GDC triples number of places for Part 1 of Overseas Registration Exam
The General Dental Council (GDC) has tripled the number places of Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) Part 1 in response to demand.
The ORE must be passed by all dentists who qualify outside the UK or the EU and who want to join the GDC register to practise in the UK.
There will be 600 places available for the August 2023 sitting of the ORE Part 1, instead of the usual 200. The GDC currently has around 1,500 candidates to sit Part 1, and the additional capacity announced today will provide for 1,800 places over three sittings.
The GDC has been working with partners to increase the number of ORE places available to candidates and will maintain these numbers for future sittings in 2024.
Booking will open to candidates on 15 June and remain open until all places are filled. The GDC anticipates a high level of demand for places and is encouraging candidates to secure a place as soon as possible if they are in a position to sit the exam.
The boost in candidate numbers will mean a slightly longer timeframe to complete the quality assurance process on exam results, increasing from the current 20 working days for 200 candidates to 30 working days for 600 candidates.
Gurvinder Soomal, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are pleased to have secured these additional places for the part 1 ORE exam and we’ve let candidates know about the increase in availability. We’ve worked with our partners at King’s College London to secure this extra capacity and it’s positive that more candidates can now secure their place on Part 1 of the ORE.”