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Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme BDS

UCAS code: A206

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
5 years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
Apply via UCAS

The Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme is an opportunity for talented students from non-selective state schools in Greater London to pursue a career in dentistry. Students receive additional academic support whilst following the standard five-year Dentistry BDS course. This 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.
  • Opportunity to intercalate a BSc degree

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Course Aims

  • 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 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.

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

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Biology or Chemistry are required, in addition to studying one of the following: 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:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

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 contain Biology or Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. A typical offer is AAA at A-Level, including Biology or Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to BBB at A-Level). Additionally: Grade 6/B in both GCSE English and Mathematics, if not offered at A/AS-level.  NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 666 in three HL subjects, including HL Biology or HL Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology at Higher Level. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to a minimum of 32 points and 555 HL).  Additionally, Grade 5 SL is required in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics at grade 6/B (or equivalent)

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 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; 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 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Eligibility for the ESDP

To be eligible to be considered for the Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme, you must have attended only non-selective state education within Greater London, as determined by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE), since the age of 11. Please list all the schools that you have attended since the age of 11 on your UCAS application.

Applicants cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting their application, and all applicants must have sat the UCAT prior to submitting their application.

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 15 2020 for 2021 entry.

Age on entry

King's is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on the 1st January in the first year of the Dentistry programme. Applicants who are not 18 by this date should apply the following year.

Information for Overseas Applicants

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA 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.

Personal statement and reference

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 dentistry 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 dentistry 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 medicine.

Academic performance

You should carefully check that you will meet the programme’s 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 our Fair Admissions Policy (pdf), we 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, we will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

UCAT score and interview shortlisting

We do 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 applicants which will be shortlisted for interview we 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 applicants, 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.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. ESDP interviews are usually held from February to May. If you are invited to an interview, you will be provided with further details about the expected interview format and guidance of when and where to report to through the King’s Apply portal.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are used 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. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. 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. For more information on the interview process, you may wish to read our Admissions Interview Policy (pdf).

Criminal conviction disclosure

You are asked to declare any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands on your UCAS application form. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Further details on this process with be sent to concerned applicants through the King’s Apply portal.

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 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.

 

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 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%

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 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.

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.

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
  • 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: £52.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Up to £200.00 in each year: 4 and 5 - 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

  • 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 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.

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

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Biology or Chemistry are required, in addition to studying one of the following: 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:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

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 contain Biology or Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. A typical offer is AAA at A-Level, including Biology or Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to BBB at A-Level). Additionally: Grade 6/B in both GCSE English and Mathematics, if not offered at A/AS-level.  NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including 666 in three HL subjects, including HL Biology or HL Chemistry, in addition to studying one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology at Higher Level. However if applicants are performing exceptionally well within their school/college and receive a good UKCAT score we may consider predicted or achieved grades at a lower level (to a minimum of 32 points and 555 HL).  Additionally, Grade 5 SL is required in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics at grade 6/B (or equivalent)

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 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; 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 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Eligibility for the ESDP

To be eligible to be considered for the Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme, you must have attended only non-selective state education within Greater London, as determined by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE), since the age of 11. Please list all the schools that you have attended since the age of 11 on your UCAS application.

Applicants cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting their application, and all applicants must have sat the UCAT prior to submitting their application.

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 15 2020 for 2021 entry.

Age on entry

King's is only able to accept applicants who will be 18 years of age on the 1st January in the first year of the Dentistry programme. Applicants who are not 18 by this date should apply the following year.

Information for Overseas Applicants

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA 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.

Personal statement and reference

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 dentistry 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 dentistry 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 medicine.

Academic performance

You should carefully check that you will meet the programme’s 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 our Fair Admissions Policy (pdf), we 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, we will look for other indicators of potential and capability.

UCAT score and interview shortlisting

We do 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 applicants which will be shortlisted for interview we 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 applicants, 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.

The interview

No offers are made without an interview. ESDP interviews are usually held from February to May. If you are invited to an interview, you will be provided with further details about the expected interview format and guidance of when and where to report to through the King’s Apply portal.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are used 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. One of these station scenarios is designed to assess values and personality based attributes for example: kindness, compassion and empathy, respect for the individual, privacy and dignity, advocacy, decision-making, team working and integrity. Some scenarios are scientifically based and designed to assess information handling and evaluation skills, whilst others will assess knowledge on topical medical issues. Another station will assess the candidates’ ability to deal with an ethical dilemma. 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. For more information on the interview process, you may wish to read our Admissions Interview Policy (pdf).

Criminal conviction disclosure

You are asked to declare any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands on your UCAS application form. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Further details on this process with be sent to concerned applicants through the King’s Apply portal.

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 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.

 

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 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%

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 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.

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.

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
  • 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: £52.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Up to £200.00 in each year: 4 and 5 - 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
Required A-level:
Duration:
5 years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 October 2020
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