Dental Nursing

Dental Nursing

This is a competency-based course recognising your ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a dental nurse.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Care and Education
  • Qualification Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 104 weeks
  • Start Date Please see below
  • End Date Please see below
  • Day Variable
  • Times Variable
  • Fee £1795.00 *Advanced Learner Loan is available
  • Reduced Fee None
  • Course Code G3PDENT0/9/1

This is a competency-based course recognising your ability to gain a good knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a dental nurse. To enable you to perform various tasks and procedures in your workplace or dental setting.

You will be observed on a regular basis in your setting which completes the practical side of the portfolio, the theory aspects are covered by tutorials, assignments and professional discussions.

There are four mandatory exam units to the qualification, these are multiple choice online exams which are booked and sat here at the College. (Please note learners get two attempts per exam included in the fee).

Dates are as follows:

Variable 16-Sep-19 13-Sep-21 Variable Hele Road Centre
Variable 13-Jan-20 10-Jan-22 Variable Hele Road Centre
Variable 14-Apr-20 12-Apr-22 Variable Hele Road Centre


*This course is eligable for an Advanced Learner Loan. Click here for further information.

To find out more:
Telephone: 01392 400170

What topics will I study?

You will undertake 15 mandatory unit’s examples of which are listed below:

  • First aid
  • Roles and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • Radiography
  • Health and safety
  • Prepare and maintain the clinical environment
  • Provide chairside support for non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Principles of infection control
  • Provide information and support to patients on their oral health
  • Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.

Next steps: 

You can take further courses in Dental radiography, Dental nursing sedation, and Oral health. These courses aren’t currently available through the college. You can also apply to universities to become a dentist or hygienist should you wish to do so.

Entry Requirements

Firstly, you must be working in a dental or hospital setting and have completed a DBS/CRB check for your employer. To be a dental nurse you will need to have some vaccinations including Hep B, this is a mandatory requirement, and your employers should help you with this.

You will need excellent communication and organisation skills and be motivated to learn.

At college interview you will meet your tutor, assessor and complete a skills scan.

A GCSE grade C is desirable in Maths and English.


You will have full use of the LRC at the College and access to computers and resources when needed.

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase a text book – approximately £30.

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