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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The work of the dental nurse complements the role of other dental professionals. One of the primary roles is to provide chair-side support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care.

Dental nurses may work in a variety of clinical environments and this apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and the duties of a dental nurse’s role. It provides the apprentice with the relevant qualification to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) for professional registration as a dental nurse.

Dental nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the GDC Scope of Practice document (Sept 2013).

Entry requirements

None

Course Content

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Dental and regional anatomy
  • Respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Materials, equipment and resources
  • Medical emergencies
  • Legislative compliance and regulatory requirements
  • The Dental Team and GDC guidelines
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • Health promotion
  • Clinical skills
  • Patient care
  • Patient management
  • Professionalism
  • Management skills

How will I be assessed?

The focus of the final assessment is on the apprentice being able to prove their competence in the role of a dental nurse. This entails demonstrating sufficiency of skills, knowledge and behaviours derived from the competencies set out in the standard. The final assessment will begin around three months before the end of the apprenticeship.

The final assessment forms 100% of the assessment of achievement of the apprenticeship standard. The components of the final assessment and the assessment tools being used in this apprenticeship all require the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours in an integrated manner to deliver the learning outcomes required to meet the standard. The final assessments will be synoptic in their design, sampling a sufficiency of skills and knowledge across the training programme and apprenticeship standard.

The final assessment will contain two components: Synoptic Project and Interview.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer will need to provide you with any PPE required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.

What can I do after this course?

Other qualifications within this area are Dental Hygiene Therapist, Laboratory Assistant and Practice Manager.

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Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.


For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.


These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.

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