- Year 1
In your first year, you'll explore the scientific basis of normal structure, function and behaviour, focusing on dental health, prevention of dental disease and the underlying principles of personal and professional development. You'll be introduced to the clinic and the Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE) at an early stage, and gain insight into the importance of team working in dentistry as you integrate with other members of the team and work in small study groups.
DTH413 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2
This module continues the students' introduction to the essential range of basic skills needed for the safe practice of primary dental care by dental therapists and hygienists and provides the clinical basis for the student's first experiences in caring for patients.
From the beginning of this module, each time a student is successful at a capability assessment within the simulated environment they may start to provide that procedure for patients in the clinic.
DTH411 Integrated Dental Science 1
This module introduces basic and clinical sciences and the principles of human disease prevention which underpin dental skills, the safe use of ionising radiation together with the properties and usage of biomaterials in dentistry.
DTH412 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1
This module provides an introduction to clinical dentistry and the management of medical emergencies and by the end of the module, at the mid-point of the year, students will be ready to commence providing dental care for patients.
All learning and assessment in the module take place in the simulated setting to enable students to practice clinical skills.
DTH414 Team-working 1
This module introduces the student to community health and social care. Students will undertake a community engagement visit and work closely with a target organisation to understand the impacts of demography and lifestyle issues on local people.
The project will enable students to develop an understanding of the wider determinants of health such as environment, employment and education which influence health behaviours and health outcomes and which directly impact on oral health, use of dental services and quality of life.
This project is one of the building blocks for students at Peninsula Dental School introducing core academic skills in exploring, searching and selecting evidence-based information as well as developing societal and community awareness so students understand their future role in the healthcare system and wider society.
DTH415 Professional Development 1
This module introduces students to reflective adult learning and assists with the development of professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to dentistry.
Every term the student will meet their Academic Tutor and reflect on and review their performance in all aspects of professionalism within the programme by presentation of a reflective questionnaire and discussion.
- Year 2
In your second year, you'll build on the foundations you've put in place so far - you'll consider common dental problems, as well as disease mechanisms, in much greater depth. You'll develop your clinical skills further and apply what you have learnt to the realities of dental practice.
DTH521 Applied Dental Therapy Knowledge 1
This module enables students to further develop their depth of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning dental practice and includes oral disease, pharmacology and dental materials. The module continues to support the application of basic biomedical, clinical sciences and disease prevention principles which underpin dental skills and the effective and safe care of patients in the dental environment.
Topic areas include basic sciences as applied to dentistry, knowledge of the comprehensive delivery of clinical dentistry for dental therapists and hygienists including restorative dentistry for children and adults, dental radiology, pharmacology and therapeutics, oral medicine, oral pathology, professionalism, law and ethics
DTH525 Professional Development 2
This module supports students to further develop reflective adult learning skills and assists with the development of professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to dentistry.
Every term the student will meet their Academic Tutor and reflect and review on their performance in all aspects of professionalism within the programme.
DTH527 Clinical Audit
DTH523 Developing Clinical Practice 2
This module enables students to acquire the clinical, administrative and communication skills relevant to the safe and effective practice of an increasing range of treatments within primary care dentistry for a student in preparation for their final year.
DTH522 Developing Clinical Practice 1
Continuing clinical experience caring for patients and the development of further skills in the simulated environment. Following each patient visit students will reflect on their clinical and professional performance and receive feedback. Further support is provided for individual students who have difficulty with any particular procedure.
DTH524 Team-working 2
In year two of the programme, students are able to build on their learning from the year one inter-professional engagement project by focusing on a single community-based organisation within Devon and Cornwall. Students in small groups visit organisations to develop an understanding of how these organisations support particular community groups and/or individuals to adopt positive healthy lifestyles and how they help their clients/service users to overcome the social and organisational barriers that prevent them from achieving this.
- Final year
Your final year is devoted to furthering your clinical experience and is the final preparation for dental practice. You'll become much more confident with clinical situations, healthcare teams and the principles of practice both in the NHS and in private practice. You’ll plan multidisciplinary case presentations, designed to demonstrate that you’re capable and confident in the planning and delivery of all procedures necessary to provide optimal oral healthcare for patients.
DTH631 Applied Dental Therapy Knowledge 2
This module enables students to achieve the level of knowledge of clinical and communication skills, professionalism and management and leadership skills required of a graduate entering primary care as a dental therapist and hygienist.
Topic areas include basic sciences as applied to dentistry, knowledge of the comprehensive delivery of clinical dentistry including restorative dentistry for children and adults, dental radiology, pharmacology and therapeutics, oral medicine, oral pathology, medicine and surgery applied to dentistry, professionalism, law and ethics.
DTH632 Proficient Clinical Practice 1
This module provides students with continuing clinical experience treating patients with more complex needs.
DTH633 Proficient Clinical Practice 2
This module provides students with continuing clinical experience treating patients with more complex needs, working closely with dental students and dental nurses in the dental team.
DTH634 Professional Development 3
This module supports students to further develop reflective adult learning skills and assists with the development of professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to a dental therapists and hygienist.
Every term the student will meet their Academic Tutor and reflect and review on their performance in all aspects of professionalism within the BSc programme.
Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.
The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:
The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.