King’s College London Dental Institute, Enhanced Support (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
Campus: Guy’s College
UCAS Codes: Course: A206
University: K60
Applicants in 2011: 14
Interviews: 10/td>
Offers: 6
Annual Intake: 20 (based on pilot year, expected to rise for 2013 entry)
Contact Information: Health Schools Admissions Centre
King’s College London
1st Floor, Hodgkin Building
London Bridge
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 6512
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Undergraduate Support | Postgraduate Entry

Why Apply to King’s?

    This new programme similar to the five year BDS programme (A205) but with significant additional support. Entrants to this programme will come from widening participation schools linked to Kings College London; schools with low five A-C GCSE percentages and/or low A-level points scores.

Entry Requirements

    3 A levels & 1 AS level

    AAA at A-level plus A as AS-level – BBB at A-level plus C at AS-level. We are keen to ensure we are selecting students with strong potential. Therefore, if you are performing exceptionally well within your school/college and may receive a good score in the UKCAT, we may consider predicted or achieved grades of BBB at A-level plus C at AS-level and above.

    2 A levels & 3 AS level

    AA at A-level plus AAA at AS-level – BB at A-level plus BBB at AS-level.

    Compulsory subjects

    Chemistry and Biology, at least one at A-level, the other must be at AS level. If A-level Maths is offered, Further Maths is acceptable at AS-level only. GCSE requirement: at least grade B at English Language and Maths, if not offered at A/AS-level.

    12 unit A level in vocational subjects

    Considered on an individual basis

    General Studies and Critical Thinking – College policy

    Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King’s as one of your A or AS 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.

    Advanced diploma

    Applicants must be taking the Advanced Diploma in Society, Health and Development. For the Specialist Learning component, applicants must offer Chemistry at A-level. In addition to the Diploma, AS-level Biology is required. Within the Diploma, applicants will be required to undertake their Extended Project on a health-related topic. We will require an A grade for the overall Diploma, with A grades in A-level Chemistry, AS-level Biology and the Extended Project.

    Cambridge Pre-U

    3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 D3 including D3 in Chemistry and Biology

    Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

    A2 A2 at Advanced Highers plus A2 A2 A2 A2 B3 at Highers. Chemistry and Biology required, one at Advanced level

    International Baccalaureate

    38 including 6, 6, 6 at HL including Chemistry and Biology, at least one at HL. Please note GCSE requirements. If no GCSE (or equivalent), passes are required at SL in English and Maths if not offered at HL

    European Baccalaureate

    85% overall including 85% in each science option. Chemistry & another science as full options with a written examination

Course Structure

    YEAR 1

    After a one week introductory course to prepare you for study at university and on the dentistry programme in particular, the remainder of the year is spent studying biomedical sciences and topics relevant to the practice of dentistry. Much effort has been put into making this year absolutely relevant to dentistry. Basic topics such as molecular and cell biology, and basic human systems specific to dentistry, will be covered. Throughout the year a course on applied dental science will introduce you to the clinical aspects of dental studies and show the relevance of the basic sciences. This popular course will introduce you to all aspects of clinical dentistry and haptic technology.

    YEAR 2

    The second year concentrates on the introduction and development of basic dental clinical skills. A state-of-the-art clinical skills facility allows the learning of necessary skills in a safe and non-threatening environment. You will treat patients in the associated NHS trusts with minor gum problems in the first term and in the third term you will begin the restorative care of your own patients to whom you will offer dental care for your whole time at King’s College London.

    Linked to the practical clinical courses will be biomedical science subjects such as anatomy of the head and neck, oral biology, and you will also develop an understanding of all aspects of the nervous system relevant to dentistry. During this year you will begin learning about all aspects of human disease and this strand of learning will continue for the remainder of your time on the dental programme. This will include topics such as pathology, microbiology and general medicine.

    YEAR 3

    In the third year you continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and this is a major topic in the year. Another major subject area for this year is the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn how this can be done using fixed and removable prostheses including dental implants. There is a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how they are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. Much time each week is devoted to the clinical care of patients in restorative dentistry that will include specific teaching in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also begin to learn about and carry out the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.

    This is a busy year in which you really begin to establish yourself as a dentist.

    YEAR 4

    In the fourth year of the programme you spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and carry out more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year major courses in periodontology, child dental healthcare and orthodontics are provided to give you a strong foundation in the subjects.

    Time is also spent providing comprehensive care to adult patients. This will continue in Year 5. As you become more proficient at dentistry, patients will be treated 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 directly relevant to disease in and around the mouth. You will be able to treat many patients with more complex dental problems during this year, with specialist teachers on hand to guide you.

    YEAR 5

    The final year of the programme is very much a consolidation year of all you have learned up to this time. You will continue to provide comprehensive dental care for adult and child patients. A specific feature of this programme is the opportunity to work on a regular basis at purpose built clinics away from the main campus. At these you will work directly with a dental nurse and other dental care professionals, in particular dental hygienists and therapists, learning to work as a team leader in the provision of dental care for your patients.

    There is an opportunity each week to spend some time learning about a chosen topic to allow you to develop knowledge of an area in even greater detail than covered in the normal programme. This could include any area in dentistry and there is also the opportunity to learn a new language through the Language Centre of King’s College

    The final year is designed to allow you to develop as a dentist and to ease your transition, upon qualification, into vocational training and general professional training. It also offers the opportunity to flavor the specialist areas of dentistry that may encourage you to specialise after general professional training.

Visiting the Dental School

There are open days running on 18th July and 25th July. Unfortunately these are both full. Check King’s website for the latest timetable.

All information taken from university website and liaison with admissions officer. Information correct at time of publication – 30/06/12.