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Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme BDS

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Overview

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 programme. 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.

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

 

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree programme with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Ranked 1st in Europe and 4th in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings, 2017).
  • State-of-the-art clinical and technical facilities.
  • Largest dental school in the UK graduating over 160 dentists a year.
  • Partnership with the world-famous hospitals: Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’.
  • Opportunity to intercalate a BSc degree.
  • Access to a link-mentor who can help explain topics or arrange additional tutorials with appropriate teaching staff.

Key information

UCAS code A206

Duration Five years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations The BDS Programme is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2013.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute

Locations

 

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Course detail

Description

Our programme has three main components. The first consists of subjects common to medicine and dentistry, progressing from biomedical sciences through behavioural sciences, epidemiology, pathology and microbiology to human disease. The second includes oral and dental aspects of the biological sciences leading to an understanding of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases and disorders, and the effects of systemic disease on the oral and dental tissues. The third covers the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry with the provision of comprehensive oral and dental healthcare for patients of all ages. Throughout your degree, the balance of teaching will shift from theoretical and academic science to practical and clinical experience.

Our curriculum enables students to assist in the dental care of patients from year one and assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage.

The final two years of the programme are designed to give students extensive clinical exposure with structured placements for practice in the community, as part of a dental team, providing care in diverse settings.

Download the dentistry Undergraduate Prospectus for more information.

Teaching

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

Our programme emphasises whole patient care, which requires consideration of the patients’ total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of individual items of treatment.

Our working environment is structured into cross-year undergraduate teams so that students benefit from working and studying with the same group of teachers and peers throughout their time at the Dental Institute.

Assessment

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

Structure

Year 1

 

 

After a one-week introductory course, you will spend the remainder of Year 1 studying biomedical sciences and topics relevant to the practice of dentistry.

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

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year 1 module:

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

Year 2

Year 2 concentrates on the introduction and development of basic dental clinical skills. You will treat patients with minor problems and progress to start the restorative care of your own patients.

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

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

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year 2 module:

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

Year 3

In Year 3, you will continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and study the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn about fixed and removable prostheses, such as dental implants. There is also a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how prostheses are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. You will devote significant time each week to the clinical care of patients including tuition in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also begin to learn about and perform the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.

At the end of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated year for a BSc degree which allows you to pursue a subject of your choice in greater depth.

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year 3 module:

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

Year 4

In Year 4, you will spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and perform more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year, you will gain a strong foundation in periodontology, child dental healthcare and orthodontics.

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

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year 4 module:

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

Year 5

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

The following topics comprise the year 5 module:

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

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

BBB-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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

 

Not applicable for entry to this programme

Required grades

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma: of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

 

Not applicable for entry to this programme

 

Not applicable for entry to this programme

 

Not applicable for entry to this programme

 

Not applicable for entry to this programme

 

Not applicable for entry to this programme

Required subjects

Biology and Chemistry are required, as well as GCSE English language and Mathematics. All applicants must take the UKCAT

Preferred subjects

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

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements

NOTE: this programme is only open to students from non-selective, state schools in Greater London.  GCSEs must have been completed at a non-selective, state school in Greater London.

A-level AAA 

Including Biology and Chemistry.

A typical offer is AAA at A-Level, including Biology and Chemistry. 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 BBB at A-Level).

Additionally: Grade 6/B in both GCSE English and Mathematics, if not offered at A/AS-level. 

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

 

QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at an eligible UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. 

Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 36 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. 

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

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

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Including Chemistry & Biology. All applicants must take the UKCAT. Please see further details below.

A typical offer is D3 D3 D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects, including Biology and Chemistry. 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 M2 M2 M2).

Additionally, GCSE grade 6/B in both English Language and Mathematics required.

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

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

A typical offer is 35 points overall and 666 in three HL subjects, including Biology and Chemistry

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). Chemistry and Biology are required at Higher Level. 

Additionally, Grade 5 SL  is required in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.

English Language Requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

 

The UKCAT

Please note that all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

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

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

Selection procedure

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, 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 UKCAT 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 2017 for 2018 entry.

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.

UKCAT score and interview shortlisting

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

When considering 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 UKCAT. 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 UKCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of assessing applicants.

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.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

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

Full time tuition fees EU: N/A

Full time tuition fees International: N/A

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

 

Item

Approximate cost (over span of programme)

Total:

DBS check- paid just prior to course entry

£50.00

£50.00

DBS ongoing subscription

£13.00/year after first check

£52.00

Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s)

Up to £200.00 in each year: 3 and 4

£400.00

Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back)

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

£2,375.00 or £98.00

Job hunting expenses

£200.00

£200.00

Final year printing of poster for case presentation

£5.00

£5.00

Graduation costs: tickets, gown hire etc.

£200.00

£200.00

GDC registration (in year of graduation)

Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates. For example, registration fee paid in July 2016 is £445.02 to cover July – December 2016.

Variable – see example

 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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

 

Career destinations

 

 

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