King’s College London Dentistry Entry Requirements

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King’s College London Dentistry Entry Requirements

King’s College London Dentistry Entry Requirements`

Dentistry BDS

Overview

Our Dentistry BDS programme combines the very latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. You will be taught by internationally-renowned staff and exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree programme with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Ranked 1st in the UK and 4th in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings, 2016).
  • 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.

UCAS code A205

Duration Five years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

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

Locations

 

Dentistry

Undergraduate study

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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

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

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

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

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year 1 module:

  • BDS Science – Biomedical Sciences
  • BDS Care of Dental Patient
  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Conservative and Minimal Intervention Dentistry (including Endodontics)
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Management and Leadership for Dentistry
  • BDS Professionalism in Healthcare
  • BDS Science – Oral and Craniofacial Biology
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences

Optional Modules

Entry requirements

Required grades

A*AA

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

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

Additionally: All applicants must take the UKCAT. Please see further details below.

Required subjects

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

Preferred subjects

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

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects – University policy: 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.

A-levels:
Grades: A typical offer is A*AA at A-Level, including Chemistry and Biology, and B at AS 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 AAB at A-Level with B at 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.
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology are required at A-Level. If only one provided at A-Level, the other must be at AS-level grade A.
Additionally: Grade B in both English Language and Mathematics at GCSE, if not offered at A/AS-level.

Access to HE Diploma: QAA Access to Medicine/Dentistry HE Diploma taken at a UK Further Education College full time over one year may be considered. Of the 45 Level 3 credits, 39 credits must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Additionally, GCSE (or accepted Level 2 equivalents) at Grade 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:
Grades: A typical offer is 3 Principle Subjects at D2 D3 D3. 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 D3 D3 M2)
Subjects:
Chemistry and Biology are required as Principle Subjects at D3.
Additionally: Grade B in both English and Mathematics, if not offered in your Principal Subjects

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:
Grades: A typical offer is AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject) 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 AB at Advanced Higher).
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology required at Advanced Higher. Maths and English also required at Intermediate 2/Standard Credit Grade1 or 2/National 5 with B

International Baccalaureate:
Grades: A typical offer is 35 points overall and 766 in three HL subjects. 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 35 points and 665 HL)
Subjects: Chemistry and Biology are required at HL 6.
Additionally: Grade 5 SL  in both English and Mathematics, if not offered at GCSE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

University degree: Applicants who are currently studying for alternative degrees are strongly advised to fully complete their current programme of study and then apply to King’s as a graduate. However, if you do not wish to continue with your current programme of study, and are not due to graduate in the summer before the commencement of the course, the Admissions Team needs to be fully aware of your plans to withdraw from your current degree. You must indicate to us on your UCAS application that you are currently studying and your reference must be from your current academic tutor. The reference must also be supportive and demonstrate that your tutor is fully aware of your intention to leave your current programme of study. Please be aware that your application may not be as competitive as others we receive if this is the route you choose to take. Failure to declare your current programme of study to us is a breach of UCAS rules regarding full disclosure of your qualifications. Non-disclosure can results in an application and/or an offer being withdrawn.

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

5th UCAS choice

A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for courses which lead to a professional qualification in dentistry. You may add one of the following alternative non-health programmes to your UCAS application: Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Pharmacology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Neuroscience, Human Sciences and Biomedical Science. Please be assured that you will be considered as having a full commitment to dentistry whether you include a non-health programme choice or not. If you would like to discuss your options regarding programme choice, including adding a programme which does not appear on this list, please contact the Admissions Office (contact details can be found on the ‘Further information’ tab).

Application deadline: October 15th for entry in the following September.

EU and international applicants: There is no quota on the number of EU students who may be admitted. For international applicants, the UK government places a restriction on the number of entrants. 

Graduate applicants to dentistry: We encourage graduate applicants to apply to study dentistry. Graduate applicants do not normally have to satisfy the usual A/AS-level or other entry requirements (eg you are not expected to have AAA at A-level at the first attempt). The minimum entry requirement is a pass at A/AS-level Chemistry and Biology plus an upper second class honours degree. Alternatively, a lower second class honours degree is acceptable combined with a master’s degree (with at least a merit).

Criminal conviction disclosure: All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check.  All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

Transfer applications: Are you currently studying a subject other than Dentistry?

King’s does not accept transfers onto the Dentistry BDS from other disciplines (either at King’s or another institution). Applicants studying biological sciences or similar are encouraged instead to consider our Graduate Entry Dentistry course.

Are you currently studying Dentistry in the UK?

Transfers in to Dentistry will be considered in to the second or third year only.  Candidates must be enrolled on the comparable phase at a UK registered Dental School, with a comparable curriculum, and be performing strongly with no failed modules.  The Dental Institute may require candidates to sit the relevant end of year examinations at King’s.

Candidates should contact the Admissions office directly to discuss their desire to transfer.  Places are limited and competition is fierce – candidates will need to demonstrate a compelling reason to need to relocate to London.

Are you studying Dentistry outside of the UK?

Unfortunately transfers from Dental schools outside of the UK are not permitted under any circumstances.  This does include the Republic of Ireland.

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants

Scholastic activities: Any scholastic activity would be considered eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc.

Community activities: We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.

General: We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc.

Work shadowing/observation: We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Paid or voluntary work: Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes.
What form does it take? Interviews will normally be Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another and meet several interviewers who will ask
structured questions and mark these independently. More information will be sent to applicants who are invited to interview.
What is considered at interview? Communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related. the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

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

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £39,200 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

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

Item Approximate cost (over span of programme) Total:
DBS check- paid just prior to course entry £50.00 £50.00
DBS ongoing subscription £13.00/year after first check £52.00
Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s) Up to £200.00 in each year: 3 and 4 £400.00
Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back) £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood) £2,375.00 or £98.00
Job hunting expenses £200.00 £200.00
Final year printing of poster for case presentation £5.00 £5.00
Graduation costs: tickets, gown hire etc. £200.00 £200.00
GDC registration (in year of graduation) Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates. For example, registration fee paid in July 2016 is £445.02 to cover July – December 2016. Variable – see example

 

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

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

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

Financial help and support

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

Career prospects

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