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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE



Programme Specification

This Programme Specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.


Sources of information on the programme can be found in Section 17








  1. Awarding Institution / Body

University of Central Lancashire

  1. Teaching Institution and Location of Delivery

Preston

  1. University School/Centre

School of Dentistry

  1. External Accreditation

General Dental Council – Sufficiency granted 2011

  1. Title of Final Award



Bachelor of Dental Surgery

  1. Modes of Attendance offered




Full time

5 years (A level entry)

Graduate entry pathway 4 years


  1. UCAS Code




A202

  1. Relevant Subject Benchmarking Group(s)

SBS Dentistry GDC

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/honours/Dentistry.pdf

  1. Other external influences



Preparing for practice Dental team learning outcomes for registration

http://www.gdcuk.org/Newsandpublications/Publications/Publications/GDC%20Learning%20Outcomes.pdf
Care Quality Commission http://www.cqc.org.uk/
Indemnity agencies

  1. Date of production/revision of this form

April 2015

  1. Aims of the Programme




  • To develop clinical and academic knowledge and skills in a stimulating and supportive primary care clinical environment, producing graduates fully prepared for subsequent dental foundation-level training and meeting the GDC requirements for registration.

  • To develop lifelong learning skills including, critical appraisal, reflection, team working, communication and professionalism, thereby preparing graduates to take up their role as the leader of the dental team.

  • To produce graduates that at all times consider the best interests of their patients in their professional life.

  1. Learning Outcomes, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods




A. Knowledge and Understanding

A1. Critically understand and apply concepts, theories and contemporary knowledge relevant to the safe delivery of clinical dentistry in general dental practice.

A2. Understand, integrate and apply the associated basic sciences through an evidence based approach of concepts, theories and knowledge relevant to clinical dentistry.

A3. Critically appraise and use appropriate methodologies in primary dental healthcare practice and research.

A4. Understand the requirements and develop methods of achieving the required level of professionalism as applied to a registered general dental practitioner.




Teaching and Learning Methods

Knowledge and understanding are achieved mainly by a student-centred learning approach, supplemented by formal lectures, case based discussions, clinical supervision and practice, blended learning, case presentations and peer discussions.



Assessment methods

Case based discussions, case presentations, clinical performance, written assignments, extended matched items and best fit multiple choice questions, DOP’s OSCEs, portfolio assessment.


B. Subject-specific skills

B1. Demonstrate skills at a competent level pertinent to the safe practice of clinical dentistry.

B2. Demonstrate complementary skills required to contribute to and influence development and evaluation of evidence based practice in the context of the changing health agenda and patient demands and expectations.

B3. Adapt methods of learning under guidance and independently, to meet new patient-led demands relevant to clinical dentistry.

B4. Demonstrate skills and professional attitudes appropriate to a dentist aiming to play a leading role in establishing a safe, validated and predictable service including innovation.





Teaching and Learning Methods

Formal lectures, simulator courses, case based discussion, clinical supervision and practice; clinical training facility based learning and blended learning.


Assessment methods

Clinical training centre in course assessments of performance, DOP’s, OSCEs, case presentations, clinical portfolio assessment.


C. Thinking Skills

C1. Apply theory and knowledge to reflect on experience and performance, to develop independent practice and recognise need to initiate and implement change to management protocol.

C2. Analyse problems and opportunities, systematically develop evidence based responses and recommend strategies for implementing appropriate change or adjustments.

C3. Evaluate own performance and capabilities, use visual and media styles to enhance communication and contribute to peer assessment and national standard setting.


Teaching and Learning Methods

Students are encouraged to complete a Personal Development Portfolio to develop their thinking on personal and academic development. Case studies will be to encourage students to think logically about evidence-based dentistry. Problem solving forms a significant part of the clinical skills modules course and the thinking skills gained in the earlier modules will be utilised at a higher level in the Intergrated Clinical Care module. Experience in clinical placements will encourage students to consider the most suitable career pathway after graduation.


Assessment methods

Thinking skills will be assessed in formal examinations by interpretation-type questions. Personal Development Plans and Reflective Portfolios will also be reviewed.


D. Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

D1. Communicate effectively with patients, their families and associates, and with other health professionals involved in their care

D2. Work with other members of the dental team, providing an appropriate level of leadership.

D3. Demonstrate respect for patients and colleagues that encompasses, without prejudice, diversity of background and opportunity, language and culture.

D4. Use contemporary methods of electronic communication and information management.




Teaching and Learning Methods

Tutorials, Group Work (Journal Club), Clinical Practice and Placements


Assessment methods

Clinical training centre in course assessments, Reflective Portfolios, OSCE’s




13. Programme Structures*


14. Awards and Credits*

Level

Module Code

Module Title

Credit rating




Year 5

Level 7
(Stage 3)



DG4001 DG4002

DG4003



Integrated Clinical Care

Integrated Clinical Knowledge

Health and Professionalism


40

40

40




Bachelor of Dental Surgery Requires 720 credits at Level 4 or above, with a minimum of 120 credits at Level 7, 280 credits at Level 6 or above and 580 credits at Level 5 or above.
(the BDS is awarded without classification, except BDS with Honours upon achievement of an APM at or above 70%; - APM calculated on modules at Stage 2 and 3 with the exception of those indicated *)

Year 4

Level 6
(Stage 3)



DG3002

DG3003 DG3004


DG3005
DG3006

DG3007*



Clinical Skills 3

Clinical Knowledge 3

Health Promotion and Population Studies Part 2

Minor Oral Surgery Knowledge

Oral Diseases

Professional Awareness 3



40

20

20



10

30

40



BSc (Hons) Dental Science

Requires 360 credits including a minimum of 220 at Level 5 or above and including 100 credits at Level 6


