• Nurses will become qualified as a Dental Nurse, GDC registered and
legally allowed to work within the allowed remits of their job role as
a Dental Nurse
• Minimal time taken away from practice: the majority of the qualification
will be delivered online allowing you/your staff to learn at a time and
place that suits you
• The practice will receive a year’s worth of free CPD to support their
continued learning needs
• The learner and other practice members will receive preferential
treatment for our other qualifications (ILM, foundation and postgraduate)
• First Aid Essentials
• Reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting
• The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
• Prepare and maintain environment, instruments and equipment for
clinical dental procedures
• Principles of infection control in the dental environment
• Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients’ oral health
• Contribute to the production of dental images
• Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of
periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
• Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable
• Provide chairside support for the non-surgical endodontic treatment
• Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral
• Provide information and support to patients on the protection of their
• Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
• Dental radiography
• Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures
• Mock technical certificate examination
• Revision techniques
• Preparation and experience in sitting the technical examination
• Feedback and help
• Tutor Support
• Technical Unit Exams
• Online Learning Platform
• Personal Development Plan
• eLearning Modules
Our course will enable you to develop advanced skills and knowledge in restorative dentistry. Building on basic principles, the course provides consultant-led clinical and laboratory practice. You will undertake restorative cases requiring both routine and complex treatments. This involves treatment planning, clinical procedures and technical work.
The course has a substantial clinical component with clinically related sessions accounting for 60%. Specialists and consultants provide clinical teaching and supervision, supported by a comprehensive seminar programme. You can find profiles of our staff on the School of Dental Sciences website.
We provide an evidence base for restorative dentistry and opportunities for applied research. The research element of the course contributes to 40% of the final mark. You will undertake a research project that contributes to the Centre of Oral Health Research (COHR) research profile. You will also have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned researchers in the COHR.
Our graduates have progressed to careers in:
-Enhanced dental practice
-Restorative consultancy (in the UK and abroad)
-Senior academic posts
The course is highly reviewed by our external examiners and by former students. Our students always emphasise the importance of engaging with like-minded and enthusiastic colleagues.
This is a full time taught course. Part time study is only available for those enrolled on a Northern Deanery training programme (eg Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry).
We deliver teaching through:
All teaching takes place during the day at our Newcastle campus. We make full use of our partnership with the NHS, involving:
The School of Dental Sciences is modern, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. We enjoy well-equipped, light and airy clinics. You will have access to our dental e-learning portfolio (identity). We will also loan you a tablet device to facilitate and encourage engagement with the evidence base during treatment clinics.
We have a range of research laboratories and a clinical research facility. This enables us to offer clinical training/research opportunities of the highest international standard.
There is no formal interview for entry to this course, but we may request contact via Skype to talk about your application. We encourage you to visit the School of Dental Sciences to discuss your studies. Alongside your application please submit a personal statement including:
The course starts in September.
Applications for September 2018 entry are now open. The closing date for entry is May 2018, however, we recommend you apply as early as possible as places are limited.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
This course is for healthcare professionals interested and involved in a teaching or training role who want to develop their skills and expertise in clinical and educational practice. You study the teaching skills needed to support and assess learners in the workplace.
It helps you to meet your organisation's training needs, aiming to ensure better educational experiences for all staff. The healthcare educator has a lead role in developing a flexible workforce that can address future challenges in healthcare delivery. By providing a clear link to patient outcomes, educators can help to address the variation in standards of healthcare education and training currently delivered.
As a dentist, doctor or allied health professional you can demonstrate your revalidation and continuing professional development as the course is mapped to recognised professional standards.
If you are a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse you can gain registration as an NMC teacher with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. You can also apply for accreditation with the Higher Education Academy and practice educator accreditation with the Society of Radiographers.
You are introduced to contemporary issues in healthcare education that place the educator at the heart of service enhancement and better patient care. We explore with you your role as an educational leader and interprofessional educator.
Action learning sets with your peers enable you to explore key theories and strategies and then apply them critically to your practice. You have opportunities to rehearse skills and explore a variety of learning teaching and assessment strategies. Face-to-face or online workshops allow you to explore contemporary issues and instigate new educational opportunities in your workplace.
You develop teaching and learning skills applicable to various clinical settings. You also draw on current work-based teaching and learning to strengthen links between your professional practice and educational role.
During the course you design and develop learning packages that have an evidence-based approach. You evaluate a range of learning and teaching strategies and develop your personal teaching style, in line with your educational and specialist expertise.
Observed teaching practice is available where you teach small groups of students in the workplace or at the University. We encourage you to film your teaching practice and receive feedback on your performance. This helps inform your teaching practice and identify your strengths and weaknesses. You also develop on-going action plans to address these issues and support your development.
Both full-time and part-time students are taught alongside each other on the course. This ensures that you are part of a larger group and will be able to share ideas and discuss issues with a range of different professionals.
The distance learning route runs parallel, using collaboration tools via the University's virtual learning environment Blackboard. You learn in action learning groups and use discussion forums and web portfolios to demonstrate your new knowledge. Social media helps bring you together with your peers to share comments and create a strong course community.
We provide tailored support to ensure you gain the most out of your course including one-to-one tutorial support. You are taught by an enthusiastic and multiprofessional course team passionate about high quality education for better patient care.
When you successfully complete the postgraduate certificate you may receive Higher Education Agency (HEA) accreditation as Fellow or Associate Fellow - dependent on your role as an educator, which recognises your skills in teaching and learning to a national standard.
If you are a therapy radiographer, College of Radiographers approval has been applied for and further information will be given as this process reaches a conclusion.
**The postgraduate certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Nurse Teacher. **You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.
If you are an allied health professional then by completing a module in year one you can gain accreditation as a practice educator.
The course is mapped to AoME standards and COPDEND standards for doctors and dentists to use as evidence for continuing professional development.
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.
The masters award (MSc) is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
Postgraduate certificate core modules
Postgraduate diploma core modules
This course helps your career path in education and clinical practice. The ability to facilitate learning in others is an essential part of professional practice in modern healthcare settings.
Students from the medical professions use this course as part of their preparation for consultant posts. The course allows you to evidence and demonstrate educational leadership.
NMC registered professionals can use this towards gaining NMC teacher status. Others choose to enhance their career as part of a higher education team providing pre-registration nursing and midwifery education.
Dental trainers have used this course to enhance their eligibility in the support of dental trainees.