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De​ntal Radiography for DCPs​


About the course

This 8 week course will help you learn:

  • how to use X-rays safely and
  • how to take common dental radiographs.

The course prepares you for the BDA Qualification in Dental Radiography, a nationally-recognised qualification that qualifies you to take radiographs unsupervised.


To take part in the course you will need:

  • a computer with a broadband internet connection and sound (either using headphones or speakers)
  • an email account which you can easily check on a regular basis, (e.g Googlemail or Yahoo Mail)
  • the signed support of a dentist who is willing to supervise your practical work

The course consists of 25 modules which cover everything you’ll need to know about dental radiography. Modules are presented by Mr Eric Whaites, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental Radiology at Kings College London.


Animations, X-ray images and video clips are used to bring the subject to life, helping you to translate learning into practice. Modules last for an average of 35 minutes. They can be viewed as many times as necessary over the 8 week course.


Read about our award-winning students' experience of learning with BDA Education​


Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • be registered with the General Dental Council
  • have the support of a GDC-registered dentist
  • have access to radiographic equipment necessary to complete the Practical Portfolio

Learning materials and support

We will provide you with all the course materials you will need, namely:

  • an 8 week online course, plus a further 7 week revision course to help you prepare for the final exam
  • the approved textbook: ‘Radiography & Radiology for DCPs’ by Eric Whaites
  • comprehensive revision notes for offline study
  • self-assessment questions and mock examinations to help you to practise for the real thing.​

Even though the course is online, you won’t be studying alone. Our dedicated teaching staff will email you every week with advice and are available to answer your questions from the day you enrol until the day of your exam.

Practical work and examination

Students must take at least 40 radiographs under supervision in practice, then complete a 1 hour, online multiple-choice examination.

More inf​ormation about the practical work and examination


  • £595 per student

Please note an exam fee of £124 is payable once the student has completed their practical work and is ready to sit the final examination.

​​Contact us

For further information about the course or qualification, please email or call 0207 563 6888