Learning outcomes review

We are undertaking a review of the GDC’s learning outcomes for the dental team. These outcomes are detailed in Preparing for Practice which was first published in 2011 and revised in 2015.

A consultation on proposed changes to the learning outcomes and the framework that they sit within closed in January 2023. We expect to publish the revised framework before the end of 2023.


The learning outcomes in Preparing for Practice reflect the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours a dentist or dental care professional (DCP) must have to practise safely, effectively and professionally. This provides eligibility to apply to join the GDC registers. All dental education and training should produce an individual who can demonstrate that they have met the required learning outcomes and are safe and fit to practise independently within their knowledge and ability.

We will review the new framework regularly, to ensure it remains fit for purpose. This may include changes to specific learning outcomes, to address significant public safety concerns or where it will not require structural changes to programmes.

Our guidance document, Learning Outcomes Review Process provides further information about the new process.

You can email us at [email protected] with your feedback and to ask for updates to the review process.