University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Dental Nursing

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Course summary

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Overview Dental nurses support dentists in all aspects of patient treatment and care. On this 1-year CertHE Dental Nursing course, you’ll get the knowledge and practical skills required to achieve safe beginner status, become a vital member of the dental team and register with the General Dental Council (GDC). By completing this course, you’ll be set to take on careers across the dental industry. You could work at a general dental practice, a hospital, with the community dental service or in the armed forces or continue your studies at diploma or degree level. Professional accreditations This course is accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Build your team-working skills by studying alongside dental hygiene, dental therapy and undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students
  • Use some of the best facilities for dental students in the country, with treatment bays and simulation technology that includes our Phantom Head skill lab, a full radiography suite and an electronic patient records system
  • Develop knowledge in a range of dental restorative and preventative procedures as well as the professional skills and behaviours that you need as a dental nurse
  • Complete a programme of statutory and mandatory training as part of our commitment to the NHS, including the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, body systems, and understanding health, safety and infection control
Careers and opportunities What can you do with a Dental Nursing CertHE? As a registered dental nurse, you’ll be qualified to take on roles in any sector of the dental industry, including:
  • general dental practice (NHS or private)
  • corporate dental practice
  • hospital dental services
  • armed forces
  • specialists dental practice
  • health promotion
What jobs can you do with a Dental Nursing CertHE? Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • dental nurse
  • practice manager
  • practice owner
After the course, you could also apply to study on our Diploma in Advance Dental Nursing, BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing, BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree or another post-registration course. Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job at the end of the course. 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 Dental Nursing Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Dental Nursing Practice
  • Science Informing Practice
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 examinations and coursework, and your clinical development and competency is assessed via an electronic software platform (LIFTUP). 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 codeB751
Institution code P80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points 72 points to include 2 A levels or equivalent, with 32 points in a pure Science subject. All shortlisted applicants are subject to 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 72 Tariff points to include 2 A levels, with a pure Science subject at grade C. 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) MMP Must be in a Science subject.
Access to HE Diploma 74 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science- must have pure Science element).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Must be in a Science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include at Science subject at M.
Scottish Advanced Higher 72 Tariff points to include 2 Advanced Highers, to include a pure Science subject at grade D.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points 26 points from the IB Diploma, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a pure Science subject.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, 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 38, to include a Principal Subject in Science at M3.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/4 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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/Islands 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) 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 Nursing at University of Portsmouth - UCAS