Two female students practising in the dental academy

The Dental Academy

Explore the teaching and research taking place within our Dental Academy

The Dental Academy is a modern, primary-care based school that trains General Dental Council-registered and qualified dental care professionals, and offers comprehensive oral and dental healthcare to the public.

We offer three degree-based programmes – in Advanced Dental Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy – and there is a strong emphasis on team training within the Dental Academy. 

Students train in practice teams using modern clinical facilities that replicate those found in real NHS dental practices. Our evidence-based approach to education is further enhanced by our involvement with various areas of research.

We've received an Athena Swan Bronze award for our commitment to gender equality in the dental profession. The Dental Academy is supported through our partnership with the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King's College London, whose dental students are also trained within our school.

Teaching 

There is an emphasis on practical teaching within the Dental Academy, and our students start treating patients – under the close supervision of qualified staff – early in their studies. Our students start on simulation models known as 'phantom heads', before putting their learning into action with real patients.

Our live teaching clinics have treatment bays replicating the set-up of a dental surgery, and students work together in small teams to replicate the conditions of general dental practices – giving them valuable experience in building intra-professional working relationships. Our students also spend time on placements, observing dentistry in a variety of settings.

We support our students through a personal tutor system and use an app-based longitudinal assessment method to track students clinical progress and provide continuous feedback. In 2018 we achieved a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey with 100% of our graduates placed in either further education or work within 6 months.

We also offer a variety of dental short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) courses – including (but not limited to) minor oral surgery, laser use in dentistry and various implant dentistry courses.

Our areas of expertise

Explore the work we're doing across our areas of expertise in Dental & Oral Health research.

Recent projects include

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Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2994

sci-enquiries@port.ac.uk

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