Assessment Structure & Student Guidance

We strive to do all we can to help students pass their exams, below outlines the procedures we have in place to ensure that all students benefit from constant assessment throughout their training and that they are confident and ready when it is time to sit the exams.

Introduction

The Certificate In Oral Health Education is a valuable qualification for Dental Nurses that are hoping to further their careers. This course is fully accredited by the National Examining Board of Dental Nurses.

The course duration will be between 9 – 12 months depending on the month of enrolment. Examinations are now held in Manchester.

Learning Needs

There is a learning needs section on the application form for a student to identify any additional support they feel they may need before beginning the course, this will then be discussed via a telephone conversation with the course tutor. All information is kept strictly confidential. If students require extra time in their final examination a report must be provided to our training centre at the earliest convenience preferably before the start of the course.

Literacy Test

This is completed upon entry to the course. A literacy test shows us you are able to start your training and that all students within that cohort are at a similar level of understanding. If you do not pass this test a meeting will be arranged between yourself the mentor and the tutor to discuss the possible routes to help you gain access to the course.

Proof of GDC registration and qualifications

All post registration courses require students to send a copy of their GDC certificate as proof of registration on the GDC register to our training centre. If any appropriately qualified dental nurses will be supervising the students taking the Radiography and Oral Health courses they must provide a copy of their qualification certificates to the training centre at the beginning of the course.

Record of Competencies (ROC’S)/electronic record of experiences (eROES)

These are compulsory for all courses and are supplied by the NEBDN for students to complete. All of the courses will have slightly different requirements to be able to successfully complete the ROC/eROE. This is explained fully at the induction lecture. Mentors, tutors and the training centres internal moderators are all involved with checking the students ROC/eROE to ensure a high level of understanding by the student is achieved. It is the responsibility of the students employer, to allow adequate time for the student to complete their ROC/eROE within work time where possible, and to provide adequate support.

Lectures

These will cover all subjects within the course syllabus and will be delivered using different teaching methods; PowerPoint lectures, flip board lectures, practical sessions, group; pair work and class discussions. Online courses will receive all the data needed online and via e-mail and telephone conferencing.

Self Directed Learning

Students will be responsible for taking notes during lectures and for making up their own folder of information. Students will be responsible for home study using the recommended text books outlined in the NEBDN syllabus along with lecture notes available on the website. Online students receive limited tutor support, but tutors are contactable via e-mail and your queries will be answered as soon as possible.

Homework

Depending on the course this is marked with a pass/fail grade along with constructive criticism if needed. Homework is to be completed within a reasonable amount of time outlined by the tutor and must be adhered to. Failure to do so could jeopardise your place on the course.

MCQ’s and EMCQ’S

There is an online banks of MCQ’s and EMCQ’s that are automatically marked upon completion of the tests, students can log in and complete these at their leisure

Tutorials

These are given at regular intervals and these are outlined in timetables and documented and filed in the student’s portfolio, E-mail contact is maintained with the student and mentor throughout the course. If concerns are raised the relevant person is contacted. Personal tutoring sessions will be given to students who request them, if agreed by the student and tutor. (There may be an additional charge).

Mock Exams

These are carried out and set as a real NEBDN exam experience. Online students will need to ensure they set themselves examination conditions. Students are then given individual feedback with their results. They are compulsory to attend so that we can assess if you are eligible to be entered for the final examination. Failure to attend/take them could jeopardise your entry to the examination. This decision will be made by your tutor and course director.

Student Progress Reports

These are sent to the Mentors throughout the duration of the courses (3 reports for the post registration courses and 4 reports for the diploma courses). These reports help to keep the whole training team informed of the student’s progress throughout the course. These reports are stored on your file and kept should they be requested by any professional bodies in the future such as the GDC or NEBDN.

Clinical progress reports must be returned to the training centre within 7 days of receipt.

Internal Moderator

This is a member of the training centre staff employed to assess how the tutor is grading students work, we follow a strict protocol in line with the NEBDN guidelines. All moderation is recorded. You can ask to access the internal moderator’s comments at any time throughout the course duration. These documents are stored on your file and kept should they be requested by any professional bodies in the future such as the GDC or NEBDN.

Criminal Convictions

If you have any current criminal convictions or get any convictions during your training with us you may not be eligible to be entered for your examination. Please inform us as soon as possible if this has happened.

Date reviewed: October 2019

Date to be reviewed: October 2020