Since 2011, every student who has graduated from this course has secured their first job as a dental foundation trainee - impressive, given places are limited and awarded following a national competitive selection process. There are only 29 places on the programme so it has a friendly, intimate feel and allows for more discursive, interactive learning. You will be based in one of our four local Dental Education Centres for the majority of the final three years - a very different model from a traditional dental school and one that we firmly believe prepares you better for life in practice.
You will spend Year 2 BDS studying on Campus in the new purpose-built Dental School at UCLan, before relocating for three years' clinical training at one of four newly-established DECs in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay.
During your 3-year placement at one of four local community Dental Education Centres (DECs), you'll gain experience of secondary care maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and advanced restorative dentistry. The DECs are clinical training centres where you will treat patients, under supervision, and gain first-hand experience within the communities you are most likely to serve after graduation.
YEAR 2: Knowledge and Understanding; Oral science and medicine including anatomy (1), Behavioural science, Communication skills, Basic radiology, Health education, Dental materials. Skill Development (on simulators); Preventative techniques, Fillings, Oral examination, Injections, Extractions, Dental technology. Clinical Practice: Students treat their first patient towards the end of the year. Professional Awareness
Year 3: Knowledge and Understanding: Oral science and medicine (2), Restorative dentistry (1), Paediatric dentistry, Introduction to orthodontics. Skill Development (on simulators): Endodontics, Crowns, Veneers, Flap design, Suturing. Clinical Practice (treating patients): Oral hygiene, Scaling, Routine fillings, Endodontics, Simple dentures, Paediatric cases. Professional Awareness
Year 4: Knowledge and Understanding; Oral diseases and pathology, Oral medicine and surgery, Applied radiology, Restorative dentistry (2), Scientific appraisal, Elective project, Law and ethics. Skill Development (on simulators); Advanced restorative, Techniques (bridges and complex dentures). Clinical Practice (treating patients); As Year 1 and 2 plus, Orthodontics, Minor oral surgery, Oral medicine, Sedation, General anaesthesia. Professional Awareness
Year 5: Knowledge and Understanding; Medical A&E, Craniofacial anomalies, Maxillo-facial surgery, Implantology, Dental public health.
Clinical Practice (treating patients); Consolidation of Years 2, 3 and 4. Professional Awareness
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