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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
Duration:
Five years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
15 October 2021
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.
  • Teaching excellence (Dentistry at King’s was ranked 1st in the UK in the 2021 QS subject rankings)
  • 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.

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 (and again in 2021 at a post-COVID review).

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 Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences 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, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

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

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology.
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

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 include grade A in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology. Notes: If Mathematics is being used to meet one of the subject requirements, then we cannot consider Further Mathematics as the third A-Level. If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 in Higher Level Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade 5 in Higher Level in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. For applicants studying the new IB curriculum, we can accept either Mathematics – Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics – Applications and Interpretations. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

You will also need:

GCSE/IGCSE Requirements

English Language and Mathematics grade 6/B.

 

Notes:

 

Functional Skills, and Numeracy/Literacy modules studied within an Access to HE diploma, are not accepted for this programme to meet the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.

 

If you are an international student who does not study GCSEs/IGCSEs or IB Standard Level/Middle Years as part of your qualifications, then we would not expect you to have met this requirement. However, we will look for evidence of the equivalency in your studies.

 

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants are required to sit the UCAT (previously known as UKCAT), prior to applying to this programme, and the UCAT must be taken the same year you apply in order to be valid.

 

We are unable to consider mitigating circumstances related to the UCAT, however, you may be eligible for special arrangements via the UCAT Access Arrangements policy.

 

Please refer to the UCAT website for all information, including details on registration, test dates and access arrangements, and the website also provides details of the UCAT Test Incident policy.

 

King’s does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, as it is dependent upon the range of scores received each cohort. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores, and the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

 

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.*

 

Applicants must have been attending a non-selective state school in Greater London since the age of 11 and will need to list all the schools they have attended since the age of 11 on their UCAS application When the application is received, the schools are checked via the DfE to check if they meet the eligibility, and there is not a published list of schools to consult. 

 

Non-selective state schools are defined as schools where candidates are not required to complete an entry exam in order to compete for a place at the school. State schools are funded by the UK Government and do not charge fees. This includes community schools, free schools, and academies.

 

Applicants cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting their application, and applicants attending Grammar Schools are not eligible to apply and should apply to the standard Dentistry programme - Dentistry BDS.

 *This is with the exception of our K+ Widening Participation students, for whom the Greater London requirement is waived. 

 

Overseas fee status

 

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) 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. We are unable to complete a fee assessment until we have received an application via UCAS. 

 

Meeting deadlines

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offerholders 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

 

Applications are ranked based on GCSE/IGCSE performance, UCAT score and contextual information. We then review the rest of the application including achieved/predicted grades, personal statement and reference. Further contextual consideration and eligible mitigating circumstances are reviewed to finalise interview eligibility.

The interview period generally runs from December to March, and we aim to send out invites via King's Apply with at least two weeks notice of an interview date. Spaces are limited, therefore, we will consider reschedule requests on a case-by-case basis, however, please note that we may be unable to accommodate all requests.

Due to the number of spaces on this programme, the majority of applicants who are invited to interview will be placed on hold until we have conducted all interviews. All decisions will be released by the UCAS decision deadline in May.

In the most recent admissions cycle for which we have complete data, we interviewed approximately 40 applicants and made around 18 offers on the programme. We received approximately 200 applications.

Application deadline: 15th October - 18:00 (UK time)

Please note, any applications which are received after this deadline will be made unsuccessful.

 

Further information

Age restrictions

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 programmes. This is due to a minimum age requirement for placements. Applicants who will not be 18 by the 1st January of the first year of the degree, should submit an application the following year.

Contextual consideration

We do not make contextual offers for this programme, and all applicants will be required to meet the standard entry requirements. However, as part of the assessment process, we do take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

This Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme provides an opportunity for talented students from non-selective state schools in Greater London to pursue a career in dentistry. 

Applicants can apply to both A205 (Dentistry BDS) and this programme via the UCAS application system, if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's. However, each application is assessed independently and you should ensure that you check the entry requirements and eligibility clearly for both programmes.

Criminal conviction disclosure

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

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then due to the small number of spaces, we are generally unable to permit these for this programme. Therefore, you should ensure where possible you apply for deferred entry, or you wait to apply in the following year. We understand that a request to defer after offer may be due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons, and we will consider each deferral request on a case-by-case basis. However, we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again.

