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Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (DSCD)

This leading dental diploma is a self-directed, distance learning programme - assessed by written assignments, clinical portfolio and examination. The dipolma is suitable for specialty trainees, community dentists or any dentist with a special interest and is open to both UK and international candidates.

The study programme is fully supported with a structured learning pack containing contemporary reference material and guidance. The course covers a comprehensive syllabus including:

  • Knowledge and understanding of conditions leading to impairment and disabilities
  • Medical and social models of health and disability
  • The impact of treatment techniques and behaviour management
  • Law, ethics, consent and risk
  • Clinical effectiveness and evidence-based practice

Full information can be found in the following sections:

Candidates may apply for the DSCD Part A all year round. The cost for the Part A distance learning course is £310.

Exam dates

All applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Please read the examination guidance page before applying for any examination.

Title Applications and Fees Due Written and/or MCQ Papers Practicals and Orals Exam Fee Completion Fee
DSCD Part B 15 April 2016 4 July 2016 5 July 2016 £560 £230

Completion fee

There is a £230 completion fee for those completing an FDS Royal College of Surgeons of England diploma. This fee will be collected once you have passed the exam.

Testimonial statements

‘Of all my qualifications the DSCD RCS England is the one of which I am most proud.’

‘Acquiring knowledge through a structured route, and applying it to my own clinical practice, has enabled me to take on far more challenging cases.’

‘It has enhanced my ability to reflect and appraise my own clinical practice, and offers a very flexible way to study.’