Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery (DPCOS)


Do you want to treat more patients in your surgery rather than referring them to a specialist? This course will expand your surgical skill-set enabling you to offer a better experience for your patients.

Our Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery proved so popular that course participants asked us to add a second year and turn it into a Diploma.  You can still exit after one year and receive a certificate, but for a comprehensive programme of hands on training you can't do better than the full two year diploma.

With prominent consultants and lecturers teaching and guiding you, you will leave the course with the confidence and experience to deal with oral surgery cases in your practice.

View our quick course guide here.




If you would like to be contacted when the application re-open for Cohort 3 please email fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk with your name and telephone contact number. Please quote DPCOS C3 in the subject heading.


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Patients are routinely referred for surgical treatment, when with the right skills, experience, and the confidence gained from high quality tuition, they could be treated in the primary care setting.

This course will provide you with those skills experience and confidence, and whether you complete the certificate or the diploma you will be in a position to provide a much broader range of treatments and to offer your patients a better experience.

The Certificate/Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery, will provide you with the opportunity to complete multiple ‘hands-on’ oral surgery cases supervised by a specialist oral surgeon within a primary care setting or specialist minor oral surgery clinic.

From time to time procedures such as extractions can go wrong. You will gain the confidence to deal with these cases in practice.

The course combines practical sessions on cadaveric and animal tissue, with didactic teaching sessions using a variety of methods. Participants are also paired with a clinical supervisor to treat patients for minor oral surgery procedures.

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The course is modularised into basic sciences, clinical competencies, core competencies and health care.

Clinical competencies

  • Principles of history taking, examination and differential diagnosis
  • Request and interpret relevant investigations according to history and examination
  • Extraction of teeth and retained roots/pathology
  • Diagnosis and management of associated complications undertaking oral surgery procedures
  • Diagnosis and management of odontogenic infections
  • Diagnosis of other oral infections and relevant management, including referral where appropriate
  • Management of impacted teeth and management of associated complications
  • Dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
  • Incisional and excisional biopsy techniques where appropriate
  • Management of benign salivary gland disease
  • Appropriate pain and anxiety control including the awareness of the principles of conscious sedation techniques, assessment and management of such patients.
  • Principles of assessment of patients for general anaesthesia and counselling of patients
  • Awareness of surgical restorative options and socket and bone preservation in relation to oral surgery and future treatment e.g. implant restoratations
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of dental implantology
  • Diagnosis and management of apical pathology and management of, including surgical endodontics
  • Diagnosis and treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of the hard and soft tissues, with appropriate onward referral
  • Diagnosis and management of oro-facial pain, including temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and awareness of the management of and appropriate referral
  • Diagnosis and management of oral malignancy
  • Awareness of the likely management of patients with oral malignancy and issues relating to oral surgery
  • Diagnosis and management of dento-alveolar trauma
  • Diagnosis and awareness of the basic principles of trauma of the facial skeleton and associated soft tissues, and relevant onward referral
  • Oro-facial imaging techniques


Basic sciences

  • Anatomy, physiology, development of teeth and supporting tissues
  • Applied surgical anatomy
  • Bone biology and pathology
  • Oro-facial deformity and its current management (including CLP)
  • Oral malignancy and premalignancy
  • Oral microbial disease and antimicrobials
  • Principles of applied physiology and biochemistry with specific reference of bone growth and development, immune system, nervous system, respiratory system, circulatory system, mastication apparatus, degultition and speech
  • Anaesthesia, analgesia and sedation
  • Management of medical emergencies and completion of basic life support (inc AED)
  • Pharmacology in relation to oral surgery and effects of prescribing medications
  • Human diseases and oral manifestations of
  • Medical problems related to oral surgery


Core Competencies

  • Cross infection and sterilisation and current guidelines
  • Regulations relating to ionising radiation
  • Oral surgery in the primary care environment
  • Communication skills and team leadership and relevant training of assistants
  • Management of medical emergencies
  • Management of the medically compromised patient
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team e.g. with restorative or orthodontics


Health Care

  • An overview of the NHS, resources and administration
  • Understanding of evidence based practice, clinical guidelines and monitoring of outcomes
  • Awareness of medico-legal responsibilities, jurisprudence and ethics
  • Awareness of the organisations which govern the practice of oral surgery and ensure patient safety
  • Be able to prepare a patient for a procedure from a consent perspective and ensure that they fulfil the requirements of informed consent
  • Appreciate those patients who are unable to consent for themselves and the issues surrounding management of such patients
  • Be able to outline the treatment options available to patients, including no treatment
  • Ability to respect the confidential nature of the information gleaned in the management of a patient
  • Principles of Clinical Governance and Ethics in relation to oral surgery
  • Critical appraisal of oral surgery literature
  • Research

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To be elegible to apply, you will need:

  • to be registered with the General Dental Council
  • at least one year post-graduation;
  • a current certificate of immunisation against communicable diseases
  • training in basic CPR

Places are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.


