Paediatric Dentistry: a team approach CPD Award

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and understanding of the role of the dental care professional in caring for the child patient in a team model of care. It is designed to enhance your approaches to learning and help you to become an investigative learner who is able to critically appraise the evidence-base relating to the treatment of oral disease in the child patient, to inform and reflect upon your own clinical practice.

Through reflection in a clinical setting, you will investigate the outcomes of different approaches to treatment that will benefit all patients in your care. You will investigate the cause of disease, prevention, and how the dental team approaches treatment.

Special features

  • The course is delivered completely online allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will have access to a personal academic tutor who will support you throughout your learning
  • You will be able to communicate with tutors and other students through our virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • The course is directly related to the clinical work of the therapist, but will also be of interest to others including dentists
  • You will gain a recognised qualification that demonstrates the application of clinical understanding and knowledge at postgraduate level, meeting CPD requirements for the regulator (General Dental Council, GDC), and potentially aiding professional progression

Entry requirements

  • A relevant degree such as an ordinary or honours degree in oral health science, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDA), MChD or BChD Dental Surgery, or Diploma in Dental Therapy
  • You must also be working in a clinical setting or have worked clinically within the last 2 years 



You will study:

  • Paediatric Dentistry: a team approach

Topics covered include:

Disease recognition

  • Aetiology and determinants of oral disease in the child
  • Risk assessment for child patients
  • Impacts of general health and additional needs
  • Identify contributing factors including management of dental fear and anxiety
  • Targeted preventive approaches for child patients informed by structured risk assessments


  • Evidence-informed approaches to treatment considering risks, benefits and the perception and preference of parents and children
  • Treatment planning in a team model
  • Assessment and management of dental fear and anxiety, pain management
  • Practical approaches to treatment in a team model of provision of dental care
  • Monitoring and evaluation of treatment outcomes
  • Recognising and addressing success and failure


  • Identifying the reflective practitioner
  • Practical reflective tools and practices
  • Evaluation of learning

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • The module is delivered over 16 weeks, the final 2 weeks being dedicated to assessment completion

How long will my course last?

  • You will study for one semester (16 weeks) at 20 hours per week

The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

This course is delivered fully online, including video conference lectures and tutorials. You can study from your home location anywhere in the UK. However, you will be enrolled and get support from staff at the above campus.

Start date

  • January


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will gain a recognised qualification that demonstrates application of clinical understanding and knowledge at postgraduate level, meeting CPD requirements for the regulator, and potentially aiding professional progression.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider progression to our MSc Oral Health Science, and beyond, to professional doctorates. 

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Paediatric Dentistry: a team approach CPD Award

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.