UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students' knowledge and skills, theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. Simulation training in management of medical emergencies is an important component of the programme. It is compliant with UK sedation guidelines. Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments with a programme mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients using standard sedation techniques, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies during sedation.

The programme is available to both doctors and dentists, which is unique in the UK. The programme invites guest speakers from other institutions and the Programme Director himself is a visiting professor from UWC, Cape Town, providing connections with the international sedation community. This programme trains students in standard sedation techniques. We would like to present short courses in advanced sedation techniques in the future. The programme prepares graduates to practise as operator sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation; dedicated sedation practitioners: delivering the relief of pain and anxiety through conscious sedation while conducting dental procedures (this form of sedation practice is becoming very popular and the demand is increasing); sedation trainers; various graduates are now offering conscious sedation for the first time in their practices, and one graduate is now running airway certification courses.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £7,190 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £7,190 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £14,040 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: UK/EU applicants must be registered with the GDC or GMA and have a minimum of one year clinical experience post-qualification. International students without the above registration are welcome to undertake the theoretical elements of the programme as a CPD course.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100