King’s College London Dental Institute (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
Campus: Guy’s College
UCAS Codes: Course: A205
University: K60
Applicants in 2011: 943
Interviews: 380/td>
Offers: 159
Annual Intake: 128
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.

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Why Apply to King’s?

    The Dental Institute at King’s College London is the largest in the United Kingdom. It contains the largest critical mass of teachers and resources available in UK dental education. The clinical facilities are all modern, and resources for the preparation of students in the practice of dentistry and specialist training are excellent.

Entry Requirements

    3 A levels & 1 AS level

    AAA at A-level plus A at AS-level – BBB at A-level plus C at AS-level. Our current academic requirements for the five-year BDS will be AAAat A-level plus A at AS-level. We are keen to ensure we are selecting the very best students. Therefore, if you are performing exceptionally well within your peer group, and have achieved good scores in the UKCAT, we may consider predictions or achieved grades down to BBB at A-level plus C at AS-level.

    2 A levels & 3 AS level

    AA at A-level plus AAA at AS-level – BB at A-level plus BBB at AS-level (Please contact the Health Schools Admissions Office for further information)

    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

    Not acceptable

    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


    Specific one-year (full-time) ‘Access to Medicine/Dentistry’ programmes offered by a UK Further Education Institution, or one-year (full-time) science foundation programmes offered by a UK Higher Education Institution. Please note that we will only consider an Access or Foundation year if applicants have been out of full time education for at least 5 years prior to enrolling on the Access course/Foundation year

    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


    Not acceptable

    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.

      Intercalated degree

      At the end of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc degree which allows you to pursue the subjects of your choice in greater depth. The advantage of studying at a multi-faculty institution such as King’s is that intercalated degrees can be taken in a wide variety of subjects. For example, you may wish to study clinically relevant subjects and related topics such as health services management or psychology as well as more traditional subjects, such as neuroscience and biochemistry. You can even include a foreign language

    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

    There is an elective period of study when you are given the chance to travel anywhere in the United
    Kingdom, or the world, to learn about how dental care is provided in that region. Limited funding is offered by the
    College to undertake this period of study away from London. 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.