also develop an understanding of all aspects of the nervous system relevant to dentistry.

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 programme by studying topics such as pathology, microbiology and immunology.

 

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year 2 module:

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Management and Leadership
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Dental Material Science
  • BDS Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
  • BDS Care of the Dental Patient
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Science -Oral and Craniofacial Biology
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Prosthtodontics
  • BDS Human Disease
Optional Modules

Year 3

In Year 3, you will continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and study the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn about 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 begin to learn about and perform the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.

At the end of Year 3, 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

The following topics comprise the year 3 module:

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Management and Leadership
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Dental Material Science
  • BDS Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Prosthtodontics
  • BDS Human Disease
Optional Modules

Year 4

In Year 4, 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 dental 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

The following topics comprise the year 4 module:

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Disease
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Orthodontics
  • BDS Paediatric Dentistry
  • BDS Outreach (clinical placements)
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.

The following topics comprise the year 5 module:

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Disease
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Special Care Dentistry
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Orthodontics
  • BDS Paediatric Dentistry
  • BDS Outreach (clinical placements)

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 UKCAT. 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 UKCAT. 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 UKCAT. 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 UKCAT. 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 UKCAT. 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 UKCAT. Please see further details below.

Required subjects

Biology and Chemistry are required, as well as GCSE (or equivalent) study of English and Maths. All applicants must take the 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 and Biology.

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).

All applicants must take the UKCAT. Please contact Admissions for any further queries.

Cambridge Pre-U D2 D3 D3

A typical offer is 3 Principle Subjects at D2 D3 D3 including Chemistry and Biology as Principle 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 and Biology (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 and Biology 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 UKCAT

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UKCAT 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 UKCAT examination for this course. The overall UKCAT 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 UKCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, and we do assess for this programme holistically, taking in to account all these factors and your performance in the context of your educational background. Examination results and the UKCAT 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 2017 for September 2018 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. However, applications from students that have achieved, or are predicted to achieve our typical entry requirements in the first sitting, may be more competitive overall than students who have not reached the grades required upon the first attempt.  For this reason, and particularly if multiple resits have been taken, we would recommend that referees include further information within the application to provide context for the student’s 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 A 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.

Are you currently studying Dentistry in the UK?

Transfers in to 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.  The Dental Institute may require candidates 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 eg 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 eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General

We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg 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 eg 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 College as a whole.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. Future fees will depend on Government legislation. 

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is £41,160 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)

£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. For example, registration fee paid in July 2016 is £445.02 to cover July – December 2016.

Variable – see example

 

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

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 giving 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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