Award in Plaque Scoring (Level 2)

Course title: Award in Plaque Scoring (As part of Oral Health Education)
This course is aimed at dental nurses who wish to apply undertake plaque scoring on referral as part of oral health advice or dental treatment needs.
Endorsed by: DELTA Awards
Structure: The course is delivered by way of two modules. All modules are mandatory.
Grading: Pass or fail
Pre-requisites: Candidates must hold, or be working toward, a recognised Oral Health Education qualification.
Course fee: £90.00 – including VAT at 20%.

This course is assessed by:

  • Workplace portfolio of experience
  • Essay submission
  • Multiple choice test

Candidates must achieve a pass in all modules to gain the qualification.

Resit arrangements:

Candidates can receive a small course extension to amend or change any information in the workplace portfolio or essay submissions.

Candidates get two attempts at the online multiple choice questions.

Guided learning hours: This programme is 30 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)
Course length: 10 weeks
Credits: This course attracts 3 credits


Module 1 Module 2
General Dental Council – responsibilities as a registrant
CPR / emergencies
First Aid
Cross infection
Management of different patient groups
Anatomy of the oral cavity
Treatments which would benefit from plaque scoring
Technique and methods
Aftercare advice and follow up appointments
Assessment Assessment
Essay on the consent process
Essay on your responsibilities as a GDC registrant
One extended case study
Workplace portfolio of evidence
Online MCQ test

Workplace Portfolio of Evidence

This contains evidence of 5 patient cases where plaque scoring has been done as part of dental treatment or oral health education. Each patient should be seen on two occasions.

The portfolio should include at least one patient from each group:

  • Pre school children
  • Children aged 5-12 years
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Elderly


Case study

One case should be expanded into a case study which should include information of the full treatment plan that plaque scoring is part of. Word count 1000 – 1500 words.


Multiple Choice Questions

At the end of the final module, candidates will be required to pass a short multiple choice test on all subjects covered. This is 20 minutes in duration and consists of 15 questions. It can be taken at anytime following the completion of the course, and is done online. Candidates get one resit opportunity should they not attain 75% on their first attempt. If the second attempt is also unsuccessful, this will result in a fail for the whole course.


Course Content

Module 1

Legislation: GDPR
Consent and confidentiality
General Dental Council: Responsibilities as a registrant
CPR / emergencies: Anaphylaxis
First Aid

Learner Outcomes:

The candidate will:

  • Understand the legal aspects surrounding patient consent and data protection
  • Understand the importance of managing any adverse incidents quickly and efficiently
  • Understand their responsibility to the patient and to the rest of the dental team as a GDC registrant

The candidate can:

  • Keep accurate dental records of the treatments in which they have been involved
  • Maintain confidentiality and data protection policies as per the workplace and legislative requirements
  • Maintain efficient health and safety and cross infection control procedures and work safely


Module 2

Health and Safety: Environment
Cross Infection Control: PPE
Decontamination and sterilization
Patient management: Patient groups

  • Pre school children
  • 5-12 year olds
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Elderly
Anatomy of the oral cavity
Treatments which would benefit from plaque scoring
Technique and methods
Aftercare advice and follow up appointments

Learner Outcomes:

The candidate will:

  • Understand the importance of good health and safety awareness during an appointment for plaque scoring
  • Understand the importance of maintaining good cross infection control during an appointment for plaque scoring
  • Understand the differences in the patient management of different patient groups
  • Understand the importance of good patient instruction and management
  • Appreciate the importance of good communication and instruction
  • Understand the importance of plaque scoring as part of oral hygiene instruction
  • Have awareness of different methods of recording plaque scores

The candidate can:

  • Demonstrate safe working practice during plaque scoring
  • Provide relevant and correct oral health advice in conjunction with plaque scoring
  • Demonstrate good cross infection control before, during and after an appointment for plaque scoring
  • Handle equipment and materials safely and correctly
  • Undertake plaque scoring efficiently and correctly
  • Give examples of how poor patient management can impact on the treatment of the patient
  • Act appropriately if a patient needs further care
  • Give examples of good and bad patient management
  • Give examples of different communication methods which may be used during an appointment

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