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Oral Health Science

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Oral Health Science
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
The General Dental Council quality assures and approves qualifications for registration, for the following registrant groups: Dentists; dental hygienists; dental therapists; dental nurses; clinical dental technicians; dental technicians; and orthodontic therapists.
Honours Degree
Health Studies
Health Studies
Health Studies
BSC B751

External Examiners

Mrs Diane Elizabeth Hunter
Dental Hygiene and Therapy Tutor
Miss Joanne Healy
University of Edinburgh
Lecturer in Oral Health Sciences

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS744-6-AU Managing the Oral Care of Children and Adolescents Part 2 Core 30
02 HS747-6-AU Comprehensive Oral Healthcare Part 2 Core 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The general aims of the programme offered are to develop professionals who are able to meet the oral health needs of adults and children in relation to the provision of restorative care, building on previous knowledge gained as a dental hygienist, by a combination of primary care placements and university based teaching.

The programme offers a broad scientific and clinical base preparing graduates to practise as dental therapists.

To provide a programme of learning & assessment which covers the aspects of dental therapy as defined by the General Dental Councils curricula Preparing for Practice Dental Team Learning Outcomes for Registration document.

To enable students to develop professional attributes to become autonomous professionals capable of undertaking unsupervised clinical work to a high level through the development of individual communication, critical, clinical, analytical and research skills.

To enable students to develop the skills necessary for life long independent learning.

To provide a supportive and friendly learning environment for students throughout their programme.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 An understanding of the complex nature of health care delivery, including the socioeconomic, political, legal and ethical influences
A2 An understanding of the theories, principles and concepts underpinning current professional activity
A3 An understanding of the political, cultural and professional issues that hinder and facilitate team work
A4 An understanding of the concept of risk and safety culture and the system of clinical governance as a quality system
A5 Linking the concepts and principles of CPD, staff development, clinical supervision, reflective learning as methods and strategies for personal and people development and in the context of clinical governance
A6 Understanding of research methods and research evidence pertinent to area of clinical practice
Learning Methods: A1-2 are covered in lectures and seminars which introduce the concepts and material in a structured manner for class discussion.

Many of the teaching sessions will build on previous knowledge.

All students are encouraged to participate actively in the sessions.

This discussion may be face to face or online, using Moodle A2-3 are further supported by practical experience and portfolio development.
Assessment Methods: A1- A8 are assessed by course work

A1 and A2 are further assessed by written tests and OSCE

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Analyse professional practice/education/health care issues, informed by current development
B2 Use a range of skills, techniques, approaches and materials relevant to dental practice, informed by current thinking and policy, the profession's evolving evidence base and developments
B3 Resolve ethical and professional issues, making informed judgements on matters that are explicitly addressed within existing codes, standards and protocols
B4 Develop creative responses to problems and issues
B5 Practice in ways that draw on reflection of practice and responsibilities
Learning Methods: B1-3 are facilitated through seminars, small group work and clinical portfolios supported by an enquiry based learning approach.

Participation is facilitated by the incorporation of exemplars, provided by the students, into the course teaching.

They are further supported by individual supervision in primary care placements.

Teaching may be face to face and online using Moodle
Assessment Methods: B1 to B5 are assessed by course work, MCQ, written tests, OSCE and a literature review

C: Practical skills

C1 Perform their role safety and competently with minimum supervision
C2 Demonstrate co-ordinated performance, and be confident in the delivery of care
C3 Take a leadership role in care delivery and within a specific team context
Learning Methods: B1 is assessed through coursework, SATs, portfolios, class presentations

B2-3 are assessed through written assignments and reflective portfolios
Assessment Methods: C1 to C2 are assessed by OSCE

C1 to C3 are also assessed by work-based assessment

D: Key skills

D1 Able to write clearly and effectively and effectively present information verbally
D2 a) Use the Internet b) Access data via library, professional bodies etc c) Use audiovisual presentation tools and technique
D3 Calculate medication dosage, calculate fluid intake and output
D4 Identify problems emerging from theory and practice
D5 Motivate and work within a team context, demonstrate an awareness of personal limitations and scope of practice, and take responsibility for ones own work
D6 Able to respond appropriately and effectively to feedback from staff supervision and guidance, able to plan work so it is submitted complete and on time and able to improve own performance Demonstrate an aptitude for continuing to advance knowledge, understanding and skills in line with identified learning need
Learning Methods: 1-6 are taught through seminars, small group work, presentations in class and in the clinical areas and enhanced by ongoing individual tutorials and support from academic and clinical educator in general practice
Assessment Methods: D1-D4 and D6 are assessed by on-line assessment

D5 is assessed by work-based assessment


The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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