BSc Dental Science

Requires 320 credits including a minimum of 180 at Level 5 or above and including 60 credits at Level 6



Year 3

Level 5
(Stage 2)



DG2005 DG2006 DG2007
DG2008
DG2009
DG2011*

Clinical Skills 2

Clinical Knowledge 2

Health Promotion and Population Studies Part 1

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Human Health and Disease

Part 2


Professional Awareness 2

40

20

10


20

30

40






Year 2

Level 5


DG2001
DG2002 DG2003

DG2004
DG2010*

DG2012


Oral Development and Anatomy

Clinical Skills 1

Clinical Knowledge 1

Human Health and Disease

Part 1

Professional Awareness 1



Prosthetics Skills and Knowledge

20
15

15

40


40

10





Year 2 Level 4

DG1001*

DG1002*


Foundation Clinical Skills

Foundation Clinical Knowledge



10

10





Year 1

Level 4


DG1003*

DG1004*


DG1005*

Body Cells and Structure

Body Systems and Nutrition

Body Locomotion and Control


40

40

40






* Modules do not contribute to APM




15. Personal Development Planning


Given that this programme is specifically designed to develop the skills and knowledge of students to enable them to achieve registerable status with the GDC, then the “career development” aspect of PDP is clearly addressed within this programme.
The BDS programme will provide frequent and regular opportunities for the student to reflect on their acquisition and application of clinical knowledge and skills. Individual clinical cases will require reflective analysis of the clinical work undertaken, and this will be considered formatively in years 2-5 and then summatively at the end of year 5. The portfolio of clinical cases will also include an overall reflective learning statement in which the value of the course and, most importantly, its impact on the student’s own clinical practice will be considered.


16. Admissions criteria

Programme Specifications include minimum entry requirements, including academic qualifications, together with appropriate experience and skills required for entry to study. These criteria may be expressed as a range rather than a specific grade. Amendments to entry requirements may have been made after these documents were published and you should consult the University’s website for the most up to date information.

Students will be informed of their personal minimum entry criteria in their offer letter.


Graduate Entry Pathway. (entry to year 2)

  • A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a biomedical discipline and the ability to demonstrate that their degree contains modules that will allow them to be APL’d.




  • A minimum of 3 A-Levels at Grade C or above (at least two of which must be from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics). Please note that only one Mathematics award will count as one of these two required subjects.




  • Normally GCSE Mathematics (Grade B).and English Language (Grade B) or equivalent.




  • 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).




  • A minimum of 2 weeks work shadowing experience in a General Dental Practice.

Standard Entry Pathway (Not currently available)


  • A minimum of 3 A-Levels at Grade A or above (at least two of which must be from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics). Please note that only one Mathematics award will count as one of these two required subjects.




  • Normally GCSE Mathematics (Grade B).and English Language (Grade B) or equivalent.




  • 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).




  • A minimum of 2 weeks work shadowing experience in a General Dental Practice

All successful applicants will need to undergo Occupational Health Screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to admissions.


All successful candidates will need to undergo an Enhanced DBS check prior to enrolment.


17. Key sources of information about the programme


  • GDC Subject Benchmark Statement Dentistry

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/benchmark/honours/Dentistry.pdf

  • GDC Preparing for Practice

http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/Publications/Publications/GDC%20Learning%20Outcomes.pdf

  • UCAS Catalogue

  • University Sources – School of Dentistry websites (http://www.uclan.ac.uk/dentistry)

University prospectus; course fact sheets.




18. Curriculum Skills Map

Please tick in the relevant boxes where individual Programme Learning Outcomes are being assessed

Level

Module Code

Module Title

Core (C), Compulsory (COMP) or Option (O)

Programme Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Subject-specific Skills

Thinking Skills

Other skills relevant to employability and personal development
















A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

B3

B4

C1

C2

C3

C4

D1

D2

D3

D4

LEVEL 7

 DG4001

Integrated Clinical Care

C




































 DG4002

Integrated Clinical

Knowledge



C










































 DG4003

Health and Professionalism

C










































LEVEL 6

 DG3002

Clinical Skills 3

C







































 DG3003

Clinical Knowledge 3

C









































 DG3004

 Health Promotion & Population Studies Part 2

C












































 DG3005

 Minor Oral Surgery Knowledge

C












































 DG3006

 Oral Diseases

C












































 DG3007

 Professional Awareness 3

C










































LEVEL 5

 DG2001

Oral Development Anatomy

C














































DG2002

Clinical Skills 1

C










































 DG2003

 Clinical Knowledge 1

C














































DG2004

Human Health & Disease Part 1

C













































 DG2005

Clinical Skills 2

C










































 DG2006

Clinical Knowledge 2

C












































DG2007

Health Promotion & Population Studies Part 1

C











































DG2008

Pharmacology & Therapeutics

C














































DG2009

Human Health & Disease Part 2

C













































DG2010

Professional Awareness 1

C











































DG2011

Professional Awareness 2

C














































DG2012

Prosthetics Skills and Knowledge

C









































LEVEL 4

DG1001

Foundation Clinical Skills

C













































DG1002

Foundation Clinical Knowledge

C














































DG1003

Body Cells and Structure

C














































DG1004

Body Systems and Nutrition

C














































DG1005

Body Locomotion and Control

C
















































Note: Mapping to other external frameworks, e.g. professional/statutory bodies, will be included within Student Course Handbooks



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