University of Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Dental Therapy and Hygiene

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Course summary

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This exciting programme is innovative and patient-centred and takes place in a supportive and research rich environment. You’ll mix with both dental and dental nursing students and learn within a variety of dental teaching clinics. You'll work within our state-of-the-art facilities, receiving the highest level of core skills and knowledge. You'll become skilled at communicating with patients and colleagues, preparing you for your future role as a healthcare professional. You will benefit from a course mapped against the General Dental Council's 'Preparing for Practice'. You'll be well prepared to approach clinical problems holistically, appreciating personal social dimensions as well as the biomedical basis of oral diseases. You will be supervised by a team of consultants in clinical dentistry in each of our dental education facilities. You’ll also benefit from the strong partnerships within the University and NHS. Additional Information about this Course:

  • This course is subject to approval of the General Dental Council.
  • Benefit from a programme mapped against the General Dental Council's 'Preparing for Practice'.
  • Prepare for your future role as a healthcare professional.
  • Opportunities to work with dental undergraduates and dental nursing students to enhance the dental team philosophy.
  • Become skilled at communicating with patients and colleagues.
  • You'll be well prepared to approach clinical problems holistically, appreciating personal social dimensions as well as the biomedical basis of oral diseases.
  • Your clinical supervision is underpinned by a team of consultants in clinical dentistry in each of our Dental Education Facilities.
  • Extensive e-learning, library and other facilities which include videos, CDs, DVDs, books, publications, access to electronic journals and facilities for telematic conferencing.
  • Engage directly with participants and service users in a unique and meaningful way with the Community Engagement Team.
  • Benefit from the state of the art facilities provided by established Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE), a Community Interest Company (CIC).
  • Strong partnerships within the University and NHS.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you'll explore the scientific basis of normal structure, function and behaviour, focusing on dental health, prevention of dental disease and the underlying principles of personal and professional development. You'll be introduced to the clinic and the Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE) at an early stage, and gain insight into the importance of team working in dentistry as you integrate with other members of the team and work in small study groups. In your second year, you'll build on the foundations you've put in place so far - you'll consider common dental problems, as well as disease mechanisms, in much greater depth. You'll develop your clinical skills further and apply what you have learnt to the realities of dental practice. Your final year is devoted to furthering your clinical experience and is the final preparation for dental practice. You'll become much more confident with clinical situations, healthcare teams and the principles of practice both in the NHS and in private practice. You’ll plan multidisciplinary case presentations, designed to demonstrate that you’re capable and confident in the planning and delivery of all procedures necessary to provide optimal oral healthcare for patients. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


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 P60
Campus namePlymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry
Campus code8

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level ABB The typical offer is GCE A level grades ABB which must include Biology
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Subject must have high level biology content
Access to HE Diploma 45 level 3 credits, 33 of these at Merit or Distinction including 15 in Biology or Human Biology
Scottish Higher ABB The typical offer is grades ABB which must include Biology
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 30 points Biology at the Higher Level grade 5

The entry requirements above apply to you if you completed your GCE A levels, or equivalent qualifications, within five years of the start of the application cycle. Applications will also be considered from applicants offering a nationally recognised dental nursing qualification level 3 (or equivalent) plus 2 further A levels grades BB one of which must be Biology. General Studies is not included as part of any offer. Applicants applying with overseas qualifications should contact the Admissions Team at [email protected] prior to submitting an application through UCAS A minimum of six GCSEs at grades A-C/9-4 including: Chemistry and Biology or higher tier dual award Science; English Language or Literature; Mathematics

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

* Please note fees are subject to change - for all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. ** International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. *** ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Dental Therapy and Hygiene at University of Plymouth - UCAS