We offer wide range of Continuing Professional Development modules and learning pathways to clinicians
and health care professionals. We also offer an extensive range of bespoke workshops and courses which can be tailored to your exact needs.
We have one of the largest portfolios of oral health science courses in the
east of England, putting us in a strong position to provide you with excellent
training and education that leads to registration with the
General Dental Council (GDC). We have a number of facilities at our Southend
Campus you can benefit from whilst training for your career in oral health,
- purpose-built facilities for our oral health courses
- the Forum (a brand new state-of-the-art library and learning facilities)
- Students' Union
- sports facilities
We offer a range of courses applicable for hygienists and therapists both in
the UK and internationally. Our Foundation degree is ideal if you would like to
register as a hygienist with the GDC, or if you are looking for a cost-effective
way of training your staff to the level of hygienist.
The BSc Oral Health Science builds on the Foundation degree and provides the
additional skills required to be a therapist with an active part in clinic.
Alternatively, if you have already trained as a hygienist (in the UK or
elsewhere) or are a therapist and want to brush up your skills or register with
the GDC, we have the relevant modules available.
FdSc Oral Health Science (Hygiene)
Since 2007 we have offered our Foundation degree in Oral Health Science at
our Southend Campus. This course not only prepares you for a career as a dental
hygienist, but successful completion enables you to register as a dental
hygienist with the GDC.
Are you based outside of the UK and want to train as a dental hygienist? We
are now able to offer a limited number of places to international applicants.
Full information is in the
course details or alternatively contact the administrator
BSc Oral Health Science (Therapy)
Our BSc Oral Health Science prepares you for a career as a dental therapist
and successful completion of the course enables you to register with the GDC as
a dental therapist. Based on our two-year, full-time
FdSc Oral Health Science, our unique BSc (Hons) Oral Health Science is also
delivered at our state-of-the-art facilities in Southend and commences in
January each year.
BSc Oral Health Science is a one-year programme open to existing registered dental
hygienists wanting to develop their role within the dental team. If gives you the
opportunity to study and develop professionally while being flexible enough for you
to continue to work as a dental hygienist.
Dental hygienist adaptation module
HS745 Dental hygienist adaptation module (.pdf) is available to both
international applicants and returning UK hygienists.
Have you already trained and qualified as a dental hygienist outside the UK,
and undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professions assessment of your existing
qualification? This adaptation module will help you achieve the GDC required
learning outcomes for registration as a hygienist in the UK.
Returning UK hygienists
Are you a UK hygienist returning to practice? This adaptation module is an
ideal refresher course that can offer you required CPD hours for re-registration
with the GDC.
How to apply
Dental therapist reskill module
Do you want to revisit your dental therapist clinical skills and
competencies? Many dental care professionals already possess a joint dental
hygiene and dental therapy qualification, but a large proportion do not practise
the skills of a dental therapist in their workplace. With the advent of the new
NHS dental contract the skills of a dental therapist are becoming a valuable
part of the new skills mix structure for the delivery of oral health care in the
HS746 dental therapist reskill module (.pdf) is taught in our
state-of-the-art dental laboratory. It allows you as
an existing qualified dental therapist to consolidate your skills to a level of
contemporary competence and underpin your knowledge so that it is consistent
with that of a practising dental therapist.
How to apply
MSc Periodontology and MSc Advanced Periodontal Practice
spent the last year establishing clinically-based postgraduate/post-registration
level education for dentists as well as hygienists/therapists in periodontology.
We offer three-year part-time courses in:
We are constantly looking at ways we can meet and address current health care
and clinical needs, as well as anticipate future workforce developments within
the profession. Further information will be posted on
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