Advanced Diploma in 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 City & Guilds Diploma
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 52 weeks
  • Start Date 19-Sep-23
  • End Date 23-Sep-25
  • Day Tuesday
  • Times * Please see below
  • Fee Funding options available*
  • Course Code G3PDDEN0/3/A
*Financial support is available to pay for this course – click here to view Level 3 Funding – see Option B or C

This is a recognised competency-based course providing you with the ability to gain knowledge and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a dental nurse and to enable you to perform various tasks and procedures in your dental setting.

You will be assigned a personal tutor  and assessor throughout your course, and you must be working in a dental setting to apply. You will be observed on a regular basis in your setting to complete the practical side of the portfolio, the theory aspects are covered by tutorials, assignments and professional discussions, all of which are completed using our online portfolio.

There is a final exam to achieve the qualification, which is sat here at the college and upon successful completion of your portfolio you will be able to register with the General Dental Council.

You will undertake 11 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.

Career options and progression

You can progress to further courses in dental radiography, dental nursing sedation, and oral health, or to university level study.

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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