‚ÄčWe are committed to ensuring our quality assurance of dental education and training fulfils our primary purpose, to protect patients. How we run our inspections and how we judge whether a course is sufficient for GDC registration can be found in the following documents

In 2018, as part of the GDC's Shifting the Balance work, we will be introducing a revised, risk-based approach to the way in which we quality assure education and training programmes leading to registration with the GDC. Further information will be added to the website in due course. In the academic year 2018 - 1, we will inspect all BDS providers. The following guidance explains our approach:

We have developed a set of Standards that we expect courses that lead to registration to demonstrate. These Standards for education are the framework of our processes and can be found in the following document.  Revisions to these have been agreed by Council and the updated Standards are available here.  Programmes quality assured from the 2015/2016 academic year onwards, will be assessed against this revised document.

We use the Standards for Education to look at whether a course produces students who demonstrate a particular range of learning outcomes when they have completed their programme of studies. The learning outcomes for each of the professions that we register are contained in the document Preparing for practice. Minor revisions have been made to this document and the revised version can also be found on this page. The amendments to Preparing for practice will apply to all quality assurance activity from the 2015/2016 academic year.

In 2015, Council approved the guidance Standards for Specialty Education, which will be used when quality assuring specialty education in the UK. 

Recent inspections

We quality assure existing and new courses leading to registration for both dentists and DCPs. We do this through an annual monitoring exercise and inspections. When we carry out an inspection, our inspectors produce reports on their findings. You can find these reports on the programme and qualification pages for each profession:

If you cannot find your qualification listed on the pages above then please check our historic qualifications page.

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