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Dental Nursing Apprenticeship level 3 (HSC1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This apprenticeship is suitable if you would like a career as a Dental Nurse. A Dental Nurse provides ‘chair-side support’ for the dental team, which includes dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and technicians.

Course content

You will study the units listed below until you reach a minimum of 49 credits. In addition to this, you must achieve a pass, merit or distinction in the synoptic test (part 1 and part 2) which covers the underpinning knowledge across units.

You will also study:

•Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet

•Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths

•Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) Units

•Contribute to health and safety in the Dental Environment

•Work within regulatory requirements in relation to the role of a dental nurse

•Reflect on and develop own practice as a dental nurse

•Prepare and maintain environments, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures

•Promote oral health for individuals

•Provide support during the assessment of individuals’ oral health

•Contribute to the production of dental images

•Provide support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease, caries and the restoration of cavities

•Provide support during the provision of fixed and removable prosthesis

•Provide support during non-surgical endodontic treatment

•Provide support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery procedures

•Principles of infection control in the dental environment

•Dental anatomy and assessment of oral health

•Principles and techniques of dental radiography

•Principles of managing oral disease and dental procedures

•Understand ethics and professionalism in dental nursing

•First Aid Essentials

Entry requirements

• Learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. You must hold a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care and five GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Grade 4/C or above • It is desirable that you have English and maths at grade C or above but this is not essential as Functional Skills is delivered as part of the apprenticeship programme. • You need to be employed within dental surgery or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice. • As your programme may involve working with children, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.


You will be assessed using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in college and in your place of work.

Financial information

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Future opportunities

Upon completion you could progress onto further study relating to your job role or apply for job roles including: • Dental hygienist / Dental technician • Practice management

Further information

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: 01226 216 123


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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: 02 October 2017
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