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Dental Nurse Integrated Apprenticeship – Level 3

This apprenticeship equips you to support all dental professionals and ensure high standards of cleanliness and infection control. Dental nurses prepare instruments, materials and medicaments for dental procedures, mix materials, sterilise instruments, keep records, note dictation, carry out stock control and ensure patient comfort and safety throughout their visit.

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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?: N
Weeks: 78
Start: Flexible

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Course Information for Students

The apprenticeship is aimed at anyone interested in becoming a dental nurse. 


You will need a high level of GCSE Maths and English at grades C/5 or above. This is a nursing qualification and requires the higher academic profile.

You should be working in a dental surgery as a dental nurse: if not, we can support you to find an employer.

You also need: 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent customer service skills – including empathy for the clients
  • Excellent time management 
  • A commitment to pursuing a career as a dental nurse

The apprenticeship covers all the aspects of being a dental nurse, for example:

  • Preparing and maintaining the clinical environment
  • Carrying out infection control preventive procedures 
  • Preparing, mixing and handling materials 
  • Keeping accurate and up-to-date patient records
  • Recognising and dealing with dental emergencies 
  • Taking responsibility for your own personal development in line with GDC requirements

You will study on Microsoft Teams via Class until October, then continue with face-to-face sessions at the Roundhouse, Derby.

You will also receive:

  • One-to-one support from your assessor 
  • Support and practical training at work 


You need a laptop. 

  • Observation
  • Products of work
  • Questioning 
  • Professional discussion
  • Exams and End Point Assessment 

You could advance your qualifications to Level 4.

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

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 17, 2023 9:25 am