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Apprenticeship – Dental Nurse – Level 3

This apprenticeship equips you to work as a dental nurse, a role which complements that of other dental professionals. One of the primary duties is to provide chair-side support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Health
Location: Workplace
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 78
Start: Flexible

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Course Information for Students

This apprenticeship leads to a mandatory qualification for anyone who wants to pursue a career as a dental nurse. 

You need GCSEs at grade 4/C or above. 

You should already be working in a dentist environment, but we can help with this. 

Examples of what you will cover include:

  • Communication skills
  • Customer service
  • How to carry out infection control procedures
  • How to support the dentist
  • How to give good advice on oral health to the customer
  • Recognise and deal with emergencies

There is classroom delivery in College to support your on-the-job training. 

You need a laptop. 

  • Observations
  • Exams
  • Underpinning knowledge questions
  • Professional discussions
  • Products of work
  • End Point Assessment

You could consider taking your next step towards a career in management, teaching, assessing or GDC registration.  You could also take your qualifications to the next level with a university degree. 


For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

You do not pay for the apprenticeship but the employer will need to make a 5% contribution. 

Course Information for Employers

This is a Level 3 Dental Nursing apprenticeship.

The apprentice will need GCSEs at grade 4/C or above.  They should be already working in a dentist environment but we can help you find the right person for the role. 

  • Support and training for the apprentice
  • Paid time to attend College or complete work 
  • Reviews to be completed in a timely fashion
  • Support going through the apprenticeship gateway to the End Point Assessment 
  • A caring attitude
  • Empathy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Customer service skills 
  • Good time management 

Level 3 mandatory Dental Nursing qualification 

  • Observations
  • Exams
  • Underpinning knowledge questions
  • Professional discussions
  • Products of work 
  • End Point Assessment 

Yes – one day a week 


They could advance to management positions.

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You may already have someone in your organisation or someone who has come to you direct asking for an apprenticeship. However, if you don’t, we have a free recruitment service to help you hire the best candidate for your organisation from our talent pool and can arrange external advertising through social media and the National Apprenticeship Service’s website.

If you are an employer and you would like to know more, please email or call 01332 387421

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2023 11:41 am