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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Weeks: 78


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Tuition (£): 2225.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Adult Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Diploma in Dental Nursing equips learners with knowledge and skills both in direct chairside work and in providing support in a range of dental treatments. You will learn about various aspects of dental nursing including:

•First aid essentials
•Providing chairside support to patients for a number of procedures
•Contributing to the production of dental images

You will learn on the job in the work environment. On successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to register with the GDC as a dental nurse.


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, you should be employed as a dental nurse and should demonstrate that you have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification successfully. You need to be aged at least 16.

Course Content

You'll cover subjects such as:

• Emergency first aid
• Preparing and maintaining environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
• Providing chairside support to patients for a number of procedures
• Management of oral health diseases.


How will I be assessed?

Some assessment will take place in the workplace and will include a portfolio of evidence to meet the competence units in the qualification. There are also four knowledge units that are assessed by individual online tests. Observations are undertaken by an appointed assessor




Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

£2,225, which can be financed by a student loan.

What can I do after this course?

This qualification can help you to progress in - or to - a number of roles such as:
• Dental hygienist
• Dental nurse
• Dental technician
• Dental therapist.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

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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