Dental Nursing at University of Northampton - UCAS

Course summary

Ranked 12th in the country for general Nursing in the Best UK University Guardian League table (2024) and consistently achieving a high students’ employment rate, you can be confident that you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge when you graduate. Our Dental Nursing Foundation Degree course provides you with a wide range of academic skills and work related competencies. On completion of the award you will be able to apply for registration with the General Dental Council. The course is designed to recognise the increasing need for theory linked to practice, which is supported through applying the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team (2013) and the General Dental Council (2015) learning outcomes for Dental Nurses. You will understand the key competencies required to work safely as a registered dental nurse and on completion of the course you will be able to put these into practice confidently. Our Dental Nursing course encourages the holistic care and treatment of dental patients and supports you in expanding your knowledge so that you are prepared for a career in Dental Nursing. The course links theory to practice, supported through underpinning knowledge, work-based clinical skills, and placement options each year. You will be offered a range of work placements in environments such as general dental practices, hospitals and orthodontics, which will allow you to develop your competence in a range of skills before you register with the General Dental Council. Through studying this Foundation Degree you will be able to develop careers in areas of dental nursing including radiography, oral hygiene instruction, sedation, work-based mentoring and special care dental nursing. By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.
  • At UON we guarantee a room in our Halls of Residence for all new full-time, first year students who apply and accept their room offer by June 2024 - and we won't ask for a deposit for September 2024*.
  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop** to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (
  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.
  • Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.
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STAGE 1: • Dental Nursing Practice 1 (compulsory) • Foundations of Dental Nursing (compulsory) • Introduction to Biomedical Science and Oral Biology (compulsory) • Chairside Support (compulsory) STAGE 2: • Dental Nursing Practice 2 (compulsory) • Managing Patient Care (compulsory) • Applied Biomedical Science and Oral Biology (compulsory) • Advanced Chairside Support (compulsory) *Students take all modules. **Module information is quoted for 2023/24 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment method

There are various assessment methods, these include: viva voce; clinical simulated tests; presentations; assignments; electronic clinical portfolio.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applicants must also have a GCSE Grade C in English Language or a recognised equivalency (e.g. Level 2 Key/Functional Skills). If taken within an Access course 12 credits at level 2 or 6 credits at level 3 in English.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Dental Nursing at University of Northampton - UCAS