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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
A foundation degree is the equivalent of the first two years of an Honours degree, it may be studied full or part-time, and consist of academic study combined with relevant work-based learning undertaken with an employer. It may also be studied as a stand-alone qualification or upon completion you may progress to the final year of an Honours degree. However in some cases you might, on completion of the Foundation Degree, be required to transfer to the second year of an Honours degree. This is known as a 2+2 arrangement. You should check the requirements of your progression route.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
For full information about tuition fees for this course, please visit our money pages.
Please Note: Non-standard fees apply to this professional course.
Applicants require Bachelor of Dental Surgery (equivalent international qualifications are acceptable) and current registration with the GDC.
They should also be employed in primary dental care or in a junior hospital position.
This new course provides extensive teaching of contemporary endodontics for general dental practitioners and hospital dental staff.
The Diploma in Clinical Endodontics is designed to strengthen knowledge and understanding in the field of endodontology, improve clinical skills in all aspects of endodontic diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical treatment, and hopefully lead to increased job satisfaction.
This award has been developed through collaboration between the University of South Wales and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, and is the only course of its type in Wales.
Work-based learning is an exciting element of this course. These clinical components are undertaken within the Department of Restorative Dentistry at sites in both – Morriston Hospital and Baglan Resource Centre. To encourage an exchange of ideas and experience, participants of the programme will engage with other dental practitioners, specialist practitioners, hospital staff and consultants. It is also envisaged that this course can be used as a major part of your continuing professional development (CPD). Please refer to the General Dental Council (GDC) for CPD regulations.
Approximate commitments for delivery of the Diploma are 14 full days in year 1 (Mostly Fridays).
Three days attendance at University of South Wales in year two to undertake a ‘Research module’.
Please note: the remainder of year two consists of self-study and collation of your practice-driven case reports.
There will be an emphasis on lecture and seminar-driven teaching before progressing to the hands-on, clinical components. Lectures and ‘Phantom-head’ type teaching will occur over 6 days toward the beginning of year 1. Live clinical practice occurs over 6 further days in the second half of year 1.
Course materials (including access to electronic journals) are made available after lectures via the Universities online portal – ‘Blackboard’
The course is designed around your needs, so you can choose a rate of study that best fits your development needs or career ambitions. For example, you may choose to exit the award after the first year with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) and return to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) at a later date. The maximum timeframe for completion of the Diploma is five years.
Assessments take the form of ‘end of module’ written assessments and case reports. Clinical assessment involves both live patient and phantom head testing. A viva voce examination is required at the end of the two year Diploma tenure.
Graduates of this course will, with continued practitioner experience, become skilled in endodontic techniques and have opportunities to tailor their practice in becoming a Dentist with Special Interest (DwSI). It is likely that a PgD qualification such as this will enhance your prospect of joining DwSI lists as and when created by local health boards.
It is anticipated that this programme could also be used as accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) towards other postgraduate Masters programmes in endodontology or dentistry. You can also progress to a generic Masters qualification at University of South Wales.