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Advanced Dental Nursing University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
If you’re looking for a course that leads to registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) and you’ve got the drive to succeed as a key member of a dental team, this 2-year Advanced Dental Nursing DipHE course is for you.

On this course, you’ll gain the essential knowledge you need to become registered with the GDC, while learning practical and professional skills in our first-rate facilities. You'll be an essential member of the dental team, with a scope of practice which allows you to increase your role in patient care.

After the course, you’ll be set to take on a variety of careers in the dental industry. You could go on to work in a clinical environment or in health promotion, management, the NHS, as well as private general and specialist dental practice.

Professional accreditations
This course is fully accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). This allows you to register as a dental nurse when you complete your first year successfully.

What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:

  • Qualify with the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Dental Nursing after your first year of study, which allows you to register with the GDC as a dental nurse before your second year

  • Learn dental nursing procedures and techniques in our Dental Academy

  • Turn your knowledge into practical skills, working as part of a team to provide dental care and oral health promotion to patients in the community

  • Use treatment bays and simulation technology, which includes our Phantom Head (manikin head) skill lab and radiography booths

  • Work alongside dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment

  • Develop additional clinical and academic skills to expand your scope of practice as a dental nurse, including radiography and impression taking

  • Produce a research proposal on a subject of your choice, related to your advanced dental nursing practice

Careers and opportunities
There are many career routes you can take after completing this course.

What can you do with an Advanced Dental Nursing DipHE?
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

  • oral health promotion 

  • sales

  • management

 
You can top up your diploma within 5 years of completion by joining the third year of our BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing course.
Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will be on hand with support and advice for 5 years after you finish your course.

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.
Year 2 core modules in this year include: Applied Dental Nursing Professional Practice, Communication for the Dental Team, Core Skills Training Framework Repeat, Dental Radiography and Dental Imaging, Engaging with Service Improvement, Evidence Based Decision Making.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through written examinations, computer examinations, presentations, coursework.
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.


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 code B754
Institution code P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points 96 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a pure Science subject. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. 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 96 Tariff points to include 2 A levels, including 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) MMM Must be in a Science based subject.
Access to HE Diploma 96 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science- must have pure Science element).
Scottish Higher 96 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, including a pure Science subject at grade D.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points 26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a pure Science subject.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H4, H4, H4, H4 To include a Higher Level Science subject at H3.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Health checks

All offers are subject to Occupational Health clearance. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Interview

All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
PTE Academic 68.0 An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 100.0 100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing
Trinity ISE Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/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 International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. 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.**

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
University House
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
PO1 2UP


Clearing contact details

University Admissions Centre - Clearing

023 9284 8000

Course Clearing information

Additional information

​​Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,


Course contact details

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University Admissions Centre

023 9284 5566