The Peninsula curriculum is modular and the modules designated for each year of study must be successfully passed in order to progress.
Assessment within modules will be both formative, and summative and based on current best practice in clinical education. Students will progress between the modules and years of the course only after demonstrating that they have gained requisite knowledge, capabilities and clinical experience. Assessment is an important part of study, serving the learning process in a number of key ways. The assessment process determines the standard you are working towards and demonstrates that you are achieving it. Importantly, regular assessment enables you to view your progression and development objectively and you will receive continuous feedback and support as you move through the programme.
The Peninsula assessment process is a key tool in quickly detecting any issues that you may have with your learning. It can provide a clear signpost that you may need further help and support. Your progress on the programme is assessed in relation to your knowledge and professional development as well as your work in clinical practice.
Assessment formats include knowledge-based multiple-choice tests, structured clinical examinations, portfolios, scientific report writing and clinical capability tests which must be successfully passed before you can carry out procedures on patients. Reflective patient reports, proficiency tests and case presentations ensure you are ready for qualification and registration with the General Dental Council.
The assessment process determines the standard you're working towards and demonstrates the standard you're already achieving. Regular assessments allow you to review your progress and development and any problems with learning can be highlighted early on.
'Formative' and 'summative' assessments
Your progression is assessed in relation to your knowledge and work in clinical practice. 'Formative' and 'summative' assessments are used to help provide you with continual feedback so that you can identify strengths as well as areas for improvement. Feedback is provided in a number of different ways including online written feedback, feedback from peers, tutors and small groups, and your own feedback. All students have a portfolio or file of assessments and meet weekly with their academic tutor to reflect on their progress.
Applied dental knowledge test
The Applied Dental Knowledge progress test is one of the key assessments. It's in the form of a multiple choice format and is designed to access long-term and practical knowledge rather than detailed and easily forgotten 'facts'. It's a measure of how good you are at learning rather than how good you are at revision. You also receive a line graph that plots your progress against the year group.
Other assessment formats include structured clinical examinations, portfolios, scientific report writing and multiple clinical judgements.