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Diploma in Special Care Dentistry - Part B

Exam overview

Part B of the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (DSCD) is assessed by a structured oral examination.

The DSCD examination changed format from 1 July 2019. If you are interested in sitting DSCD Part A and/or Part B please ensure you have read DSCD Changes to Part A and Part B.

  • £280.00
£280.00

Eligibility

To be eligible for the award of the diploma all candidates must: 

  • possess a primary dental qualification that is acceptable to the Council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England;
  • have complied with all the regulations, and have signed, in the presence of an officer of the College, a declaration of compliance with the ordinances of the College.

Exam format

Part B of the DSCD examination is held in the UK and will examine elements from all the 7 modules of the curriculum:

Module 1: Oral Sciences of Relevance

Module 2: Knowledge & Understanding of Conditions leading to Impairment & Disabilities

Module 3: Behavioural Sciences & Sociology of Health, Impairment & Disability

Module 4: Law, Ethics and Health & Safety

Module 5: Provision of Comprehensive Oral CareModule 6: Developing Services in a Community Setting

Module 7: Clinical Effectiveness

It consists of the following components:

  • 2 problem solving structured clinical reasoning (SCR) stations - assessing clinical reasoning and application of knowledge;
  • 2 clinical governance SCRs - assessing clinical reasoning and application of knowledge;
  • 2 unseen case SCRs - assessing communication, clinical reasoning and application of knowledge;
  • 1 communication skills station - assessing communication only.

Syllabus

Module 1: Oral Sciences of Relevance

Module 2: Knowledge & Understanding of Conditions leading to Impairment & Disabilities

Module 3: Behavioural Sciences & Sociology of Health, Impairment & Disability

Module 4: Law, Ethics and Health & Safety

Module 5: Provision of Comprehensive Oral Care

Module 6: Developing Services in a Community Setting

Module 7: Clinical Effectiveness

Exam dates

All applications must be received by 5pm on the exam closing date. Please read our exams guidance before applying.

Exam Application and Fees Due Practicals and Orals Exam Fee
DSCD Part A
21 August 2020
16 October 2020
£310
DSCD Part B 21 August 2020 19 - 20 October 2020 £560

Following the postponement of the examinations of 15 and 16 April 2020, the DSCD Part A and Part B have been rescheduled to the dates above. Candidates who have already applied for the April sittings will be automatically transferred onto the October examinations.

Applicants are asked to email their completed application forms to dentalexams@rcseng.ac.uk. All applicants will be informed as soon as a rescheduled date for this examination is confirmed.

Completion Fee

There is a £230 completion fee for those completing an FDS Royal College of Surgeons of England diploma. This fee will be collected once you have passed the exam.


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