Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A205
University Code: K60
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes, We use the UKCAT score holistically with the rest of the application in our process in considering an applicant for interview. Therefore it is not a sole determinant in a prospective students application.
Applicants: ~ 1200
Interviews: ~ 400
Offers: ~ 170
Places: 128
Academic entry requirement:

United Kingdom

A levels
AAA and a Grade A at AS-level

Compulsory subjects
Biology and Chemistry at A-level grade A, or one of Biology/Chemistry at A-level grade A and the other at AS level grade A. If Mathematics is offered at A-level, then Further Mathematics is only considered at AS-level. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required. All applicants must take the UKCAT.

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

Access to HE Diploma
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 (including study of Chemistry and Biology). 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. GCSE requirements: Grade B in both English and Mathematics required (or recognised equivalent). All applicants must take the UKCAT. Contact Admissions for any further queries.

Cambridge Pre-U
3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 D3 including Biology and Chemistry. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required. All applicants must take the UKCAT.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for this programme
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AAAAB in Highers and AA at Advanced Higher. Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher A, or one of Biology/Chemistry at Advanced Higher A and the other at Higher grade A. English and Mathematics required at Standard Credit grade 1 or 2, or Intermediate 2 with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.  

International Baccalaureate
35 points and HL 666 including Biology and Chemistry at HL 6, or one of Biology/Chemistry at HL 6 and the other at SL. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required (or recognised equivalent).

European Baccalaureate
85% overall including 8.5 in each science option, including study of Chemistry and Biology. Evidence of high grades in Mathematics also looked for. All applicants must take the UKCAT.

Dental School Website:
Dental School Contact Information: King's College London
Guy's Campus
London Bridge
London SE1 1UL
Tel: 020 7848 6512
Key attribute of dental institute: Largest dental school in the UK offering entry routes to studying dentistry and graduating over 160 dentists a year.
Interview style format: Multi Mini Interview (MMI) where you have approximately 5 minutes per station
Course Structure:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 London. 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.

Kings College London

Please note the information above was provided by the faculty on 11/09/2013

Data may have differed between then and present.

* The data provided for the Applicants/Interviews/Offers is based upon the 2013 cycle