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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.
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
specialists dental practice
oral health promotion
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.
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.
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
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
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.
|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. 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||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.|
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.
Applicants must pass Occupational Health check before starting the course. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.
English language requirements
|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
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|