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Dental Nursing Apprenticeship at York College

Course description

Since it has become legislation that all dental care professionals are registered with the General Dental Council the necessity for a qualification in dental nursing has become law; you cannot work in a clinical environment without it. Being a qualified member of the dental team is a must for all dental care professionals.

Entry requirements

You must be in full-time work within a Dental Practice for you to be able to be assessed in the clinical environment. Additionally, applicants should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above in Maths and English (grade 4 or above).


Each unit will be tested after delivery in College. There will be 4 online tests. There is also a portfolio of evidence which apprentices are required to produce to demonstrate their competency in the role of a dental nurse.

Evidence will be collected throughout the course and can be in the forms of:

• Observation visits - these will take place in your practice when your assessor comes to check on your progress every 6-8 weeks
• Written work 
• Candidate accounts - used to cover more uncommon treatments that an assessor may never see (surgical treatments, RCT etc.)
• Witness accounts - the dentists or supervisor in the practice may be able to provide a testimony of your performance
• Simulations
• Professional discussion
• Questioning
• Work products
• Case studies, projects or assignments

Future opportunities

Many students progress onto further qualifications in oral health care including sedation, radiography, orthodontic nursing, a Foundation Degree in Dental Nursing or a Diploma in Hygiene Therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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