PRICES for 2018

  Members Non-Members
Diploma £ 18,600 £ 19,400
Certificate £ 9,300 £ 9,700

2 years

The fee does not include the cost of personal travel or accommodation.

For information about FGDP (UK) Membership, please click here.



If you have any question please email fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk quoting DPCOS C3 in the subject box.


Are you a Suitable applicant?

  • Do you feel confident in assessing and completing routine oral surgery procedures in today's litigation conscious environment?
  • Have you completed Foundation training and even core training and still would like to improve your oral surgery skills?
  • Are you a Primary Care Practitioner and want to add a new dimension to your practice profile?
  • Do you want to treat many of your routine oral surgery patients ‘in-house’ rather than referring them?
  • If you are coming to study from abroad, do you feel confident in your proficiency in the English language at a level suitable for a postgraduate medical subject as delineated here: http://www.uefap.com/assess/ielts/ielts.htm?
  • Would you like to improve your skills in oral surgery to progress your career potentially towards specialist training            

Application Deadline


With the FGDP (UK)’s Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery, enjoy learning and improving your skills with specialist oral surgeons in a typical specialist surgery.

Be confident the care you offer patients will be safe and predictable.

Please click here for the prospectus.

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“Judith's experience was inspirational.”

"Excellent no nonsense, practical speakers."

“Dissection of human specimen very valuable; excellent anatomy sessions.”

“Very good lecturers - useful information/ideas which I can take back to practice.”

“The tutors are particularly good - clear, firm, instructive, but clearly very helpful and good teaching styles.”

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Mr Richard Moore – Course Lead

BDS, MFDS RCPS (Glasg), MAcadMed, CertClinEd, FFDTEd RCS(Edin)

Richard graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002 and since then has worked exclusively in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery posts across the U.K. both in primary and secondary care. He completed his externship at the University of Illinois Chicago in Oral Surgery.

He is the Course Director for the Diploma in Oral Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons England and an MJDF examiner. Richard is an Expert Advisor for NICE and an Expert Witness and Advisor for the General Dental Council. He is a reviewer for the British Dental Journal, Journal of Oral Surgery and the Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Buccal Journal.

Richard is an Advanced Life Support Instructor for the Resuscitation Council UK and has an interest in the management of medical emergencies and medically compromised patients in oral surgery.

Previous academic appointments include The University of Warwick Medical School and Kings College London.

Outside of work Richard is an avid musician and out of hours is busy playing saxophone and clarinet across Yorkshire.


Mrs Judith Stocker – Deputy Course Lead


Judith completed her dental degree at the University of Bristol before embarking on her training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. She completed her medical degree at the University of Leeds, before undertaking her specialist training in the north east of England. She has a long-held interest in education, completing her Certificate in Clinical Education whilst still a specialist registrar.  She is an educational supervisor at the University of Warwick, and is a consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at University Hospitals, Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Course Dates

Course dates for Cohort 3 are To Be Confirmed.

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How many sessions or units are there?'

There are 12 contact units across the 2 year period, consisting of interactive seminars, tutorials, classroom teaching and practical sessions.

Each Unit is spread over a Friday and a Saturday.

Contact learning:

There are 24 days of contact learning including seminars, lectures and practicals on cadavers and animal tissue.

The collateral approach of teaching surgical techniques on various mediums, and subsequently practicing them within a mentoring clinical environment, will allow candidates to develop and refine natural manual dexterity in the management of soft and hard tissue.

All current guidelines and protocols will be considered. Evidence based practice substantiated by current reading lists and texts will be recommended.

The collateral approach of teaching surgical techniques on various mediums, and subsequently practicing them within a mentoring clinical environment, will allow candidates to develop and refine natural manual dexterity in the management of soft and hard tissue.

Clinical attachments:

  • Participants complete an attachment at their tutor's practice.
  • During this attachment participants will observe their tutor completing cases including removal of teeth, fractured teeth, wisdom teeth, apicectomies and soft tissue lesions.
  • Participants will also be supervised by their tutor completing cases including surgical removal of roots/ teeth cases and soft tissue lesions /biopsies cases.
  • Having completed their clinical attachment, participants will be expected to complete cases at their own practice.
  • Participants will log all cases in an elogbook log, which will be regularly reviewed by their tutor.
  • Work based assessments are used throughout the programme to ensure that candidates are progressing sufficiently through the course

‘Can this course be completed through distance learning?’

At present, we do not offer Certificate/Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery as a distance learning course; this part-time course of twelve units must be attended in person at the Royal College of Surgeons, here in London.

‘I am an international student; can I apply?’

At present, for a candidate to be eligible for the course, they have to have full registration for with the General Dental Council (GDC), here in the UK.

In order to complete the course it is mandatory to attend all modules, any participant applying from abroad should take the extra monetary and time investment in to account before signing on to the course.

Unfortunately, the course does not meet the GDC’s requirements for temporary registration; however, we are happy to answer any questions surrounding the admission of international students on to any of our courses, please see the contact details below.

Application Deadline


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6758 or by email at fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk 

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