Taught course

Preparing for Practice Appraisal (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · Faculty of Science
No award

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a Dental or Healthcare related subject. Alternative qualifications or relevant experience in healthcare management will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Non standard applications may require an interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

If you work in and lead a dental practice, this short distance learning course will enable you to prepare for a successful inspection. You will learn how to apply key theories and professional practice in leading and managing people, to ensure that patient safety is at the heart of your dental practice. This course has been developed in partnership with the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK).

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop leadership and management skills
  • Explore national healthcare policy and processes
  • Analyse the roles of key stakeholders

What opportunities might it lead to?

The content and structure of this short distance learning course has been designed within a Masters framework, meaning on successful completion you will accrue 30 credits. You can use this continue with professional development and study at Masters Level. Successful completion will enable you to prepare your practice and lead your staff through an inspection from any of the key stakeholders. You will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills including policy writing, appraisal, the ability to communicate, argue complex ideas verbally, and the ability to evaluate the ideas of others objectively.

Module Details

Topics will include:

  • leadership and management
  • policy development
  • risk assessment
  • appraisal
  • revalidation

Programme Assessment

Studying at a distance doesn’t mean studying alone and being left to fend for yourself. Rather, distance learning means studying at a time and place which suits you, with all of the resources that you need readily accessible. Your distance learning journey is well-supported by Dental Academy Staff.

Course content is delivered using the Moodle platform and a blended learning approach, utilising e- learning you will be directed to a range of electronically sourced material. You will also have access to the University of Portsmouth Library who provide an excellent service for students who choose to study at a distance. Skills4Study Campus from Palgrave Macmillan is the University of Portsmouth's online study skills resource; its modules cover all of your essential study skills needs which can be accessed from the Moodle course 'skills@portsmouth'. As part of the course you will also do coursework to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes, development of knowledge transfer and evidence based inquiry. The focus is on the application of learning in a work related context through reflection.

Assessment is 100% Coursework:

1. Written report of 2,500 words

2. Portfolio of evidence (collection of evidence and a 2,500 word reflection on the principles of Quality Assurance)

3. An online poster presentation of a risk assessment undertaken at own practice.

Student Destinations

On completing this course, you will become skilled in decision making, reflection and self awareness enabling you to develop and lead a successful dental practice that respects both the patient and the staff. Many of our graduates choose to continue with postgraduate study to complete Master’s or Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

Fees and funding

UK students
£2,500 p/a *Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration

No award

distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9484 5566