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Reviewing new programme submissions

21 November, 2023

In 2022-23, we received requests to consider six new programmes of education. As stated in section 1.4, we have approved three of these – a dental nurse diploma in Wales, an orthodontic therapy programme delivered by University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and a BDSi programme also being delivered by UCLAN.

The dental nurse course was designed to specifically address workforce issues in Wales, and we have since approved a modification to the programme, that will allow an additional 20 more students to enrol. This means that approximately 40 additional places are now available for students.

There have been four further programme submissions in this academic year. Three of those who had submitted had not given assurance that the Standards for Education are likely to be met on completion of the programme by the first graduating cohort.  We inspect the programme and examinations in the final year to ensure that the Standards for Education standards have been met. This is to ensure that students qualify with the right experience and training needed to register to practise in the UK.

The BDSi programme being delivered by UCLAN has been given provision approval, pending an inspection of the exams in quarter four of 2023.

The six new programme submissions are set out below:


DentistryDental hygiene and therapyDental technologyClinical dental technologyDental nursingOrthodontic therapy
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Name of programmeOutcomeDate of graduating cohort
NEBDN - dental nursing apprenticeship programmeProvisional approvalMarch 2025
Turret Orthodontics - diploma in orthodontic therapyNot approvedN/A
New College Lanarkshire - diploma in dental hygieneNot approvedN/A
University of Central Lancashire  - orthodontic therapyProvisional approvalOctober 2024
College Of Medicine and Dentistry - hygiene conversionNot approvedN/A
University of Central Lancashire – BDSiProvisional sufficiencyOctober 2023