This dual role BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course will be accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). The course will provide students with the theoretical and practical skills required to register as both a dental hygienist and dental therapist with the GDC. Both dental hygienists and dental therapists provide oral care that helps patients maintain a healthy mouth, gums and teeth. The treatments and procedures they carry out – such as scaling and polishing, and taking dental X-rays – are designed to support good oral health and prevent dental problems before they develop. In addition to this, dental therapists are also trained to do some of the same work as dentists, including fillings, and extracting and placing preformed crowns on 'baby' teeth. Dental therapists can provide any dental work that doesn't require treatment to the nerve of a tooth while working with adult patients, which makes them an essential support to dentists and a versatile and multi-skilled member of a dental team. On completion of the programme you will: Become eligible to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) when you graduate, which you'll need to work as a dental hygienist and/or therapist in the UK. Practise your skills in our Centre of Dental Development, with dental treatment bays and simulation technology, including our Phantom Head skills lab and radiography equipment. Work in a dental team alongside practising dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment. Have the chance to work with the public through community healthcare projects, providing additional patient-focused work experience.
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Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- General Dental Council
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please note, Dental Nursing Qualifications, including National Certificate or Diploma in Dental Nursing do not count as a Science subject however, the tariff points could be counted alongside other suitable level 3 qualifications.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
English language requirements
|IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.
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Fees and funding
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