Rad Category

Course summary

  • Availability: 8 courses per year
  • Course type: Online
  • Suitable for: GDC-registered Dental Care Professionals
  • CPD: 40 hours verifiable
  • Cost: £595 (+ £124 to be paid prior to the final exam)

Click date to enrol

13 Jan 2020 (FULL) 10 Feb 2020 (FULL)
09 Mar 2020 (FULL) 20 Apr 2020 (FULL)
18 May 2020 (FULL) 15 June 2020 (FULL)
17 Aug 2020 (FULL) 14 Sep 2020 (FULL)

Dental Radiography for dental care professionals


The BDA online Radiography course teaches you how to use X-rays safely, and how to take common radiographs. The course leads to the BDA Education Certificate in Dental Radiography – a nationally-recognised qualification that entitles you to take radiographs unsupervised.

The course is approved by the British Society of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, and the Society and College of Radiographers.

To be eligible for the course you must:

  • Be GDC-registered
  • Have the support of a GDC-registered dentist
  • Have access to radiographic equipment necessary to complete the Portfolio.

Course aims and objectives

The course covers the following topic areas:

  1. Introduction to radiation
  2. Introduction to radiography
  3. Intra-oral radiography
  4. Panoramic radiography
  5. Other practical techniques
  6. Quality assurance and the law
  7. Image interpretation.


You will be required to complete 25 modules, 5 quizzes and a practise test over a period of 8 weeks. You will then be expected to complete a Practical Portfolio – under supervision – consisting of 40 radiographs:

  • 10 panoramics
  • 10 pairs of bitewings
  • 20 paralleling technique periapicals.

You will be given approximately 5 months to complete the practical work.

Once the Portfolio has been completed to the required standard, you will then sit a 1 hour, online, multiple choice examination. You will be awarded the BDA Education Certificate in Dental Radiography upon passing the final examination. Exams are held in March, September and November of each year.

The final exam must be taken on a PC or laptop (not a Mac) with broadband internet connection. Macs, Mac devices, smartphones and tablets are not compatible with the exam software.

Learning materials and support

We will provide you with everything that you need, namely:

  • The textbook: ‘Radiography and Radiology for DCPs' by Eric Whaites
  • Revision notes, quizzes and mock examinations
  • BDA Advice sheets and guidance notes
  • Revision notes for offline study
  • A 7 week revision course to help you prepare for the final exam.

Additionally, 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.

Contact us

radiography.support@bda.org or 0207 563 6888

Dental Radiography for DCPs - January 2021

January 2021 course

Exam date: 18 September 2021

  • You must be logged into your own account when enrolling on this course.

Learn how to take dental x-rays with our highly-successful and user-friendly course.

Achieving the BDA Education Certificate in Dental Radiography will qualify you to take radiographs unsupervised.

Course summary

The course consists of 8-weeks of online theory, which will teach you the essential skills needed to use X-rays safely and take common dental radiographs. Once this initial part of the course has been completed, students will be required to complete a Portfolio of practical work consisting of 40 radiographs, and then sit a final exam.

The course and exam are held entirely online, meaning you will not need to take any time out of work to study.

The qualification is approved by the BSDMFR and the Society and College of Radiographers.

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