Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

BSc Oral Health (A910)

Key Facts

  • Dental Hygiene and Therapy (3 Years), Full time
  • UCAS Code: A910, Institution Code: Q50, Campus Code: W
  • UCAS application deadline: 15 January
  • Interview dates: 8th, 11th, 16th April 2019
  • BSc Oral Health Factsheet [DOC 83KB]
  • Dentistry 3rd - The Guardian University Guide 2017 – UK subject rankings
  • Dentistry 1st in UK- Complete University Guide 2018

Overview

Study an innovative dental curriculum at a top school with world-class facilities and access to London’s diverse population.

Dental hygienists and therapists are a vital member of the dental team, focussing the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. We are building on the success of our 28-month Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy that was established in 1983; other dental schools have followed our model of an integrated curriculum studying alongside our colleagues studying BDS dentistry.

On this three-year degree programme, you will study alongside, and be integrated with, the BDS students, which fosters a team approach to patient care. You will learn the skills and knowledge that are required for you to register with the General Dental Council as a dental therapist or hygienist on graduation.

Our location in east London means you’ll serve a population of great diversity and encounter a wide range of diseases. You’ll be exposed to patients early on, and as you progress in your studies you’ll work in our outreach clinics in Canary Wharf, Stratford and Southend-on-Sea.

We encourage you to take a holistic approach to dentistry by studying the human sciences along with your core dentistry modules – including sociology and psychology – to examine patients’ attitude to oral healthcare and the dental profession.

Structure

This is a new programme within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. 

BSc Oral Health is superseding our longstanding DipHE Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, established in 1983. 

Our aim is to assist students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are necessary to practice as a dental care professional in the 21st century.

Year 1

Basic Clinical Sciences
This module is designed to provide an in-depth, scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body systems in health and disease (e.g. musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory), including Oral Biology (consisting, Head & Neck, Oral Cavity, Immunology & Pathology) and Dental Materials, in order to provide appropriate health promotion advice and clinical intervention in the promotion of optimal oral health.

Public Health & Evidence Based Dentistry
This module is designed to introduce the themes of Global Health & Evidence Based Dentistry and consider the principles of clinical and population epidemiology. Students will develop critical appraisal skills and integrate evidence into the wider social context; this will develop skills in critical engagement and the commitment to continuous learning (life-long learning)

Professionalism, Teamwork & Social Responsibility
This module will develop the themes of professionalism, team working & social responsibility through enhancing your values, attitudes and behaviours, which will underpin the science and practice of dentistry with professional ethics, healthcare law, sociology and psychology, team working and social responsibility to produce dental professionals for the future. These will link to the provision of patient care management. It will additionally encourage commitment to continuous life long learning.

Clinical Practice
This module has been designed to encompass total patient care, and through this, a philosophy of continual learning & layering of information gained from engagement and delivery of dental care for patients. Clinical Practice will be delivered as a continuum in stages commencing with the acquisition of skills during Year 2 in the clinical skills laboratory and transition from the laboratory to the clinic prior to treating patients.

Year 2

Clinical Sciences
This module will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of how systemic health or disease affects oral health, and how this may impact on the provision of dental care.  This student will utilise this knowledge in order to provide safe dental care to a range of patients with complex medical histories. An understanding of pharmacology will be further developed and consolidated in relation to a patient’s medical history.

Public Health & Evidence Based Dentistry
The course combines structured Evidenced Based Dentistry and Dental Public Health teaching, and will build on concepts introduced in Year 1. You will be encouraged to use your EBD skills (including asking structured questions, searching for research and critically-appraising the research) and apply it to your clinical practice.

You will focus on exploring national oral health trends and social inequalities in oral health in the UK. You will also be introduced to new concepts such as patient-reported oral health measures, the link between general health and oral health and oral health promotion.

