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Working in the UK dental world

The ORE (Overseas Registration Examination) initially, was the only way non-EU overseas graduates could register and work in the UK. It was called the IQE and now since about two years has been called the ORE. It now has been a two-part exam with the first part consisting of the Theory component encompassing all five years of an undergraduate dental syllabus. The second part consists of 4 components viz. Objective Structured Clinical Exam, Dental Manikin exercise, Dental Treatment Planning and Medical Emergencies.

The LDS (Licence in Dental Surgery) is the oldest continuously existing dental qualification in the United Kingdom. It started in 1860, under a charter by HM Queen Victoria in The 1858 Medical Act.It is conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons to test the fitness of persons to practise as dentists and to grant certificates of such fitness.

The ORE and the LDS, both allow an overseas qualified Dentist to register and work as a dentist in the country. The biggest question is if both the examinations grant you registration as a dentist in the UK, which one does one go for??The ORE essentially just gives one a kind of conversion of their native degree to a British qualification. It is a fairly tough exam. The LDS on the other hand is a recognised qualification. That too from one of the most prestigious colleges in the UK, The Royal College of Surgeons of England. The LDS, however is supposed to be a grade lower than a standard BDS degree, but as long as one can register with the qualification who cares?
As a non-EU graduate who has done the ORE and now plans to ho ahead and do the LDS (mainly for academic reasons), my advice to aspirants trying to do the exams to get into the UK is just apply for both the exams. The only hindrance to do both should be monetary. Both the exams are tricky and no one can predict for sure when one can get through. It is the unpredictable nature of these exams that compels me to request colleagues to attempt both the exams. Whichever gets done first is your way towards registration as a dentist.
After one passes these exams you need to complete Vocational Training (1 year VT) or VT Equivalence (3-12 months). These jobs are a bit tough to get.
I do train for ORE part one and part two. You can connect to me for any information on these exams and for any help in preparation.

For more information on the ORE check out the GDC website www.gdc-uk.org?and for the LDS log on to http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/exams/lds
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Best of Luck
Dr. Pretam Gharat


  1. For the ORE part one exam we have the following preparation options:
    1) ORE part one preparatory materials including presentation of preparatory courses, links to e-books, Statistics and Law and Ethics presentations. Cost – GBP 150.
    2) One-to-one course including all the materials. This course comprises of a 3 hour session (available on most weekdays) via Skype or any similar chat program. This course is the first course we expect you to do before you start your exam preparation and it covers a comprehensive and systematic outline of the exam/ORE. We would focus on each subject, each topic and each chapter. Also, we go through statistics and law and ethics which forms almost 30% of the paper. There will be a short presentation on Statistics and Law and ethics. Additional email/sms support is provided until you appear for the exam.
    Cost – GBP 250.00
    3) One-to-one Revision course for part one ORE exam.This course comprises of a 3 hour session (available on most weekdays) via Skype or any similar chat program. This is the course you need to do just few weeks before the exam. The course covers a comprehensive range of questions previously asked in the ORE part one examination. We also go through old question banks, other set of questions. Also we go thru statistics and law and ethics which forms almost 30% of the paper. There will be a short presentation on Statistics and Law and ethics. Cost – GBP 250.00
    Best to take 2 sessions for this course – GBP 400.00

    Please email with whatever options you wish to consider.

  2. Saher

    Hi Dr pretam
    I recently did my bds from Pakistan. I am a British Citizen and I wish to give the ORE as soon as possible. I don’t want to do my house job from Pakistan. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the education system there
    But there is a nine -1o months additional training that we do in Pakistan after completing our bds degree
    So I wish to give the ORE without it. It would be a big help if you could tell me what I need to do since I’m pretty lost at the moment
    Thank you

  3. Amola

    Dear dr.
    Is there is a way not to do ore and fet full regiestration with GDC. I have master degree and phd from uk. Your help is highly appreciate.

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