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Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy (DipOT)

The FDS offers this highly-regarded diploma course enabling students to gain professional accreditation.

The Yorkshire Orthodontic Therapy Course is designed to train students as orthodontic therapists.

To complete the diploma, participants are required to undertake an approved training programme and a final assessment.

  • £13,000.00
  • 365 year
  • 120.00 CPD Points
365 year
120.00 CPD Points


This GDC-approved course is aimed at qualified orthodontic nurses and dental care professionals (DCPs) who wish to treat orthodontic patients in the UK and develop their clinical and academic skills.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you will be:

  • Eligible to take the final assessment;
  • Practice the skills required by the General Dental Council to operate orthodontics as an orthodontic therapist upon successful completion on the examination;
  • Become an accredited orthodontic therapist.


The one-year course is delivered in two parts:

  • An initial four-week core course at Leeds Dental Institute taught by leading consultants, orthodontic specialists and orthodontic therapy tutors. This is followed by eight additional study days in various locations.
  • Workplace training in an approved orthodontic practice or hospital orthodontic practice.

Find out more about the diploma assessment

Application Form

Please download the Application form here or contact Emma Jones on

Additional information

Course content

You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

  • Patient care, including assessment, treatment plans, patient management and disease identification/education
  • Communication with patients, colleagues and the wider healthcare community
  • Professionalism, including ethical and legal obligations, teamwork and development of yourself and other
  • Management and leadership

When does the next diploma start?


Diploma fees

The cost of the course is £13,000 and is non-refundable.

How to apply

There are 12 places available each year and admission will be by competitive entry.

Application form

Orthodontic Therapy logbook

The Orthodontic Therapy course has a website for trainees, trainers, orthodontic therapy tutors and course directors to access their online logbooks. Use your username and password to log on.

Orthodontic Therapy web links

Orthodontic National Group

Booking Options

The closing date for applications is 8 December 2023 Interviews will be held (for students and potential trainers) at Leeds Dental Institute in February 2024.

Register your interest

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