Fifth 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 any programme as your fifth choice, however, some programmes will require a personal statement relevant to the programme. The following programmes will consider students with a dentistry focused personal statement without the need for a new statement: Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Global Health & Social Medicine, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physics, Physiology or Neuroscience.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme, however, you will also need to meet the ESDP eligibility (see the Eligibility for ESDP section). Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

Graduates

Applicants for this programme who have started or completed a degree are not eligible to apply and should instead apply to Dentistry BDS or Dentistry Graduate/Professional Entry Programme.

Incomplete degree study

Applicants for this programme who have started or completed a degree are not eligible to apply and should instead apply to Dentistry BDS.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

During the 2021/22 admissions cycle, interviews were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers due to the Coronavirus situation. In previous years, interviews have taken the form of Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs), with six interviewers.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed before the end of October and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

Personal Statement

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 dentistry.

Resits

The University has currently implemented a suspension of the resit policies due to the Coronavirus situation, which is in place for all undergraduate programmes. This has now been extended, therefore, this means that all our standard resit policies will pause for applications received in the 2021/22 admissions cycle.

The below is the standard resit policy for this programme and is expected to be reintroduced from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.

In a standard admissions cycle, you should bear in mind that your application for this programme will be reviewed alongside other strong applicants who might be viewed more favourably if they achieved the required grades within a standard timeframe, for example, a two year period for A-levels.

Applicants who apply with resits will only be considered where there are mitigating circumstances for resitting. We consider applicants who have recently achieved grades which are below the entry criteria, and have subsequently studied/are studying another qualification to seek entry, such as an Access to HE Diploma or a Foundation programme, to be resit applicants. A mitigating circumstances form should be submitted via the Mitigating Circumstances website at the same time you submit your application.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted. 

 

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.

 

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%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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. The programme is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 780 credits over 5 years. · Year one comprises modules totaling 120 credits · Year two comprises modules totaling 120 credits · Year three comprises modules totaling 180 credits . · Year four comprises modules totaling 180 credits · Year five comprises modules totaling 180 credits

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

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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:

  • Accommodation and subsistence expense
  • 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 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total:. Variable

Funding

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 (and again in 2021 at a post-COVID review).

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 Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences 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, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

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

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology.
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

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 include grade A in Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade B in one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology. Notes: If Mathematics is being used to meet one of the subject requirements, then we cannot consider Further Mathematics as the third A-Level. If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 in Higher Level Biology or Chemistry, in addition to grade 5 in Higher Level in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. For applicants studying the new IB curriculum, we can accept either Mathematics – Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics – Applications and Interpretations. GCSE/IGCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements can be met via IB Standard Level/Middle Years grade 5, if not studied/studying at Higher Level

You will also need:

GCSE/IGCSE Requirements

English Language and Mathematics grade 6/B.

 

Notes:

 

Functional Skills, and Numeracy/Literacy modules studied within an Access to HE diploma, are not accepted for this programme to meet the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.

 

If you are an international student who does not study GCSEs/IGCSEs or IB Standard Level/Middle Years as part of your qualifications, then we would not expect you to have met this requirement. However, we will look for evidence of the equivalency in your studies.

 

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants are required to sit the UCAT (previously known as UKCAT), prior to applying to this programme, and the UCAT must be taken the same year you apply in order to be valid.

 

We are unable to consider mitigating circumstances related to the UCAT, however, you may be eligible for special arrangements via the UCAT Access Arrangements policy.

 

Please refer to the UCAT website for all information, including details on registration, test dates and access arrangements, and the website also provides details of the UCAT Test Incident policy.

 

King’s does not have a threshold UCAT score in any particular year, as it is dependent upon the range of scores received each cohort. The overall UCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores, and the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

 

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.*

 

Applicants must have been attending a non-selective state school in Greater London since the age of 11 and will need to list all the schools they have attended since the age of 11 on their UCAS application When the application is received, the schools are checked via the DfE to check if they meet the eligibility, and there is not a published list of schools to consult. 

 

Non-selective state schools are defined as schools where candidates are not required to complete an entry exam in order to compete for a place at the school. State schools are funded by the UK Government and do not charge fees. This includes community schools, free schools, and academies.

 

Applicants cannot have started or completed a degree before submitting their application, and applicants attending Grammar Schools are not eligible to apply and should apply to the standard Dentistry programme - Dentistry BDS.

