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Level: 3

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Weeks: 78


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Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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


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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* 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.

Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing. But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career. Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals. A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital. And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia. Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.

It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'

It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.

I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.

It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.


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