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Dentistry Graduate/Professional Entry Programme BDS

UCAS code: A202

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

Our innovative entry route into dentistry is designed to enable graduates with honours degrees in biomedical-related science subjects and healthcare professionals with a degree, to study for a Dentistry BDS. Our course 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.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree course with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Ranked 1st in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • State-of-the-art clinical, simulation and technical facilities.
  • 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.

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Course Aims

  • On this course, you will be exempted from the first year of the standard five-year BDS on the basis of your previous studies. You will undertake a two-to-three-week preparatory course in September before joining year two of the five-year course.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

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

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

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

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

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

Additional locations

London skyline at night

In addition, clinical placements are currently based at: Guy’s Campus, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill and West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre

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

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

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

Either:

  • A minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject

or 

  • A 2:2 (lower second class honours) undergraduate degree with a postgraduate degree (with at least a Merit) in a Biosciences subject

 

The UCAT

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as the 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 UCAT 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; predicted or achieved 2.1 (or equivalent) in a Biosciences degree, or predicted or achieved merit in a postgraduate degree in Biosciences along with achieved 2.2 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree; 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 in to 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 Process

Selection procedures follow those determined for the five-year BDS programme, including Multiple Mini Interviews. Applications must reach UCAS by 15 October 2019. A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in dentistry. All suitably qualified graduates with biomedical-related science or healthcare degrees, as judged by the faculty, are eligible to apply. Approximately 20 places are available on the programme and applications from Channel Islands and overseas fee-paying graduates will be considered.

Application deadline: October 15th 2019 for entry in September 2020.

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 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 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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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.
Course stage Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities Percentage of time in guided independent study Percentage of time on placements
Year 1 34% 56% 10%
Year 2 11% 34% 55%
Year 3 16% 27% 57%
Year 4 31% 7% 62%

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

Structure

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

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

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

Employability

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 most cases, 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.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

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

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £45,600 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 when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

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

  • alternative venue examination fees
  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • stationery
  • society membership fees
  • 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: £39.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £200.00 in each year: 3 and 4 - Total: £400.00 Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood) - Total: £2,375.00 or £98.00 Job hunting expenses: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £200.00 - Total: £200.00 Final year printing of poster for case presentation: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £5.00, Total: £5.00 Graduation costs: tickets,gown hire etc: Approximate cost (over span of programme). £200.00- Total: £200.00 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total: Variable

Funding

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

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Course Aims

  • On this course, you will be exempted from the first year of the standard five-year BDS on the basis of your previous studies. You will undertake a two-to-three-week preparatory course in September before joining year two of the five-year course.

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

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

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

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

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

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

Additional locations

London skyline at night

In addition, clinical placements are currently based at: Guy’s Campus, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill and West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre

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

Course accreditation

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

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

Either:

  • A minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a Biosciences subject

or 

  • A 2:2 (lower second class honours) undergraduate degree with a postgraduate degree (with at least a Merit) in a Biosciences subject

 

The UCAT

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as the 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 UCAT 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; predicted or achieved 2.1 (or equivalent) in a Biosciences degree, or predicted or achieved merit in a postgraduate degree in Biosciences along with achieved 2.2 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree; 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 in to 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 Process

Selection procedures follow those determined for the five-year BDS programme, including Multiple Mini Interviews. Applications must reach UCAS by 15 October 2019. A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in dentistry. All suitably qualified graduates with biomedical-related science or healthcare degrees, as judged by the faculty, are eligible to apply. Approximately 20 places are available on the programme and applications from Channel Islands and overseas fee-paying graduates will be considered.

Application deadline: October 15th 2019 for entry in September 2020.

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 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 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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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.
Course stage Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities Percentage of time in guided independent study Percentage of time on placements
Year 1 34% 56% 10%
Year 2 11% 34% 55%
Year 3 16% 27% 57%
Year 4 31% 7% 62%

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

Structure

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

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

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

Employability

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 most cases, 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.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

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

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £45,600 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 when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

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

  • alternative venue examination fees
  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • stationery
  • society membership fees
  • 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: £39.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £200.00 in each year: 3 and 4 - Total: £400.00 Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood) - Total: £2,375.00 or £98.00 Job hunting expenses: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £200.00 - Total: £200.00 Final year printing of poster for case presentation: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £5.00, Total: £5.00 Graduation costs: tickets,gown hire etc: Approximate cost (over span of programme). £200.00- Total: £200.00 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total: Variable

Funding

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

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

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