Advanced Course
A 14 month programme leading to The College of General Dentistry’s Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics. 
Advanced Course
A 14 month programme leading to The College of General Dentistry’s Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics. 
Course Overview
The IAS Advanced course is a comprehensive orthodontic course aimed to train dentists how to treat more complex malocclusions including extraction cases. Advanced training counts as preparation for the College of General Dentistry's (CGDent's) Diploma in Primary Care Orthodontics (DipPCOrth) qualification. The course covers all appliance systems - fixed functional, aligners, lingual and Inman, covering both the theory and practical aspects of orthodontic care. The course extends over 14 months as 10 modules, delivered in 5 blocks about 3 months apart. During the course you will discuss multiple new cases, participate in on-line webinars, hands-on practicals and will be mentored one-to-one for 20 treated cases by specialists.

This course is recommended for dentists who are treating a minimum of 10 orthodontic cases per annum and are familiar with use of fixed appliances. This is to ensure that you have enough case-flow and experience. 

Completion of IAS Fixed Brace 2-day Hands on course or 1-day conversion course. Or have treated to completion at least 10 fixed cases, familiar with IAS assessment, diagnosis and planning protocols. We may request you submit a portfolio of experience to confirm.
The programme is over 14 months and consists of 10 modules supported by 5 courses. 
  • Records, Assessment, problems lists and diagnosis
  • Fixed appliances – typodont, placement, archwire
  • Removables - design, adjustment and use
  • Functionals - design, adjustment and use
  • Treatment planning 1 (Class I and Class II div1)
  • Treatment planning 2 (Class II div 2 and Class III)
  • Radiography – Ceph/OPG/CBCT
  • Aetiology of malocclusion, Growth & Development
  • Development of dentition, interceptive & tooth movement
  • Dental Material & Biomechanics
  • Retention
  • Ortho, Multidisciplinary,& Restorative
  • Critical Reading skills, Health Education and audit
  • IT&C skills, Practice management, H&S, Legislation
Intake 8
Course 1: 19th-21st November 2020
Course 2: 13th-16th January 2021
Course 3: 11th-13th March 2021
Course 4: 3rd-5th June 2021
Course 5: 9th-11th September 2021

Intake 9
Course 1: 10th – 12th June 2021
Course 2: 13th – 16th October 2021
Course 3: 2nd – 4th December 2021
Course 4: 4th - 7th May 2022
Course 5: 15th – 17th September 2022
(The dates above may be subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances.) 
The IAS Advanced Course is a certificate course with verifiable CPD hours. The teaching follows the guidelines of training with literature reviews, specialist case supervision and the Peer Assessment Rating (PAR) index assessment of treated cases to form a personal portfolio. This will show a level of competency in the field of orthodontics.

Essential Pre-course reading
You will be expected to complete pre-course reading before each course.
The essential texts for this course are:
  • An Introduction to Orthodontics, Laura Mitchell, 4th edition, Oxford University Press.
  • Contemporary Orthodontics, WR Profitt, 5th edition, Mosby.
  • Postgraduate Notes in Orthodontics, Multiple Authors, University of Bristol.
  • Plus other journal articles, audits and reports
Essential Equipment
Delegates will require a range of orthodontic instruments which will need to be brought to the hands-on sessions:
  • A digital SLR camera with ring flash
  • Intra-oral photography mirrors
  • Retractors for record taking
You are advised to bring loupes to the hands-on sessions if you use them in practice.

For case assessments you will require a ruler and a protractor for tracing Cephs and a light box. 
Weekly Online Planning Discussions
Professor Hobson will be posting cases and questions on the private forum for discussion on a weekly basis which all delegates will be expected to participate in. Delegates are expected to log in to the forum daily as participation in the forum is part of the on-going course assessment. 
Supervised Cases
Delegates will be expected to treat 20 cases under Professor Hobson’s supervision. This will involve posting images of each stage of each case on the private forum for his feedback, to monitor the progress and advise what needs to be done at the next appointment.
You will be expected to treatment plan 2-3 cases per course (5 courses in total). This will involve bringing full records (trimmed study models, photos printed and on a memory stick, and radiographs original and on a memory stick) to each course. These can be included in your 20 supervised cases and not in addition. 
Independent Study
During courses, delegates will be expected to assess papers and/or cases overnight for discussion the following day. 
Audit Project
You will be required to complete one audit on a project of your choosing. The details of this will be covered during the first course.
There will be 5 assessments which will include hands on practical sessions, presentations, online multiple-choice questionnaires, EMI’s and an essay.

The aim is to achieve equivalence to a Diploma in Primary Orthodontic Care.
Book this course £11,950+VAT (£14,340)
Course Fees
The course fee is £11,950+VAT (£14,340)

An initial non-refundable payment of £850+VAT (£1,020) is required to secure your booking.

The balance is payable in 3 instalments (3 months apart) of £3,700+VAT (£4,440). 

Please note that the course fee does not include accommodation.

Due to limited places applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis. 
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Meet the lecturer
Prof Ross Hobson
Ross graduated from the University of Newcastle, has Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Glasgow, Edinburgh and England. His MDOrth is from the RCPS Glasgow). He was the first dentist to be awarded the prestigious Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. His specialist orthodontic training was completed in Dundee. He has published over 60 refereed articles on Orthodontics, hypodontia, dental materials and education. He was appointed to the Chair in Orthodontics at UClan to develop part-time specialist orthodontic training in primary care.