This course is for those with overseas dental qualifications who have been recommended to study local anaesthesia by the GDC.
If you're looking to broaden your dental skills, this Local Dental Anaesthesia short course will help you to specialise in the field.
You'll learn how to safely deliver local anaesthetic to patients, and reflect on working in a primary care environment in the UK. Learning on this course includes clinical activity and the provision of care to patients within the Dental Academy.
As well as providing specialist skills in the application of local anaesthetic in a dental setting, completion of this course will help you to achieve the GDC learning outcomes for registration as a Dental Hygienist in the UK, enabling you to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and move into employment.
- Mode of study: on site, part time
- Duration: 12 weeks
- Start date: To be arranged, contact us for details
What You'll Experience
On this short course you'll:
- Develop an awareness of drugs and therapeutics commonly used in medicine and dentistry
- Get an understanding of the safe practices associated with the provision of oral local anaesthesia
- Critically reflect on your own practice within the UK healthcare setting
- Build upon your existing knowledge of local oral anatomy and physiology to ensure safe working practices
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 get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a dental team working within a primary dental care setting.
How you're assessed
Assessment consists of an unseen written exam and completion of a logbook will detail the successful completion of the relevant GDC identified competences.
On this short course you'll make us of our extensive dental academy facilities, including:
- 2 clinics (44 dental treatment bays)
- 2 individual surgeries
- a phantom head room
- decontamination suite
- radiography suite
- four radiography booths
You'll learn through seminars, workshops, tutorials and live patient clinics, with an emphasis on the sciences and human communication. Learning and assessment is also supported by a virtual learning environment, simulation and live patient clinics.
Local Dental Anaesthesia entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- An existing Dental Hygiene qualification from a country outside of the UK. The documented GDC learning outcome requirements following the GDC Dental Care Professional assessment. If you are a UK Dental Hygienist who requires a return to practice course, please contact us directly for details.
- All applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
- Contact us for details of the next course start date and applicaton process