Dental Hygienist Adaptation Module

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Summer & Long Vacation
Undergraduate: Level 6
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Thursday 02 September 2021
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

This module facilitates achievement of GDC required learning outcomes for a dental hygienist with an existing qualification from another country who has undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professional assessment of their existing qualification. Demonstration of achievement of these learning outcomes being a requirement for registration as dental hygienist with the GDC.

Module aims

To allow existing qualified dental hygienists who qualified outside of the UK the opportunity to meet the learning outcomes as specified by the GDC following a DCP assessment panel outcome.

To enable students to follow a structured programme of teaching and learning to address the required learning outcomes.

Module learning outcomes

To critically reflect upon own strengths & weaknesses.

To select appropriate methods to address and evidence professional development to meet the required GDC learning outcomes.

To have a critical understanding of current UK policy in relation to dental hygiene practice

Module information

Oversees qualified dental hygienists are required to undergo an assessment of their qualification prior to being allowed to register as dental hygienist in the UK. The results of this assessment of oversees qualification often results in a set of requirements of the applicant to meet certain learning outcomes that the GDC assessment panel deem needing to be addressed prior to the applicant being allowed to register with the GDC as a dental hygienist.

The module consists of taught sessions by clinical experts in the field of oral health science and dental hygiene covering theoretical teaching, demonstration and teaching of clinical skills using simulation and learning from clinical work based placement undertaking clinical competencies on patients under
supervision. Students will learn in small groups and be facilitated to practice and develop their through integrating clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: The module will combine a number of different teaching approaches. There will be skills-focussed practical sessions, including the use of simulated practice using the dental skills lab. Clinical and reflective log analysis will provide authentic examples to relate theory and practice. In addition, lectures will introduce key concepts. Individual tutorials, as negotiated between student and academic supervisors and experiential learning in practice-based placements with experienced clinical educators, will further enhance teaching and learning. Lectures: Lectures by members of the Oral Health Science team, University of Essex, supplemented on occasions by external experts. Independent: Regular guided learning tasks will be set for students using the moodle virtual learning platform Placement: The student will undertake a clinical placement in a relevant clinical environment (Primary care placement). Online: Discussion forums will be utilised for enhancing learning in appropriate topic areas. Tutorials: - It is expected that the student will meet with their personal tutor at least twice during the module. - Students are encouraged to request further personal tutorials at any stage during the module if they feel this is necessary.


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Nick Barker, email: nbarker@essex.ac.uk.
Members of the Oral Health Science team
Lizzie Norris & Tracy Palmer E: hhsohlth@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mrs Lorna Woodward
NHS lanarkshire
Tutor Hygiene Therapist
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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