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. Clinical work requires the supervision of a Specialist Orthodontist who will act as a Mentor through the course

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.

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Entry and Admissions



STUDY MODE: Part time



UCAS CODE: Please note that this course is not available to apply to via UCAS

SCHOOL: School of Dentistry

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: 7 September 2020

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.

If your first language is not English, you need to complete an English language test in advance. We require:

  • An IELTS score of at least 7 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing components)
  • TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer based), or 92 (internet based)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 65

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.

Previous post qualifications in Dental Radiography, Impression Taking, Oral Health Education or Orthodontic Nursing are desirable, but not essential.

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

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 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 including the 2-day Mentor Training Event. 
  2. A full time 3-week block of training at UCLan, 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 52 weeks:

  • ZZ0031 Foundation Clinical Knowledge of Orthodontic Therapy (40 Credits)
  • ZZ0032 Clinical Practice of Orthodontic Therapy (60 Credits)
  • ZZ0033 Communication, Professionalism, Leadership and Management in Orthodontic Therapy (20 Credits)

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 their Specialist 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 Dental Foundation 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 and passing the Royal College of Edinburgh Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy examinations 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.


Students from previous Orthodontic Therapy programmes

"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."

From a Specialist Orthodontic Mentor:

“I took part in a training day at the commencement of the course. From the outset I found the syllabus and layout of the course very structured and well organised. I cannot recommend the course highly enough, in particular the efforts made to prepare the students so well for the final exams.”

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
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please note that this course is not available to apply to via UCAS

Please apply using our Online Application and also attach the Clinical Mentor Application form (to be completed by the Clinical Mentor) within the Application pack and attach to the online application before submitting.

For queries please email the Postgraduate Admissions team at pgapplications@uclan.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0)1772 892444.

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