Primary Care Oral Surgery: course details


FDGP Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Oral Surgery, awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Over 130 verifiable hours CPD.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply, you will need:

  • Current registration with UK General Dental Council or equivalent in another country*.
  • At least one year post-graduation.
  • Access to your own patients through your practice for clinical case completion.
  • A current certificate of immunisation.
  • Training in basic CPR.
  • A high level of competence in English (IELTS level 7 or equivalent).

*Note: GDC Registration – International (including EU) candidates (Extract from GDC Guidance)

1.2 Temporary registration with the GDC exists to allow overseas-qualified dentists to undertake a training programme (in the UK). 

1.3. Temporary registration will not be granted to allow the applicant to work in primary care or private hospitals or dental practices. 

1.5. Temporary registration does not lead to full registration or offer the option of being exempt from either taking the ORE or exempt from taking certain parts of the ORE in order to gain full registration' 


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Course Content

Research shows that the undergraduate experience of core clinical skills in oral surgery could be enhanced, as competence in surgical extractions may be difficult to achieve due to lack of undergraduate exposure.

The course aims to fill any gaps in knowledge and experience and is modularised into basic sciences, clinical competencies, core competencies and health care.

With 12 contact units across the two-year period, each consists of interactive seminars, tutorials, classroom teaching and practical sessions. Throughout all practical sessions, an approved oral surgery tutor in a clinical setting supervises candidates.

Undertaking surgical cases in a controlled environment allows candidates to follow a route through assessment, treatment planning, diagnosis, surgical procedure and reflective practice.

Teaching Methods

Through a combination of classroom and practical teaching as well as mentored in-practice cases, you will become a better dental surgeon with a wider range of skills and experience in oral surgery.

There are two oral examinations, which focus on case studies and material studied throughout the programme. The course is practical-based and includes ongoing clinical assessments.

Course Topics

  • Patient assessment, history taking, examination and diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and management of surgical complications
  • Surgical exodontia including third molars and impacted teeth
  • Pain and anxiety control including conscious sedation and general anaesthesia
  • Pathology related to the soft and hard tissues of the facial skeleton
  • Management of pain including TMJ pathology
  • Diagnosis and management of dentoalveolar trauma
  • Applied anatomy, physiology and pathology of the oro-facial region
  • Human diseases and the relationship to oral surgery
  • Management of medical emergencies and the medically ‘compromised’ patients
  • An overview of the NHS, resources and administration
  • Awareness and understanding of the medico-legal aspects of oral surgery
  • Principles of clinical governance and ethics in relation to oral surgery
  • Critical appraisal of the literature and evidence-based practice

Full syllabus

Course Faculty


Louis McArdle 

Course Leads

Louise Ormondroyd

Jashme Patel


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