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:Pre-registration

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time

DELIVERY METHOD: Distance with attendance

COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: Two Years

SCHOOL: School of Dentistry

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: 10 September 2020

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.

Applications are invited for the UCLan Clinical Dental Technology programme– to commence in September 2021 (Closing date for applications has now been extended to 14th February 2020). It is unlikely that we will have any vacancies for September 2020 but successful applicants will be held on a reserve list for 2020. 

Complete the Online Application Form

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). Interviews days for prospective candidates will be in March/April 2020 (Date to be confirmed) at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Allen Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. All applicants must be GDC registered Dental Technicians. All applicants will be asked to you bring their original documents relating to your Dental Technology qualifications along with their General Dental Council Registration Certificate to the interview. For all non-UK students for whom English is not their first language, proof of competence in English Language as evidenced by IELTS Grade 7.0 or above in each of the four IELTS components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).


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The day will consist of (in no particular order):

  •  A presentation from the Course Leader or Associate Dean of the School.
  • A series of 5 mini interviews - each station of the mini interviews will consist of 2 minutes preparation, followed by 5 minutes at the station. Topics will include amongst others: communication skills, knowledge of Clinical Dental Technology and the Dental Profession, ethics and professionalism.
  • There will be a laboratory skills test. You will be asked to do a complete/complete wax try in. Basic lab equipment, wax knives, coats etc. will be provided, but you may bring your own if you prefer.
  • Tour of the UCLan Dental School and Dental Clinic.
  • Verification of certificates.

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The morning interviews are expected to end by 12:30 and the afternoon interviews by 4:30pm.

This may look a bit daunting, but we feel that it is fairer to applicants because it rules out any unconscious bias that can occur in a traditional interview.

We look forward to and hope you are successful in your application 

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

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.

Industry links & professional accreditation

On successful completion of this course students will be entered for the Royal College of Edinburgh Clinical Dental Technology Diploma examination. On gaining the Diploma students will be able to register with General Dental Council (GDC).

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'. 

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£9,659 per year

For 2020/21 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Complete the Online Application Form

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

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400