Professional progression course

Preparing for Practice Appraisal

Prepare your dental practice for successful inspection

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

If you work in and lead a dental practice, this short distance learning course will enable you to prepare for a successful inspection. You will learn how to apply key theories and professional practice in leading and managing people, to ensure that patient safety is at the heart of your dental practice. This course has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Explore national healthcare policy and processes
  • Analyse the roles of key stakeholders

What opportunities might it lead to?

The content and structure of this short distance learning course has been designed within a Masters framework, meaning on successful completion you will accrue 30 credits. You can use this continue with professional development and study at Masters Level. Successful completion will enable you to prepare your practice and lead your staff through an inspection from any of the key stakeholders. You will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills including policy writing, appraisal, the ability to communicate, argue complex ideas verbally, and the ability to evaluate the ideas of others objectively.

Key Facts

1 year part time distance learning
An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a Dental or Healthcare related subject. Alternative qualifications or relevant experience in healthcare management will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Non standard applications may require an interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
£2,500 p/a

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Dental Academy


Preparing for Practice Appraisal

Hear from several of our dental students about studying here.

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

Topics will include:

  • leadership and management
  • policy development
  • risk assessment
  • appraisal
  • revalidation

Teaching and Assessment

Studying at a distance doesn’t mean studying alone and being left to fend for yourself. Rather, distance learning means studying at a time and place which suits you, with all of the resources that you need readily accessible. Your distance learning journey is well-supported by Dental Academy Staff.

Course content is delivered using the Moodle platform and a blended learning approach, utilising e- learning you will be directed to a range of electronically sourced material. You will also have access to the University of Portsmouth Library who provide an excellent service for students who choose to study at a distance. Skills4Study Campus from Palgrave Macmillan is the University of Portsmouth's online study skills resource; its modules cover all of your essential study skills needs which can be accessed from the Moodle course 'skills@portsmouth'. As part of the course you will also do coursework to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes, development of knowledge transfer and evidence based inquiry. The focus is on the application of learning in a work related context through reflection.

How are you assessed?

Assessment is 100% Coursework:

1. Written report of 2,500 words

2. Portfolio of evidence (collection of evidence and a 2,500 word reflection on the principles of Quality Assurance)

3. An online poster presentation of a risk assessment undertaken at own practice.

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Monitor Facilities & Features

The Dental Academy

We have built the optimal environment for you to study dental practice. Offering a balance of state-of-the-art teaching and clinical facilities, here’s a taste of what you’ll have access to:

  • two clinics (44 dental treatment bays)
  • two individual surgeries
  • a phantom head room
  • decontamination suite
  • radiography suite
  • four radiography booths

Working as a Team

Our Dental Academy is a training ground for undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students as well as you and others on your course. So with dental care professionals and undergraduate dentists under the same roof, you’ll really get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a dental team working within a primary dental care setting.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

On completing this course, you will become skilled in decision making, reflection and self awareness enabling you to develop and lead a successful dental practice that respects both the patient and the staff. Many of our graduates choose to continue with postgraduate study to complete Master’s or Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now

Online application form

Apply direct using our online form

Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

Postgraduate Information Days

Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.

Come and visit us on Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1pm - 5pm.

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Other opportunities to visit

Download our free walking tour PDF for a self-guided tour of the University. You can visit Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.

We have an open-door policy so you will be able to take a look in our buildings, speak to some of our support services and get a feel for the campus.

Find out more about our self-guided walking tours

If you are unable to visit us, contact the admissions team – see the 'Key Facts' section above for contact details.

Further information

If you have any further enquiries about postgraduate study at Portsmouth, including advice on the Postgraduate Loan entry, plus scholarships and bursaries available, visit our postgraduate pages.

International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.