Orthodontic Therapy Programme (GDC Approved) (Leading to Dip. Orth Ther RCSEd) Dip

Orthodontic Therapy Programme (GDC Approved) (Leading to Dip. Orth Ther RCSEd) Dip

The UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme is a one-year course designed to train Dental Care Professionals as Orthodontic Therapists. The course develops the student’s underlying knowledge of basic dental sciences and then develops the application of this knowledge to the treatment of orthodontic patients in the clinical environment.

On successful completion of coursework and examination elements, the student will then undertake the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy final examinations offered by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in order to gain GDC registered status as an Orthodontic Therapist.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

One year


School of Dentistry

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

July each year

Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C or above, or equivalent
  • NVQ Level 3 in Oral Healthcare, or equivalent
  • Current employment as a dental nurse, dental hygienist, dental therapist or dental technician, and being on the statutory register
  • At least one year full-time post-qualification experience or equivalent.

Suitable candidates will be selected after interview with the Course Leader. The Clinical Mentors (Trainers) will be required to meet Course Representatives to discuss their responsibilities and mentoring expectations unless they have acted as Clinical Mentor previously.

As part of the selection process your Clinical Mentor will be expected to complete a self-assessment workplace questionnaire, which may be followed-up by a workplace inspection to ensure that the training facilities within the Specialist Practice or equivalent are appropriate for clinical training.

The next course starts on 27th June 2016 and interviews will be held on 1st February 2016.

Please see the 'How to Apply' section of this page for detailed information on the application process.

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 UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme is a one-year course designed to train Dental Care Professionals as Orthodontic Therapists. The introduction of the Dental Care Professional Register in 2006 now permits Dental Care Professionals to train as Orthodontic Therapists and treat orthodontic patients in the UK, under the supervision of an Orthodontist.

The General Dental Council has stated that individuals can register and work as orthodontic therapists following completion of an approved course and by successfully obtaining a Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy. The UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme has been approved by the General Dental Council as an appropriate course for the training of Orthodontic Therapists. 

Basic sciences relevant to the principles and clinical application of Orthodontic Therapy will be studied. The student will then be expected to gain and enhance their clinical skills in the insertion, placement, fitment, and removal of fixed, removable and headgear orthodontic appliances.

Content and Course Format

The 1-year course comprises the following:

  1. An initial 2 week - training block in July including the 2-day Mentor Training Event. 
  2. A full time 3-week block of training at UCLan in September, followed by 12 study days over the year to be held at UCLan. 
  3. Workplace training in an approved orthodontic practice or department, with the Specialist Orthodontist or Consultant Orthodontist acting as the workplace clinical Mentor/Trainer.

Course at a glance

The course comprises 3 modules delivered over 45 weeks:

ZZ1021 Foundation Clinical Knowledge of Orthodontic Therapy (40 Credits)
ZZ1022 Clinical Practice of Orthodontic Therapy (60 Credits)
ZZ1023 Communication, Professionalism, Leadership and Management in Orthodontic Therapy (20 Credits)


  • 31 May 2016 - Closing date for receipt of applications
  • Date 1st February 2016 - Applicants and their Clinical Mentors will be invited to UCLan. Applicants will be interviewed by the Course Leader (Specialist Orthodontist). The Clinical Mentor will meet with members of the Course Team to discuss support and logistical issues
  • February 8th 2016 - Offers will be sent to successful applicants
  • 1st June 2016 - Acceptances will need to be received to confirm your place on the course
  • 27th June 2016 - Course begins. Block of 2 weeks study days including the 2-day Mentor Training Event 
  • 12th September 2016 - Three-week block training programme at Preston 
  • October 2016 - Students return to clinical practice 
  • October 2016 - June 2017 - In practice clinical training plus one-day per month visit to Preston 
  • June 2017 - Final assessments and course end

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course involves teaching from a variety of Consultants and Specialist Orthodontists. This will be delivered using a mixture of seminars and lectures which will cover the theoretical aspects of the Orthodontic Therapy curriculum. In addition, clinical training (typodont exercises) will take place at UCLan’s clinical suite which include phantom head and clinical teaching rooms. 

Students will attend formal lectures, seminars, group discussions/tutorials, demonstrations and practical sessions in the Phantom Head Laboratory. In Clinical Practice, students will receive one-to-one tuition from the Clinical Mentor.

Knowledge and understanding will be assessed by short written examinations. Clinical competency will be assessed by mini clinical evaluation exercises under lab conditions, by direct observation of procedural skills, and by a progressive logbook of clinical activity.

Academic Expertise

The Course Leader is Dr Hemant Patel BDS, M.Orth, RCS(Edin), M Orth RCS(Eng) MRCP(glas)

Hemant qualified as a dentist in 1991 from the University of Liverpool. After a period of vocational training in general dental practice and various hospital posts he commenced specialist training at the University of Manchester. He obtained his certificate of specialist training and the membership in orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In February 2009 he was made a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow.

Hemant is registered as a Specialist Orthodontist with the General Dental Council. He is a member of the Specialist Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society, and a Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists.

Hemant is a member of the following associations:

  • British Dental Association
  • British Orthodontic Society
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • British Lingual Orthodontic Society
  • British Orthodontic Society University Teachers Group

Learning outcome & aims

The student will train under the close supervision of their Mentor. After successful completion of all modules of the course, including satisfactory workplace reports, end-of-module assessments and a project, the student can then apply to sit for the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy examination awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (Dip. Orth. Ther. RCSEd).

Industry links & professional accreditation

The UCLan Orthodontic Therapy Programme has been approved by the General Dental Council as an appropriate course for the training of Orthodontic Therapists.

Work experience and international opportunities

This Course involves working within your existing Orthodontic Practice as a Student Orthodontic therapist under the specialist supervision of an Orthodontist on the GDC Specialist Register. Completion of the programme will allow you to progress and be employed as a GDC Registered Orthodontic Therapist.

Graduate Careers

The opportunity for career progression as a result of completing this award will ensure that the dental care professional can play a much more active role within the dental team, providing treatment under the supervision of the dentist.


Student from Cert HE Orthodontic Therapy cohort 2013:

"Studying orthodontic therapy at the University of Central Lancashire, has been enjoyable, rewarding, and very beneficial. Learning from experienced clinicians and being able to use the top of the range equipment has given me a great opportunity to further my knowledge as well as my career. I would strongly recommend this 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 will be: £13,500

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.

The next course starts on 27th June 2016 and there are 16 places available.

The closing date for applications is 02 May 2016. However we will accept applications after this date up to 6th June 2016 if all places are still available

Please download and complete the following forms:

  • Application for Admission to the CertHE Orthodontic Therapy Programme for completion by the Applicant - Application form 
  • Clinical Mentor application form for completion by the Orthodontist who will be supporting the applicant - Application pack (.pdf 278KB)

Application guidance notes (.pdf 160KB)

Once completed, please return them as soon as possible to:

Admissions Office
University of Central Lancashire


Tel: 01772 892444


UCAS Code:

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom

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