What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
This advanced apprenticeship has been designed specifically for those work as Dental Nurses in a clinical dental setting. This framework has been designed to provide an occupational competence for a senior support position in the dental sector and the practical skills and knowledge required in a range of jobs in the sector. The framework includes:
What topics will I study?
What experiences will I get?
You will be employed in the sector as a dental nurse and will be gaining on the job knowledge and experience.
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a restaurant and coffee shop on the Hele Road Campus.
What can the course lead on to?
You will be able to provide chair-side support to the dental team and support to the patient. Once trained Dental Nurses can progress into other career pathways such as: Dental Therapists and Hygienists, Oral Health Promotion, Dental Practice Management or related healthcare roles, such as Nursing and Radiography.
Are there any additional costs?
You will be required to wear a uniform as part of your job role and there may be resources that you will be required to purchase.
What support can I get?
You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.
What will this training cost me?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.
CLICK HERE to view the Apprenticeship Journey booklet.