 *This is with the exception of our K+ Widening Participation students, for whom the Greater London requirement is waived. 

 

Overseas fee status

 

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) 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. We are unable to complete a fee assessment until we have received an application via UCAS. 

 

Meeting deadlines

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offerholders 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

 

Applications are ranked based on GCSE/IGCSE performance, UCAT score and contextual information. We then review the rest of the application including achieved/predicted grades, personal statement and reference. Further contextual consideration and eligible mitigating circumstances are reviewed to finalise interview eligibility.

The interview period generally runs from December to March, and we aim to send out invites via King's Apply with at least two weeks notice of an interview date. Spaces are limited, therefore, we will consider reschedule requests on a case-by-case basis, however, please note that we may be unable to accommodate all requests.

Due to the number of spaces on this programme, the majority of applicants who are invited to interview will be placed on hold until we have conducted all interviews. All decisions will be released by the UCAS decision deadline in May.

In the most recent admissions cycle for which we have complete data, we interviewed approximately 40 applicants and made around 18 offers on the programme. We received approximately 200 applications.

Application deadline: 15th October - 18:00 (UK time)

Please note, any applications which are received after this deadline will be made unsuccessful.

 

Further information

Age restrictions

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 programmes. This is due to a minimum age requirement for placements. Applicants who will not be 18 by the 1st January of the first year of the degree, should submit an application the following year.

Contextual consideration

We do not make contextual offers for this programme, and all applicants will be required to meet the standard entry requirements. However, as part of the assessment process, we do take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

This Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme provides an opportunity for talented students from non-selective state schools in Greater London to pursue a career in dentistry. 

Applicants can apply to both A205 (Dentistry BDS) and this programme via the UCAS application system, if they wish to maximise their chances of studying at King's. However, each application is assessed independently and you should ensure that you check the entry requirements and eligibility clearly for both programmes.

Criminal conviction disclosure

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

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then due to the small number of spaces, we are generally unable to permit these for this programme. Therefore, you should ensure where possible you apply for deferred entry, or you wait to apply in the following year. We understand that a request to defer after offer may be due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons, and we will consider each deferral request on a case-by-case basis. However, we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again.

Fifth 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 any programme as your fifth choice, however, some programmes will require a personal statement relevant to the programme. The following programmes will consider students with a dentistry focused personal statement without the need for a new statement: Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Global Health & Social Medicine, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physics, Physiology or Neuroscience.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme, however, you will also need to meet the ESDP eligibility (see the Eligibility for ESDP section). Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

Graduates

Applicants for this programme who have started or completed a degree are not eligible to apply and should instead apply to Dentistry BDS or Dentistry Graduate/Professional Entry Programme.

Incomplete degree study

Applicants for this programme who have started or completed a degree are not eligible to apply and should instead apply to Dentistry BDS.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

During the 2021/22 admissions cycle, interviews were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers due to the Coronavirus situation. In previous years, interviews have taken the form of Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs), with six interviewers.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed before the end of October and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

Personal Statement

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 dentistry.

Resits

The University has currently implemented a suspension of the resit policies due to the Coronavirus situation, which is in place for all undergraduate programmes. This has now been extended, therefore, this means that all our standard resit policies will pause for applications received in the 2021/22 admissions cycle.

The below is the standard resit policy for this programme and is expected to be reintroduced from the 2022/23 admissions cycle.

In a standard admissions cycle, you should bear in mind that your application for this programme will be reviewed alongside other strong applicants who might be viewed more favourably if they achieved the required grades within a standard timeframe, for example, a two year period for A-levels.

Applicants who apply with resits will only be considered where there are mitigating circumstances for resitting. We consider applicants who have recently achieved grades which are below the entry criteria, and have subsequently studied/are studying another qualification to seek entry, such as an Access to HE Diploma or a Foundation programme, to be resit applicants. A mitigating circumstances form should be submitted via the Mitigating Circumstances website at the same time you submit your application.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted. 

 

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If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

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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.

 

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%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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. The programme is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 780 credits over 5 years. · Year one comprises modules totaling 120 credits · Year two comprises modules totaling 120 credits · Year three comprises modules totaling 180 credits . · Year four comprises modules totaling 180 credits · Year five comprises modules totaling 180 credits

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

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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:

  • Accommodation and subsistence expense
  • 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 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total:. Variable

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Five years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
15 October 2021
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