Clinical Dental Technology

Clinical Dental Technology

The School of Dentistry at UCLan have developed a new part-time course in Clinical Dental Technology Studies. This course is designed to train and prepare Dental Technicians for the qualifying examination in Clinical Dental Technology at the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

The course is delivered over six terms spanning two years. Each term has 5 teaching sessions of two consecutive days. The days are Thursday - mainly theoretical and laboratory based teaching, and Friday which will be mainly clinical teaching.

The course is taught by UCLan School of Dentistry staff at the Preston campus using the onsite UCLan Dental Clinic and other facilities.

The benefits to you as a student are:

  • - No requirement for a clinical placement or clinical mentor
  • - Patients provided for your clinical sessions
  • - Working in UCLan Dental Clinic under supervision of experienced clinical teachers
  • - Learning through a step by step approach in preparation for the demands of being a professional clinical dental technician, which requires no previous experience.
  • - Lectures, tutorials, and case-based teaching led by senior clinical teachers and practicing Clinical Dental Technicians
  • - Unlimited access to a web-based learning system to support your learning
  • - Personal tutors to support you on and off campus.


Entry and Admissions

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Distance with attendance

Course Length:

Part-time: Two Years


School of Dentistry

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September 2016

Entry Requirements:

Registered with the GDC as a Dental Technician

An academic qualification in Dental Technology, or an equivalent professional qualification, or significant and relevant proven professional experience is required

A current certificate of immunisation against communicable diseases (Hepatitis B) 

Agreement to notify the University of any Events, as they might occur through the duration of the programme, which would affect DBS reports

This course is specifically designed for Dental Technicians to develop their career by enhancing their scope of practice. Successful completion of the course will allow them to gain registerable status as a Clinical Dental Technologist and become a member of the primary care team.

Key Dates

The provisional start date for the next programme is THURSDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2016.

Applications should be submitted by MONDAY 4TH JANUARY 2016. In order to apply online, please see the ‘HOW TO APPLY’ section below.

Interviews will be held on TUESDAY 16th & WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2016.

DBS Checks:

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The course will be delivered over six terms spanning two years. Each term will have 5 teaching sessions of two consecutive days. The days will be Thursday mainly theoretical and laboratory based teaching and Friday which will be mainly clinical teaching.

All clinical teaching, training and treatment sessions will be supervised by qualified and experienced university clinical tutors.

During the course you will gain underpinning knowledge and study basic oral anatomy, physiology, and biology, whilst also acquiring additional clinical skills. Initially, you will have the opportunity to practise the clinical stages of denture construction on manikins, and then have the opportunity to carry them out under supervision of experienced dentists and CDTs. The ‘hands-on’ emphasis on clinical training makes for an exciting and interactive way of learning.

The course will be modular comprising 6 modules. The complete module descriptors and assessment strategies are attached but briefly will consist of modules in each year of Clinical Dental Technology Knowledge, Clinical Dental Technology Skills and Teamwork and Professionalism in Clinical Dental Technology.

Six modules are studied during the course:

Year 1
Clinical Dental Technology Knowledge 1
Clinical Dental Technology Foundation Skills 1
Teamwork and Professionalism in Clinical Dental Technology 1

Year 2
Clinical Dental Technology Knowledge 2
Clinical Dental Technology Skills 2
Teamwork and Professionalism in Clinical Dental Technology 2

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will attend formal lectures, seminars, group discussions/tutorials, demonstrations and practical sessions in the Phantom Head Laboratory, Clinical and Laboratory facilities. In the Dental Clinic students will receive support from a clinical tutor. To support all coursework activities, students will have web-based learning materials and personal tutor support.


All six modules within the programme include assessments.

Knowledge and understanding will be assessed by written and practical coursework. Clinical competency will be assessed through in-course assessment. 

Assessment is an essential part of your learning. It provides evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes. You must pass all elements of assessments contained within each module. A range of assessment methods are used across the programme to ensure that the learning outcomes have been met.

In Year 1 students must pass a Clinical progression examination before treating patients under supervision within the UCLan Dental Clinic. There will also be a written examination towards the end of Year 1 which must be passed to allow you to progress to Year 2.

Students will also be required to maintain a reflective portfolio and complete written assignments in the first year.

In Year 2 students will continue to treat patients under supervision and maintain a clinical log of all cases that they undertake. Students will need to complete written assignments and case presentations of their patients.

Students will be given opportunities to undertake formative assessment exercises to gain valuable feedback about their improvement and progression throughout the course ways to improve or how well they are doing.

Types of assessment utilised include the following:

  • - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
  • - Clinical In Course Assessment 
  • - Written Clinical Knowledge Essays and Professional Assignments
  • - Clinical Case Presentations 
  • - Written Examinations (End of Year 1)

Successful completion of the course will meet the requirements for entry to the Royal College examination.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

This programme has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a paper-based submission. The GDC Quality Assurance Team will carry out an on-site inspection of the programme and examinations prior to the first cohort of students qualifying, wherein approval for the purposes of registration with the GDC will be assessed by an expert panel of inspectors. This is the process for all new dental care professional (DCP) programmes.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

UCLan’s Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


'I would like to personally thank all of the tutors and staff at UCLan for their continued support throughout the training programme in becoming a Clinical Dental Technician. It is a great qualification to have but without the tutors and GDC this would not be possible. It has been very worthwhile, both financially and professionally, and would urge fellow Dental Technicians to enquire about the course – it is hard work but worth it!'

'Surrounded by top class facilities, the demanding CDT course at UCLan has taught me much more than the clinical stages of denture fabrication and is not to be undertaken lightly.

It's a course that includes medical emergencies, cross infection control & GDC Standards etc; with patient safety at its core.

My successful completion has made me a more integrated member of the clinical team. I would recommend this course to technicians that have the time to dedicate themselves to a challenging course'. 

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is £9,100 per year.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact Course Enquiries to discuss: 01772 892400 or

All suitable applicants will be interviewed at an applicant day where prospective candidates will have the opportunity to tour the facilities and speak with the course team.

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

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United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400