Mentoring in Dental Practice  Advanced Certificate

Mentoring in Dental Practice Advanced Certificate

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    One semester

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    12 January 2021

  • Award Type:

    Advanced Certificate

Why study this programme?

The Advanced Certificate Mentoring in Dental Practice is intended for dental professionals who wish to undertake the role of mentor in the dental environment.

The aim of the course is to equip members of the dental team to fulfil the role of mentor with colleagues who require support to fulfil the requirements of professional practice in Dental care or who have been the subject of Fitness to Practice review.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must be experienced dentists/dental care professionals who are currently registered with the General Dental Council, with the ability to study at Level 7 (providing evidence on the application form of study at Level 6 or above, or considerable experience of relevant professional development activities) and wanting to undertake the role of mentor. 

For candidates without a current teaching qualification (e.g. Advanced Certificate Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice, PGCE, Cert Ed (FE), and Preparing to Teach in Life Long Learning sector qualifications) attendance at an additional introductory access day “Supporting Learning in Dental Practice” is required.

Programme at a Glance

Day 1  – Introductory day for ALL participants. Intended learning outcome: Critically analyse the purpose and context of the mentoring relationship within Dentistry

Supporting Learning in Dentistry - (ONLY for those participants who do not hold a teaching qualification) Supporting Learning in Dental Care Practice mentoring access course. This day will aim to introduce concepts, theories and strategies for supporting learning.

Supporting Learning in Dentistry can also be accessed as a one day verifiable CPD course for dental professionals who wish to develop or refresh some basic skills in teaching and learning. students wishing to attend this one day course can apply using the booking form. Cost of course to be confirmed on application.

Day 2  - Intended learning outcome: Demonstrate effective use of a range of communication skills required within the mentoring relationship - supported by actors

Day 3  - Intended learning outcome: Discuss the ethical and legal implications of the mentoring relationship within dental care practice

Day 4  - Intended learning outcome: Evaluate and support progress of mentees using a range of facilitation, assessment and feedback strategies

Day 5 - Intended learning outcome: All participants will engage in assessment activity to demonstrate achievement of all course learning outcomes - Supported by actors 

Further Information

Mentoring in Dental Practice is a double module (40 credits) at postgraduate level which combines: a one day access course “Supporting learning” for would be mentors who do not have a teaching qualification (not required for those who have a teaching qualification), a series of five day-long taught and interactive workshops spread over a 12 week period for all participants, a supportive programme of e-learning activities and resources.

The course will address issues including:

  • Best practice in mentorship: reviewing theories and evidence
  • Roles and boundaries in the mentoring relationship
  • Causes of impaired performance and sources of support for mentors and mentees
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Legal, ethical and financial aspects of the mentoring relationship

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £2,304

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course will involve lectures, small group discussions, presentations by course participants and simulated mentoring activity using actors and therefore participants should be willing to engage fully with these diverse educational methods. The course will be taught by both subject specialists from the University and selected guest speakers.

  • A case-based report of approximately 5000 words, allowing participants to critically examine the challenges of mentoring through a specific case study and demonstrating how they would address these challenges
  • A presentation of a given aspect of mentoring to the course participants and assessors.
  • A demonstration of effective mentorship skills in a simulated mentoring situation

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