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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
- general dental practice
- hospital dental services
- the Armed Forces
- the NHS
- health promotion
- owning and managing a dental business of your own
- dental hygienist and therapist
- oral health educator
- practice manager
- practice owner
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
- 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
- Behaviour Management
- Core Skills Training Framework Repeat
- Enhancing Dental Hygiene & Therapy Professional Practice
- Leading Safe and Effective Care
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.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- General Dental Council
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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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.
|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.
Applicants must pass Occupational Health check before starting the course. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.|
|PTE Academic||68||An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100||100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.|
|Trinity ISE||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£25400||Year 1|