We quality assure existing and new programmes leading to registration for dentists and dental care professionals. We do this through regular monitoring and inspection activity.
When we carry out an inspection, we appoint a panel of education associates who are selected by the GDC based on their knowledge and experience of delivering dental education. The panel typically involves two or three GDC registrants and always includes a non-registrant member who chairs the panel.
Ahead of the inspection, the associates review documentary evidence sent by the education provider which also includes programme mapping documents to the Standards for Education and GDC’s learning outcomes. At the inspection, the panel may have further questions for senior staff, students and outreach staff.
Following the inspection, a report is drafted based on the findings of the inspection panel. They make a recommendation to determine whether the programme is likely to meet the Standards for Education and GDC’s learning outcomes. The provider will have the opportunity to provide factual corrections and observations on the report. The final report with overall recommendation is then presented to the GDC Registrar who makes a final decision whether to grant new or continuing approval for BDS programmes and sufficiency for DCP programmes.
Under the details for each provider are links to the most recent GDC inspection reports for each programme. Please note that the first report for a programme will not be published until the year the first cohort graduates, or later if a decision on the programme's ongoing approval (BDS) or sufficiency (DCP) for registration cannot be made at that point. At the end of each report we record observations received from the provider on the contents of the report and outline any follow-up actions and recommendations made by the GDC.
You can find the latest inspection reports on the programme and qualification pages for each profession below:
- Dental nursing
- Dental therapy and dental hygiene
- Dental technology
- Clinical dental technology
If you wish to review a summary of our previous and latest inspection activity, it can be found on the Review of Education page.