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Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship at Eastleigh College

Course description

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Dental Nursing) is specifically for those who are seeking a career in Dental Nursing. Dental Nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or community dental services.

The role of a Dental Nurse is regulated by the General Dental Council, and achievement of the Dental Nursing qualification within the Advanced Apprenticeship enables registration with this Council.

You will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and a Level 3 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health. Unless exempt on entry, you will also achieve Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications in English and maths.

You will learn through a combination of on- and off-the-job training. You will attend college on a day release basis during term time and spend the rest of your time earning and learning in the workplace.

Course content

The Apprenticeship includes units relating to the following:

  • first aid essentials
  • reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting
  • the role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • preparing and maintaining environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • providing chairside support for a wide range of dental procedures
  • contributing to the production of dental images
  • providing information and support to patients on the protection of their oral health
  • assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • management of oral health diseases and dental procedures
  • dental radiography.


Entry requirements

  • Entry is subject to interview and assessment.
  • You will need to have relevant employment.

In addition, you need to have

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or higher, including English and Maths
  • or have relevant experience and be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to, or exceeding Level 1 in English and maths.

Please note: As dental nursing typically includes work involving children, young people or vulnerable adults, dental nursing employers normally require applicants to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.


You will be assessed on a continuous basis through a combination of knowledge and practical assessment activities, including assessment of activities in the workplace.

Your progress will be continuously monitored and supported by an Apprenticeship Achievement Officer.

Future opportunities

There is a range of post-registration courses available to Dental Nurses looking to progress in their career. These include

  • further education qualifications
  • a range of higher education qualifications
  • or other work-related education and training to support Continuing Professional Development.

Dental Nurses may also progress to other roles such as Hygiene Therapist or Practice Manager



Further information

Apprenticeships are open to candidates of all ages above 16 years.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 March 2016

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