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Dental Technology Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a two year full time course

About the course

Dental Technology is the theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of oral and facial rehabilitation appliances and prostheses, their fabrication and function. This course leads to a recognised General Dental Council approved qualification. If you are successful you will be able to register with the G.D.C. and carry out the profession of Dental Technician. 

The course leads directly to employment and is the basic qualification required for employment in Dental Technology. The course is taught by experienced, qualified and G.D.C. Registered Dental Technology Tutors in a fully equipped dental technology laboratory.

Students study the principles and practical techniques of making appliances in the three primary areas of:-

  • prosthetics – full and partial dentures
  • orthodontics – straightening and repositioning teeth, using braces
  • fixed prosthodontics – restoration of natural teeth, using crowns and bridge work.

In addition you will study associated areas of dental anatomy, dental biomaterial science, dental radiography, first aid, law and ethics.

In year 1 you will study two full days per week in college. Year 2 consists of two full days in college and two days work placement throughout the year.

The college will normally arrange suitable work placements with dental laboratories in the surrounding area. You can arrange your own work placement but the college will need to visit and approve the laboratory providing the placement.

Will this course suit me?

This course will suit students who have good hand skills, an eye for detail and enjoy practical craft type activities including art and design.

Qualification Title

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology

This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.

 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Double Science plus English Language and Maths

 

Assessment

The course is assessed entirely by coursework therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
 

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Most students will go straight into employment as dental technicians.
Dental technology is a recognised area of shortage with less than 5,000 technicians currently on the G.D.C register. In the past the majority of students successfully completing the course have secured employment in the profession, usually at the laboratory where they undertook their work placement.
Students with good grades can apply to university to study dental therapy, dental technology or other related subjects at degree/HND level.

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: CFNDT1

Venues

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    • Welcome to City Campus

       

      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.


      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.


      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.

      Accessibility

      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.