Continuing Professional Development

Dental Therapist Reskill


The details
Dental Therapist Reskill Module
15 credits
Level 6
No date available

Please note that this module is not running in 2023-24.  Enquiries are being taken for 2024-25 intakes - please get in touch.

Increasingly, the skills of dental therapists are being acknowledged as a valuable part of the skill mix structure for the delivery of oral health care in the UK.

Whilst many dental care professionals possess a joint dental hygiene and dental therapy qualification, some do not have the opportunity to practise the skills of a dental therapist in their workplace.

This module enables you to consolidate your existing dental therapy skills to a level of contemporary competence and develop your knowledge so that it is consistent with that of a practising dental therapist. The module will provide you with the expertise to practice with confidence, compassion and professionalism.

The module is taught 1 day per week over 20 weeks within one of the specially designed university dental skills laboratories.

The Academic Dental Clinic where the module is based is located on Bromley Road, Colchester, CO4 3JE.

Learning outcomes

After this module you will:

  • appreciate and be competent at the clinical skills required of a dental therapist working in contemporary dental practice in the UK
  • have a critical understanding of current UK policy in relation to dental therapy practice
  • be able to critically reflect upon your own strengths and weaknesses.

Our expert staff

The module is taught by clinical experts in the field of oral health science, including dentists, dental hygienists and therapists covering theoretical teaching, demonstration and teaching of clinical skills using simulation.

Entry Requirements

  • Evidence of possession of a qualification recognised by the GDC as sufficient to permit registration with them as a dental therapist, OR
  • A GDC assessment letter indicating the learning outcomes that they require you to meet for registration with them as a dental therapist.


Module Outline

The module consists of taught sessions by our University of Essex oral health science academic team (which includes dentists and dental therapists) and covers theoretical teaching, demonstration and teaching of clinical skills using simulation in our state of the art dental skills facilities.

The module includes the following content:

  • Rationale for restoring teeth.
  • Development of enamel and dentine caries.
  • Principles of cavity design and concepts of minimally invasive dentistry.
  • Caries identification and the role of radiographs.
  • Root caries.
  • Pulpal pathology and the clinical practice of pulpal management.
  • Dental impressions; purpose, problems, techniques, manipulation of biomaterials.
  • Fissure sealant and sealant restorations.
  • Dental materials.
  • Restoring occlusal and approximal cavities in posterior teeth.
  • Restoring approximal cavities in anterior teeth.
  • Failure of restorations and recurrence of disease.
  • Restoring buccal cavities.
  • Developing diagnostic skills.
  • Managing caries in the deciduous dentition.
  • Local Analgesia.
  • Preformed crowns.
  • Management of deciduous pulps.
  • Extraction techniques.
  • Management of dental injuries and incisal edge restoration.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Assessment strategy

  • Assessment of progress of skills acquisition is through the use of a student portfolio.
  • Academic staff will assess development of underpinning knowledge and provide developmental feedback throughout the duration of the programme.

Fees and funding

Our CPD Funding page has more information on fees for our modules and potential funding sources.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email