Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Dental Nurse Practice

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Course summary

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Summary: This course is ideal if you are looking to pursue a career in dental nursing. You study the foundations of dental care and learn and develop practical skills specific to your profession. The course is perfect if you want to gain an academic qualification while providing support to the dental team and reassurance to patients in our student dental facility and on dental practice placement. Course details: The role of a dental nurse includes: providing reassurance and support to patients, preparing and maintaining the clinical environment, providing a high standard of cross-infection control, assisting with taking and processing dental radiographs, preparing instruments, materials, medicaments and equipment, recording assessments spoken by the dental team, and assisting the dental team throughout all aspects of dentistry. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their dental nurse. So to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitutional: working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts. Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends. After the course: Opportunities are available for employment within NHS and private dental practices, hospitals and in the community. Once qualified you can work in the UK and overseas as a dental nurse. Successful completion gives you the opportunity to further your career if you wish and progress to study the BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy and various other career opportunities.

Course details

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment method

You spend 50% of the course gaining clinical skills, initially in the phantom head skills laboratory. After an intense two week induction and successfully passing a clinical assessment you will acquire your clinical skills within a dental practice placement. There is a diverse range of learning and teaching methods used during the course which includes lectures, seminars, e-learning, case studies and assignments. You are supported and given constructive feedback by personal tutors to ensure your learning experience is enjoyable. Assessments vary and reflect the learning outcomes of the different modules. Emphasis is placed on practical skills and you are assessed through methods including oral and practical examinations and written assignments.

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 codeB751
Institution code T20
Campus nameTeesside University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 - 48 points
A level 32-48 UCAS tariff points from 1 A level or equivalent. Plus GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, maths and science. Successful interview, satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references and completed work based risk assessment required. Must demonstrate evidence of study within the last 5 years.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 48 UCAS tariff points in a science, health or dental related subject. Grade PPP.
Access to HE Diploma Pass QAA recognised Access course preferably in a science subject, including a biology module with a minimum of 48 points. Health and social care subject is acceptable if it includes a biology module. Communication and mathematics modules at level 2 are acceptable in place of GCSE grade C in English Language and maths. Successful interview, satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references and completed work based risk assessment required. Must demonstrate evidence of study within the last 5 years.
Scottish Higher 42 points from 2 Highers or equivalent. Plus 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or Standards 1 or 2, intermediate 2) (or equivalent) including English Language, maths and science. Successful interview, satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references and completed work based risk assessment required. Must demonstrate evidence of study within the last 5 years.
Scottish Advanced Higher 42 points from 1 Advanced Higher or equivalent. Plus GCSEs at grade C or above (or Standard 1 or 2, intermediate 2) (or equivalent) including English Language, maths and science. Successful interview, satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references and completed work based risk assessment required. Must demonstrate evidence of study within the last 5 years.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 32 UCAS tariff points from 2 or 3 Irish highers/honours subjects.

32-48 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent), plus GCSE English Language and maths at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent and GCSE science at grade C or above or equivalent. Successful interview, satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and references and completed work based risk assessment required. Must demonstrate evidence of study within the last 5 years.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Interview


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6150 Year 1
England £6150 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6150 Year 1
Scotland £6150 Year 1
Wales £6150 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Dental Nurse Practice at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS