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Dental education


We are committed to ensuring our quality assurance of dental education and training fulfils our primary purpose, to protect patients. How we run our inspections and how we judge whether a course is sufficient for GDC registration can be found in the below document:

In 2018, as part of our Shifting the balance work, we started to introduce a revised, risk-based approach to the way in which we quality assure education and training programmes leading to registration with the GDC. Further information will be added to the website in due course.

We have developed a set of Standards that we expect courses that lead to registration to demonstrate. These Standards for education are the framework of our processes and can be found in the following document. Revisions to these have been agreed by Council and the updated Standards are available to be downloaded. Programmes quality assured will be assessed against this revised document.

We use the Standards for Education to look at whether a course produces students who demonstrate a particular range of learning outcomes when they have completed their programme of studies. The learning outcomes for each of the professions that we register are contained in the document Preparing for practice

The guidance Standards for Specialty Education will be used when quality assuring specialty education in the UK.