Professionalism, Teamwork & Social Responsibility
This module  builds upon knowledge and skills acquisition gained in Year 1 and continues to develop professionalism, teamworking, and social responsibility, with further development of the theme of complaints handling which will be integrated into Clinical Practice. Much of this module will be embedded into patient care, with some specific academic teaching in key areas. Special Care Dentistry will become a key feature throughout this year and will continue through the year.

Clinical Practice
This module builds on the skills learnt in Year 1 to provide students with the knowledge and operative clinical skills to treatment plan, prevent disease and manage the restoration of the dentitions across all ages, with some of the clinical experience gained within outreach facilities. Dental materials, oral medicine and Treatment planning will be enhanced through academic teaching and clinics.

Year 3

Professionalism, Teamwork & Social Responsibility
This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquisition gained in Year 2 and continues to develop professionalism, teamworking, and social responsibility, and continues to expand students communication and teamworking skills as they work with different patients in varied dental environments. Management and leadership skills will become a feature throughout this year to enable novice clinicians to understand the leadership and management skills required to nurture a constructive working environment.

Clinical Practice – Child Oral Health
This module has been designed to bring together all the knowledge and skills taught previously to enable students to assess, diagnose, treatment plan and treat children within their scope of practice.  This will ensure that you will be undertaking a holistic approach to patient care, considering aspects such as law and ethics, professionalism and teamwork and how this affects the management and treatment of patients.

Clinical Practice – Restorative
This module has been designed to bring together all the knowledge and skills taught previously to enable students to assess, diagnose, treatment plan and treat adults within their scope of practice.  This will ensure that as dental professionals, you will be undertaking a holistic approach to patient care, considering aspects such as law and ethics, professionalism and teamwork and how this affects the management and treatment of patients.

Additional Costs: Students are encouraged to attend at least one conference that is relevant to your studies and future role as a graduate, which would be self funded. The cost for the conference, accommodation and travel is usually in the region of £250.00. You will attend outreach clinics and you will need to cover the costs of travel to local placements, although the Southend placement will have some financial support.

You also need to purchase a clinical uniform and protective eyewear, in addition to books, although there is a well stocked library on site.

We do not offer the option of an Intercalated degrees

Careers & Experience

  • Clinical experience gained within the Dental Hospital and outreach centres, supervised by a variety of clinical lecturers, who may be General Dental Practitioners.
  • Upon successful completion of our BSc Oral Health, students will be eligible to register with the General Dental Council, primarily as a dental therapist but also a dental hygienist.
  • Dental hygienists and therapists have many options open to them. They can work in general practice, both for the NHS or privately, in the community or in the armed forces, at home or overseas. There are also opportunities to be involved in dental research and education.
  • We have a 100% graduate employability rate.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs (or recognised equivalent)

A minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade C or (from 2017) Grade 4, including English, Mathematics, Biology (or Human Biology) and Chemistry. The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

IELTS or equivalent
(for European or International applicants)

IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other components (must be within 2 year validity).  Please see www.qmul.ac.uk/international/international-students/englishlanguagerequirements/

Work Experience

We will consider relevant work experience, including observing a dental hygienist or therapist (or general dental practitioner) at work.  Please include this information in your personal statement to support your application.  You will still be required to meet our academic requirements.

A-Levels

ABB including Biology.  Pass grade in the practical endorsement of Science A-Levels.  General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

32 points overall including 655 in HL Subjects including HL Biology.

Dental Nursing (NVQ Level 3 Oral Health Care / NEBDN)

Accepted in lieu of one A-Level.  A-Level grades AB including Biology are required in addition.

Cambridge Pre-U
(Principal Subjects)

D3 M2 M2 in Principal Subjects including Biology.  Combinations of A-Levels and Principal subjects are accepted at grades D3 = A; M2 = B.

Scottish Highers
and Advanced Highers

ABB from three Advanced Highers including Biology.  Accepted in combination with Highers if taking at least two Advanced Highers at grades AB including Biology.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Five subject passes at Higher level, including grades of at least H1, H2, H2, H3, H3 including Biology.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Considered for entry on a case by case basis. 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.  You must take at least 15 credits in Biology.

