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Apprenticeships - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing at Wakefield College

Course description

An essential course for anyone wishing to qualify and work as a dental nurse within general practice, hospitals or community dental services.

Course content

What you will study

  • Cross Infection
  • Anatomy
  • Radiography
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Orthodontics
  • Restoration
  • Legislation
  • First Aid
  • Health & Safety

Maths and English are key elements of apprenticeship programmes and if you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels.

Skills in Maths and English will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C.  This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Your Course Structure

A percentage of your course will be classroom based and a higher percentage will be workplace delivery with your allocated assessor.

How you will learn

Underpinning knowledge will be acquired by attending taught sessions in the classroom and your assessor will offer support as you gain practical experience in the workplace.

Entry requirements

Must be employed as a trainee dental nurse and have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4).


When you start the course you will be allocated an assessor who will carry out regular visits to your practice to observe you during surgery hours. Your assessor will also guide and support you in compiling your portfolio of evidence that you are reaching the required standards.

Financial information

There are no costs to students aged between 16 and 18.

Future opportunities

Further study

Wakefield College offers various courses which can be used as Continuing Professional Development for dental care professionals. Please visit our Services to Business website at for a full list of training courses or telephone them on the number given below.


Career opportunities

There are many opportunities for qualified dental nurses within general practice, hospitals and community dental services. You may wish to progress towards becoming a dental practice manager, or move into a specialist area such as oral hygiene or orthodontic therapy.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 27 September 2017
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