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Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert

This one-year, part-time programme provides dental practitioners the with the necessary knowledge and skills required for safe sedation practice.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year

Teaching takes place in two blocks during the year. In between these blocks, students undertake clinical/practical training in clinics in and around London.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 18 October 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£7,410 (PT)
Overseas:
£14,460 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time tuition fee.

Fee deposit: All students on this programme on a part-time or flexible basis are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.

Accreditation:

The programme is compliant to the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) standards of practice.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

UK/EU applicants must be registered with the UK GDC or GMA and have a minimum of one year clinical experience post-qualification. International students without the above registration are welcome to undertake the theoretical elements of the programme as a CPD course. Contact UCL Eastman for more information.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

Safe sedation practice requires the combination of applied basic science and clinical theory, practiced clinical skills, and experience managing risk. Students undertake an intensive on-campus training week in October before undertaking a clinical practice placement at our partner dental centre. Students return to campus in the Spring term for consolidation of their learning and preparation for exams. In addition to exams, students must complete a logbook of cases and undertake a quality improvement project related to sedation in their own practice. Students are supported by a personal tutor throughout the year.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each.

Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Dental Sedation and Pain Management.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical I
  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical II
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical I
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical II

Optional modules

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Research project/report

Students undertake a quality improvement project in their own practice and submit a report detailing its impact. Reflective practice is also required.

Placement

Students undertake a 5-day clinical placement in a partner dental centre where they are supervised providing inhalational and intravenous sedation. The opportunity to pre-assess a small number of patients is also available and strongly encouraged.


Covid-19 placement updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned placements for this programme. This will depend on social distancing measures, the availability of the relevant placements, and the relative risk of completing the placement. Your department will keep you updated if placements are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

Teaching and learning

In addition to clinical placement, students are taught using interactive lectures, small group teaching, clinical skills sessions, and high-fidelity simulation at the UCLH Learning Hospital.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

Students are responsible for their own transport, accommodation and subsistence while attending campus or clinical placement.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

No specific funding available for programme

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme will be qualified to expand their practice as operator sedationists and/or dedicated sedation practitioners. Being able to assure a comfortable dental experience has obvious benefits for patients and opens opportunities for practice with a wider variety of patient groups.

In addition to the benefits for patients and revenue, previous graduates have expanded their careers into sedation training and education, and research into sedation in dental practice. 

Employability

Dental sedation is an increasingly in-demand service whether in your own practice or contracting your services to other practices.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This is the only dental sedation programme in the UK open to both doctors and dentists. The teaching faculty comprises anaesthetists and dentists to give a multi-professional and safety-orientated teaching programme.

You can find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.

This programme trains students in standard sedation techniques. We are currently developing an expanded programme with advanced sedation techniques.

Accreditation:

The programme is compliant to the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) standards of practice.

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £110 for online applications and £135 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This limited attendance programme is open to both dental and medical practitioners.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study the programme at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs
  • what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme
  • whether you think you would be able to offer conscious sedation as an option for patient treatment in your surgeries.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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