King’s Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc

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King’s new undergraduate course: Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc

The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences has announced the launch of a new undergraduate course – Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc, which is now open for UK/EU applications for September 2020 entry.

A spokesperson explained: “The new course combines the latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. Taught by internationally-renowned staff, students are exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.”

The course is designed to integrate with the undergraduate Dentistry BDS programme, offering students the opportunity of co-training, and preparing them for employment as a GDC registered professional and a key member of the dental practice team.

Said Professor Kim Piper, Dean for Education: “The faculty are delighted in Sept 2020 to welcome therapy and hygiene students together with dental students onto new innovative curriculum’s which will allow us to educate the dental team of the future to improve global oral health.”
The new BSc replaces the long-established Diploma run by King’s College Hospital and will be taught by many of the same experienced staff.

Context:

• Following the removal of Diplomas for Dental Therapy & Hygiene, King’s is entering an established market later than some competitor dental schools. However, the new BSc is replacing the long-established and highly successful Diploma run at King’s College Hospital and will be taught by many of the same experienced staff.
• UCAS application data for Russell Group institutions shows a steady increase in applications year on year, with an increase of 23% between 2016/17 and 2018/19. For 18/19, application to offer rate is around 10% (capacity limited) and acceptance to enrolment is 95%.
• The 2014 Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CFWI) report commissioned by Health Education England on dental care professionals estimates that demand for dental hygienists and therapists will exceed supply by 2025 should current workplace trends continue.
Student Appeal:
• Dental therapists carry out a significant amount of the primary care within general practice without the need for a referral from a dentist. Our BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy & Hygiene programme will train students to be autonomous, safe-beginner clinicians, prepared for registration with the GDC and employment as a key member of the dental practice team.
• Graduate attributes fostered in training are transferable, building a resilient professional able to meet future challenges.
• Scholarship is student and patient-centred, designed for students to experience authentic training through approaches such as enquiry and problem-based learning, embedding employability.
• Students can select inter-disciplinary components - to acquire skills such as languages or business management.
• Innovation and entrepreneurship is encouraged through self-selected, independent project-based learning in education, business development or research methods.

Course USPs:

• Ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for Dentistry, the skills and experience of King's graduates are highly valued by practice employers.
• Co-training with Dentistry BDS students, and learning from our highly experienced teaching staff.
• Based at Guy's and King's College Hospitals, students will be exposed to diverse patient populations from year one, for rich practical experience.
• Preparation for GDC registration and employment as a dental therapist/hygienist.
• Inter-disciplinary student-selected components - to acquire skills such as languages and business management.
• Community placements in South East London from year 2 for broad clinical and team-working experience.

Entry requirements:

• UK A level: A typical offer is BBB at A-Level, including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology. If an applicant is using Maths to meet the subject requirements, Further Mathematics will not be accepted as the third A-Level. Additionally, grade 5/C in Mathematics at GCSE, if not offered at A-level. Those taking linear A levels in England will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects. A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.
• IB: 35 points. Including 555 at Higher Level, and including Chemistry or Biology, and an additional one of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths (either Analysis & Approaches or Applications & Interpretation) or Psychology at Higher Level at grade 5. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Additionally, grade 5 at Standard Level is required in Mathematics if not offered at GCSE.

BTEC:

• BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010) : DDM. In Applied Science. Subjects offered should include Biology (or Human Biology).
• BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM. With six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level at grade B OR four Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level grade A.
• BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): M. In Applied Sciences and two A levels at grades BB

Access to HE Diploma: D: 30 credits; M: 12 credits; P: 3 credits. QAA Access to Medical Professions, Health and Science HE Diploma's are considered. Additionally, GCSE (or accepted Level 2 equivalent) at Grade 5/C in Mathematics is required (or recognised equivalent).