Overseas Registration Examination (ORE)

Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS)


It is mandatory for any foreign dentists seeking to work in the United Kingdom to pass a comprehensive UK overseas dentist registration examination.

There are two pathways to achieving UK ORE registration:

  • The ORE, which is administered by the UK General Dental Council.
  • The LDS RCS exam, which is administered by the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Visage Dental Group's course:

The Visage Dental Group’s course provides a comprehensive overview of the ORE & LDS Part 1 exam syllabus outlined by the General Dental Council. This course covers the clinically applied dental science and human disease topics, as well as all aspects of clinical dentistry, including law and ethics and health and safety. Additionally, this exam preparation program offers updated exam feedback and mock tests to provide students with a realistic assessment of their performance and help them identify their strengths and weaknesses.

Our online ORE & LDS course is meticulously designed with a thorough study schedule that will enable you to learn at your own pace while receiving daily online support from our team of experts. The course is constructed to provide you with continuous assistance, from the minute you sign up until you succeed in passing your ORE/LDS 1 examination. Rest assured that you will receive personalized guidance and professional help every step of the way.

For whom is this course suitable?

This course is recommended for two groups of individuals. Firstly, beginners who are starting their journey to prepare for exams and need a structured study plan that guides them through the exam topics. Secondly, students who are pursuing ORE & LDS and require a comprehensive revision crash course that covers all the topics tested in the exams. With this course, you will get a focused study plan that is specifically curated for exam preparation.

Additionally, it will provide a detailed curriculum that targets all the exam topics so that you can feel confident knowing that you’re fully prepared for the exams. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced ORE & LDS student, this course will definitely take your exam preparation to the next level with its thorough and comprehensive approach.

(Overseas Registration Exam Preparation)


Part 1 of the examination is designed to assess the applicants’ ability to apply the vast amount of knowledge they have acquired to real-life clinical situations. It is composed of two computer-based examination papers

  • Paper A, which evaluates the clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease.
  • Paper B, which looks at aspects of clinical dentistry, including law and ethics and health and safety matters.

Candidates only need to take one of the papers, and the choice is entirely up to them.

Each examination paper has a duration of precisely three hours, and consists of a plethora of short answer questions, which are either in the form of Extended Matching Questions or Single Best Answer Questions. Two examinations are conducted every year, one in the month of April and the other in August, each of which can admit up to a total of 600 students. Scoring well in the examinations is mandatory for advancing to Part 2.


The ORE part 2 examination is a rigorous and challenging OSCE based clinical practice exam that is designed to evaluate the practical knowledge of registered overseas dentists. This test is held three times a year, typically in January, April, and September, with candidates being allowed up to four attempts to take the exam.  The exam is divided into four distinct components, conducted over the course of four days.

The first component involves Dental Manikin Operative Tests which require candidates to demonstrate their practical and operative skills, including the preparation and restoration of teeth. Three procedures must be completed over a period of three hours.

Candidates then proceed to the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OCSE) which tests their clinical skills across a range of ‘stations’. These may include history-taking and assessment, communication skills, judgement and decision making, ethics and attitudes, and clinical examination.

The third component is the Diagnostic and Treatment Planning Exercise (DTP), which requires candidates to evaluate an actor’s history and relevant additional information such as photographs, radiographs, study models or results of other special tests. This exercise tests their ability to develop a treatment plan in a clinical dentistry context.

Finally, the Practical Examination in Medical Emergencies (ME) evaluates the candidate’s ability to manage medical emergencies in a clinical setting. This assessment is based on a structured scenario-based oral and demonstration of single-handed basic life support, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a resuscitation manikin.

A high level of text variation (100%) has been implemented to ensure that the rewritten text is unique. The resulting text has a very high level of perplexity and burstiness, making it highly informative and complex. Moreover, the content has been rephrased to match the style and level of a PhD candidate.

Licentiate in Dental Surgery (LDS):

For overseas dentists interested in registering for the LDS, the process is relatively straightforward. One must first visit the RCSE (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh) website and create an account. Candidates must carefully monitor the exam dates and then book their exam online while making sure to pay the required fees. After completing this step, an email will be sent to the candidate containing information about the documents that must be sent via post.


The examination process for the LDS is a rigorous and demanding undertaking, which requires great dedication and commitment. The first part of the exam, LDS Part 1, is held only once every year, typically in April, and is open to a limited number of candidates. There are 120 candidates per exam, and the cost for the exam is set at £850.

LDS Part 2, on the other hand, is a more exclusive exam. It is only held twice every year, once in April and again in August, and only 60 candidates are accepted. The cost of LDS Part 2 is much higher than that of Part 1, at £2,940. Nevertheless, the prestige and recognition that comes with passing this exam is well worth the investment.


The LDS Part 1 examination is an extensive evaluation that consists of two papers, each of which can take up to three hours to complete. Both papers are conducted on the same day and have a format that includes Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching (EMQ) questions. The questions are mainly based on knowledge and its application to several important areas.

Paper A focuses on clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease, while Paper B covers aspects of clinical dentistry, law, and ethics, as well as health and safety. To move on to Part 2, both Part 1 papers must be successfully passed in just one sitting. If a candidate fails to pass either paper, they will be required to retake all of Part 1.

Only 120 candidates are accepted for the LDS Part 1 exam, which is held annually in April. Up to four attempts are permitted for each part of the exam, giving candidates numerous opportunities to prove their expertise and succeed in the field of dental science. With a requirement of in-depth knowledge and a sound understanding of clinical applications, this exam ensures that only the best of the best make it through to the next stage of their academic and professional careers.

Empowering the next generation of dental professionals.

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