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Diploma in Special Care Dentistry - Part B

Exam overview

Part B of the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (DSCD) is assessed by a structured oral examination.

The DSCD examination changed format from 1 July 2019. If you are interested in sitting DSCD Part A and/or Part B please ensure you have read DSCD Changes to Part A and Part B.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the award of the diploma all candidates must: 

  • possess a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England;
  • have complied with all the regulations, and have signed, in the presence of an officer of the College, a declaration of compliance with the ordinances of the College.

Exam format

Part B of the DSCD examination is held in the UK and will examine elements from all the 7 modules of the curriculum:

Module 1: Oral Sciences of Relevance

Module 2: Knowledge & Understanding of Conditions leading to Impairment & Disabilities

Module 3: Behavioural Sciences & Sociology of Health, Impairment & Disability

Module 4: Law, Ethics and Health & Safety

Module 5: Provision of Comprehensive Oral CareModule 6: Developing Services in a Community Setting

Module 7: Clinical Effectiveness

It consists of the following components:

  • 2 problem solving structured clinical reasoning (SCR) stations - assessing clinical reasoning and application of knowledge;
  • 2 clinical governance SCRs - assessing clinical reasoning and application of knowledge;
  • 2 unseen case SCRs - assessing communication, clinical reasoning and application of knowledge;
  • 1 communication skills station - assessing communication only.

Syllabus

Module 1: Oral Sciences of Relevance

Module 2: Knowledge & Understanding of Conditions leading to Impairment & Disabilities

Module 3: Behavioural Sciences & Sociology of Health, Impairment & Disability

Module 4: Law, Ethics and Health & Safety

Module 5: Provision of Comprehensive Oral Care

Module 6: Developing Services in a Community Setting

Module 7: Clinical Effectiveness

Exam dates

All applications must be received by 5pm on the exam closing date. Please read our exams guidance before applying. 

 Exam   Application and Fees Due  Practicals and Orals  Exam Fee
 DSCD Part A
14 February 2020
 15 April 2020
 £310
 DSCD Part B  14 February 2020  16 April 2020  £560
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.


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