King's College London
Dental Therapy and Hygiene BSc (Hons)
King's College London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Dental therapists and hygienists work to promote oral health and restore tooth function. From oral disease prevention strategies to direct restorations, you'll experience the intellectual challenges of diagnostics and the technical challenges of treatment in this demanding and hugely rewarding field of healthcare. Our Dental Therapy & Hygiene BSc course combines the latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. Taught by internationally-renowned staff, you will be exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.

Key benefits

  • Ranked 1st in the world for Dentistry (QS rankings 2020), the skills and experience of King's graduates are highly valued by practice employers.

  • Co-train with Dentistry BDS students, learning from our highly experienced teaching staff.

  • Rich practical experience with the diverse patient populations of King's College Hospital.

  • 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.

  • Outreach placements in South East London from year 2 for broad clinical and team-working experience.

The General Dental Council quality assures and approves qualifications for registration, for the following registrant groups: Dentists; dental hygienists; dental therapists; dental nurses; clinical dental technicians; dental technicians; and orthodontic therapists.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 85 graduates of Dental Therapy and Hygiene BSc (Hons) at King's College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Dentistry.

Overall student satisfaction
65 /100
85 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Dental Therapy and Hygiene BSc (Hons) at King's College London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Dental Therapy and Hygiene BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £36000 £42500 £48000
25-75 percentile range £32000 - £43000 £33000 - £45500 £39500 - £56000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Dentistry

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £38000 £31509 £32318
25-75 percentile range £32000 - £48000 £21554 - £42152 £13445 - £46427

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Dental Therapy and Hygiene, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Dental Therapy and Hygiene BSc (Hons) at King's College London

85% Other Health Professionals
10% Medical Practitioners

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Must include Biology or Chemistry, plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology. 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. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects

Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Grade B in Advanced Higher Chemistry or Biology is required, plus an additional subject of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

Access to HE Diploma in Medical Professions, Health and/or Science.

Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Grade B in Advanced Higher Chemistry or Biology is required, plus an additional subject of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology.

Including 5,5,5 at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. Biology or Chemistry subjects are required, plus an additional subject of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths (either Analysis & Approaches or Applications & Interpretation) or Psychology at Higher Level at grade 5.

Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.

Biology or Chemistry subjects are required, plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology.

DDM with ten modules at Distinction in Applied Science OR DDM with ten modules at Distinction in any other subject.

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered. Biology or Chemistry subjects are required, plus an additional subject of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths or Psychology as Principal Subjects at M2.

Required subjects: Biology or Chemistry are required, plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology (or overseas equivalent). Five GCSEs are required at grade 5/C including Mathematics and English Language. We can accept equivalent qualifications to meet GCSE requirements.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill
PTE Academic 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill
TOEFL (iBT) 92 overall with 23 in writing and 20 in the other skills
Cambridge English Advanced 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
Cambridge English Proficiency 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
Trinity ISE Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill
Institution's Own Test Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 6.5
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Dental Therapy and Hygiene, BSc (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Dental Therapy and Hygiene BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of King's College London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of King's College London in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #5 
    • #7 
    Dentistry
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #1 
    • #9 
    Dentistry
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #12 
    Dentistry
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

See all university rankings of King's College London

What students say about studying Dentistry in the UK?

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About King's College London

King’s College London (KCL) was established in 1892 and is located in the very centre of London. International students can start by taking KCL’s International Foundation, a one-year course intended to improve your knowledge on a particular subject while bringing your English to a level where you’re comfortable studying and communicating. The famous city of London offers innumerable advantages to young students, including myriad work opportunities, reliable and extensive public transport, and abundant entertainment options.

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Where is this programme taught

Denmark Hill Campus
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Guy's Campus
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Main Site - Strand
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