Historic qualifications

There are some dentist and dental care professional (DCP) qualifications that may not be offered by a school or institution anymore but with which an individual may be registered. These qualifications have all been approved or found to be sufficient for ongoing training by the GDC.

The qualifications on this page are those that are acceptable for registration although they are no longer offered by the school or institution. If your qualification is listed, and was granted within the specified timeframe (if applicable), then you can apply for registration.

If your qualification is still being offered by the school or institution that you studied at then you will need to check our approved qualifications pages to find out if you can apply for registration:

You will not be able to apply for registration if your qualification has not been approved. If you have any queries then please contact us. Please note that the GDC only approves UK qualifications. If you have a dentist or a DCP qualification from outside the UK, you will need to find out what your route to registration is before contacting the GDC for an application pack.

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 Dentists

 
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  • Durham University

    Bachelor of Dental Surgery

    Awarded by Durham University. Last offered 20+ years ago.

  • University of Edinburgh

    Bachelor of Dental Surgery

    Awarded by the University of Edinburgh. Last offered 20+ years ago​.

  • Royal College of Suregeons of Edinburgh

    Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS)

    Awarded by RCS (Edin.). Not awarded since 2002​.

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

    Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS)

    Awarded by RCS (Glas.). Not awarded since 2002​.

  • University of St Andrews

    Bachelor of Dental Surgery

    Awarded by the University of St Andrews. Last offered 20+ years ago​.

  • Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
 

 Dental therapists and dental hygienists

 
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  • Birmingham School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene

    Awarded by Birmingham University. Only acceptable if qualification granted in or prior to 2005.​

  • Bristol University Dental Hospital, School for DCPs

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

    Awarded by Bristol University. Only acceptable for registration for qualifications granted in 2009 and 2010.​

  • Cardiff School of Dentistry

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

    Awarded by Cardiff University. Only acceptable for registration for qualifications granted from 2005 onwards.​

  • Cardiff School of Dentistry

    Diploma in Dental Therapy

    Awarded by Cardiff University. Only acceptable for registration for qualifications awarded in or prior to 2005.​

  • Defence Dental Services Training Establishment

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene

    Awarded by RCS (Edin.). Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted between 2008 and 2013 inclusive.​

  • Dundee University Dental School

    Diploma of Higher Education in Dental Hygiene

    Awarded by Dundee University. Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted in or prior to 2005.

  • Dundee University Dental School

    Diploma in Dental Therapy

    Awarded by Dundee University. Only acceptable if qualification granted between 2004 and 2006 inclusive.​

  • Edinburgh Institute, School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

    Awarded by RCS (Edin.). Only acceptable for registration for the 2009 and 2010 cohorts.​

  • Glasgow Dental Hospital and School

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

    ​​Awarded by Glasgow Dental Hospital and School. Acceptable for registration for qualifications granted in 2005 and 2007 onwards.

  • Glasgow University Dental School

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene

    Awarded by RCS (Edin.). Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted between 1980 and 2004 inclusive.​

  • Newcastle University, School of Dental Hygiene

    Diploma in Dental Hygiene

    Awarded by Newcastle University. Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted between 1979 and 2007 inclusive.​

  • The Greater Manchester School of DCPs (Salford)

    Diploma in Dental Therapy

    Awarded by RCS (Edin.). Only acceptable for registration for the 2011 cohort.​

  • The University of Liverpool Dental School

    BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy

    Awarded by University of Liverpool. Only intake was in 2012. No further intakes at present while programme is being re-structured.​

    Liverpool BSc Inspection FINAL REPORT WITH OBS.pdfInspection report plus observations 2012 - pdf (139KB)

 

 Dental nurses

 
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  • Association of Dental Hospitals

    Certificate of Proficiency in Dental Nursing

    Awarded by the Association of Dental Hospitals. Only acceptable for registration for qualifications awarded before 2010.​

  • Barts and The London Hospital

    Hospital Diploma in Dental Nursing

    Awarded by Barts and The London Hospital. Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted in or prior to 2012.​

  • City & Guilds

    NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing/VRQ

    Awarded by City & Guilds. Qualification awarded from 2007; VRQ not present on certificate​.

  • City & Guilds/NEBDN

    NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing/Independent Assessment

    Awarded by City & Guilds

    NVQ Level 3 in Oral Health Care/VRQ

    Awarded by City​ & Guilds. The VRQ does not feature on the certificate.

    NVQ Level 3 in Oral Health Care/Independent Assessment

    Awarded by City & Guilds. Only acceptable for registration for qualifications awarded in or prior to 2010.

  • City & Guilds/SVQ

    NVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing/PDA

    Awarded by City & Guilds​

  • National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)

    National Certificate in Dental Nursing

    Awarded by ​NEBDN

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)/City & Guilds

    SVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing/VRQ Level 3

    Awarded by SQA​

  • SQA/NEBDN

    SVQ Level 3 in Dental Nursing/Independent Assessment​

    Awarded by SQA

    SVQ Level 3 in Oral Health Care/Independent Assessment

    Awarded by SQA. Only acceptable for registration for qualifications awarded in or prior to 2010.

 

 Dental technicians

 
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  • Belfast School of Dental Technology

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Qualification awarded by EDEXCEL​

  • Birmingham Metropolitan/Matthew Boulton College

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Awarded by EDEXCEL​

    Foundation Degree (Dental Technology)

    Awarded by De Monfort University. Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted between 2006 and 2009 inclusive.

  • Castle College Nottingham (now Central College Nottingham)

    ​Foundation Degree (Science) Dental Technology

    Awarded by De Montfort University. Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted from 2006 onwards.​

  • Edinburgh Telford College

    Higher National Certificate in Dental Technology

    Awarded by SQA. Only acceptable for registration for cohorts up to and including 2008.

  • Lambeth College

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Awarded by EDEXCEL

    Foundation Degree (Science) Dental Technology

    Awarded by De Montfort University. Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted between 2006 and 2009 inclusive.

  • Leeds University Dental Institute, School of Dental Technology

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Awarded by EDEXCEL​

  • Liverpool Community College

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Awarded by EDEXCEL

    Foundation Degree (Dental Technology)

    Awarded by De Montfort University. Acceptable for registration if qualification granted since 2006.​

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

    Diploma of Higher Education in Dental Technology

    Awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Sheffield College

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Awarded by EDEXCEL​

  • Southampton City College

    BTEC National Diploma in Dental Technology

    Awarded by EDEXCEL​

 

 Clinical dental technicians

 
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  • Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (FGDP) UK

    Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology

    Top-up programme for holders of George Brown College, Toronto, diploma and awarded by RCS (Eng). ​Only acceptable for registration if qualification granted between 2007 and 2010 inclusive.

 

 Orthodontic therapists

 
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