Dental Core Training

National Dental Core Training (DCT) Recruitment 2020

Recruitment to Dental Core training (DCT) posts in the UK is through a national selection process led by Health Education England’s East Midlands local office (the DCT National Recruitment Office).  DCT posts in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be included.  The revised recruitment and selection processes will ensure standardisation in selection and values based recruitment in line with other national training programmes.

Applicants can apply to three training levels (DCT1, DCT2 or DCT3). The level of DCT post will depend on how many years of DCT training an applicant has previously undertaken. Please note that applicants should select the most appropriate training level above and submit only one application.

Applications and offers will be made through the national recruitment system, Oriel.  This system enables the national coordination of the application and offer processes and will allow applicants to accept only one post. The national recruitment timeline will be available below shortly.

Longlisted applicants will be invited to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and subsequently attend one of the five national selection centres. Applicants will be able to select which centre to attend. Applicants will be asked to preference all the posts in which they are interested. By preferencing more posts, applicants will have a better chance of securing a post.  Offers will be made in rank order by performance.  Please download the applicant guide below for more information, along with the person specifications for each vacancy. Please note these are for the 2019 recruitment process and will be updated for 2020.

To download a copy of the Dental Silver Guide and the UK Dental Core Training Curriculum, please visit the COPDEND website.

All DCT recruitment queries should be directed to 


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Applications Open TBC
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SJT Invitations Sent TBC
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Selection Centre Booking Deadline TBC

Selection Centre Window


Inital Offers Released TBC
Hold Deadline TBC
Upgrade Deadline TBC
Final Iteration of Offers TBC
Paperwork Deadline TBC

SJT Assessment / Selection Centre Attendance

It is the responsibility of individual applicants to ensure that leave is booked appropriately and sufficient notice is provided to Training Units.

Post Descriptions

2019 Post descriptions for each region can be found by clicking on the links below: