University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

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Course summary

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Overview If you want to be a dental hygienist and therapist, this BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree course gives you the theory and practical skills to become a vital member of the dental team. In our Dental Academy, you’ll develop skills that allow you to complete treatments on patients, such as fillings, radiographs and impressions. You’ll study and develop your skills alongside other members of the dental team. After you complete the course, you’ll be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist and embark on a career treating patients in locations such as dental practices and in community dental services. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). This allows you to register with the GDC when you complete the course. The GDC continually assess the course to make sure it meets the standard required for accreditation, so you'll know you're getting the most relevant and up-to-date teaching available. What you'll experience On this degree course, you'll:

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and professionalism you need to provide dental care to patients and become a trusted member of the dental team
  • Study on a course that's professionally accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC), providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification
  • Practise the skills you’ll use in your career in our model clinical practice, with dental treatment bays and simulation technology including our Phantom Head skill lab and radiography equipment
  • Work in a dental team alongside dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment
  • Have the chance to take part in community healthcare projects, providing additional patient-focused work experience
Careers and opportunities What can you do with a Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree? When you complete the course you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC). You'll be qualified to work in areas such as:
  • general dental practice
  • hospital dental services
  • the Armed Forces
  • the NHS
  • health promotion
  • owning and managing a dental business of your own
What jobs can you do with a Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree? Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • dental hygienist and therapist
  • oral health educator
  • practice manager
  • practice owner
You could also continue your studies or do research at postgraduate level. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of DHDT Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene & Therapy Practice
  • Science Informing Practice
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Dental Hygiene & Therapy Professional Practice
  • Communication for the Dental Team
  • Core Skills Training Framework Repeat
  • Dental Radiography and Dental Imaging
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Behaviour Management
  • Core Skills Training Framework Repeat
  • Enhancing Dental Hygiene & Therapy Professional Practice
  • Leading Safe and Effective Care
  • Project
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through written exams, practical exams, coursework. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Dental Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeB750
Institution code P80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 128 - 136 points 128-136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 40 points from a pure Science subject. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
A level 128-136 Tariff points from 3 A levels, including a pure Science subject at grade B. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM - DDD Must be in a Science subject
Access to HE Diploma 128-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science- must have pure Science element).
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 128-136 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including a pure Science subject at grade C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 31 points 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level - 31 points from the IB Diploma. 774 at Higher Level. To include 6 points from a Higher Level in a pure Science subject. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 - H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 To include a Higher Level in a pure Science subject at H3.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 60-62, to include a Principal Subject in Science at M2.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

Health checks

Applicants must pass Occupational Health check before starting the course. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Interview

All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
PTE Academic68An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)100100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
Trinity ISETrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £25400 Year 1
Channel Islands £25400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance EU **Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the EU bursary discount.** For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU)/Islands Year in placement/industry £1,700 Year abroad of a language course £1,700. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at University of Portsmouth - UCAS