BTEC (QCF) 2010

Not accepted for entry.

BTEC (RQF) Nationals (first teaching in 2016)

BTEC (RQF) Nationals in Applied Science are considered for entry on a case by case basis. DDM overall with at least two Distinctions and a Merit in three externally assessed mandatory units.

International Equivalent Qualifications

We consider international qualifications for this programme where applicants are taking the correct subject requirements.  Please refer to our International pages for general guidelines: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/international-students/countries/

Selection Criteria

  • Historically, applications for Dental Hygiene and Therapy in 2018 was heavily oversubscribed with approx. 600 applications for 10 places. We are expecting a similar number of applications for the new BSc in Oral Health.
  • Applications will be considered by the Admissions and Dental teams for applications that are received prior to 15th January. The pre-interview screening process will already have ensured that all candidates invited to interview demonstrate academic potential to be successful.
  • Those who are not invited for interview will be informed, through UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.
  • Prior to receiving an offer to study on the BSc Oral Health you will be invited to attend an interview; no offers are made without interview. Interviews are offered to applicants who score highly according to the selection process rankings.     
  • We cannot offer other dates outside of the interview period. If you’re unable to attend your allocated multiple mini interview, we may be able to change your appointment to another day or time during the interview period, but this is not guaranteed.
  • The interview process for 2019 entry will follow a multiple mini interview format, with each station having an interviewer. Each MMI station is independent of the other stations; each interviewer will score their station independently. Following the interview, your scores are computed to provide staff with your overall score and ranking and offers are based on these aggregate scores.
  • Each station will be five minutes long and there will be a one-minute gap between stations. In the one-minute gap, you will move to the next station and read the information so that you can begin to prepare. The total circuit will be approx. 1 hour in duration.
  • The station where you start will be allocated at random and you will move round the circuit from station to station until you have completed them all.
  • The interview is not a test of your knowledge, but aims to explore your attitudes, views and whether you have the personal qualities and attributes to become a dental care professional suitable for registration with the General Dental Council upon graduation from the programme. Qualities and values set out in the NHS constitution include: working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives. The full list of values can viewed at https://www.hee.nhs.uk/about/our-values
  • The interviewers are selected from both the university and clinical environments and have undergone specific training and guidance for interviewing applicants that include equality and diversity. We appreciate that some candidates will be nervous, so staff will ensure that interviews are conducted in as relaxed an environment as possible.

Feedback

Feedback is only given directly to unsuccessful applicants who request this in writing by email or letter.  Feedback will only provide the numerical score from the interview and the position of this score in the overall ranking.

Application Process


Application

Candidates who meet our minimum academic requirements must apply through UCAS before the 15th January for consideration.  Late applications will not be considered.  This course is open to UK, EU and international applicants.

Shortlisting

This course has limited spaces.  Applications are assessed against the academic and non-academic criteria.  Successful applicants are invited to interview.

Interviews

Multiple mini interviews (MMI) which are usually held in the first two weeks of April.  No offers are made without an interview.

Offers

Possible outcomes:

  1. An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
  2. Unsuccessful
  3. Waiting list – candidates who are unplaced elsewhere may be reconsidered after the summer examination result

Clearance Checks

Successful applicants will be required to have:

  1. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  2. Occupational Health Check – to be deemed fit to undertake Exposure Prone Procedures. 

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018 entry
Full-time £9,250*

Tuition fees for International students

2018 entry 
Full-time £22,500*

*Please note these are provisional tuition fees which may be subject to change for 2019/20 entry

Further advice

https://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/

The Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary offers detailed advice and guidance on all aspects of student finance and more. It also offers advice to international students about all the financial, practical and immigration-related aspects of studying at Queen Mary.

Contact the Advice and Counselling Service on:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717 
www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/