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Course summary

Our course in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy gives you all the skills you need to become a professional dental hygienist and therapist. The course integrates clinical practice with science and personal development. You’ll graduate from Leeds as a highly qualified, well-equipped professional ready to register with the General Dental Council. You can also take on careers in research, regulation and education. You’ll engage in clinical learning from an early stage so that you can apply your academic theoretical knowledge to the clinical environment. Your time on the course will develop your clinical reasoning, communication, leadership skills, clinical operative skills and your ability to work as part of a dental team. Clinical skills are gained through simulated clinical phantom head and digital haptic technology, followed by clinical experience on real patients in a range of environments. You will learn about the professional and ethical practice of dentistry.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Dental Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not presently open to International Students due to restrictions in clinical training placements.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

All successful applicants will also need to pass health and disclosure and barring screening. The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). To ensure a safe and professional environment for patients, you’ll also need to meet other requirements, including screening for communicable diseases.

Health checks

It is a Department of Health requirement that all healthcare workers who come into contact with patients should not be infectious carriers of Hepatitis B, C or HIV viruses and should accept vaccination against Hepatitis B. We advise all candidates to seek vaccination with their medical practitioner against Hepatitis B viruses before starting the course because they will have early contact with patients. The School will organise an immunisation schedule for students who have not already completed a successful course of vaccination before enrolment. Applicants who have been immunised by their medical practitioner will be required to provide documentary proof of immunisation on registration. Simple blood tests will be required to confirm that students are not a carrier of the Hepatitis B or C viruses.


The School will be holding interviews between the 7-13th of February 2019. We cannot offer other dates outside this period. If you’re unable to attend your allocated MMI, we may be able to change your appointment to another day or time during the interview period, but this is not guaranteed. We interview through MMI, instead of traditional panel interviews. In MMI you move around a series of interview stations. At each station, you undertake a task or answer a few short questions, for which you are scored. The scores at each station are independent of the other scores. Afterwards your scores are computed to give us your overall score and ranking. The MMIs help us to assess your attitudes, communication skills, empathy, analytic skills and ethical reasoning, attributes that are in accordance with the NHS Constitution values-based recruitment. Some stations are held in clinics, so you also see our working environment. Most applicants tell us they find the MMI a positive experience.

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Fees and funding

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