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Dental Hygiene

Entry requirements


112 UCAS tariff points from 2 or 3 A levels.

112 UCAS tariff points from a QAA recognised Access course, in a science or health subject. We can accept communication and mathematics modules at level 2 in place of GCSE grade C English Language and mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language and maths. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and maths GCSE.

Minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points from 4 or 5 Irish highers/honours subjects, including a science or social science.

112 UCAS tariff points (DMM), preferably in a science or health subject.

Minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including a science or social science subject.

Minimum of 117 UCAS tariff points from 4 or 5 Highers, including a science or social science subject.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Dentistry

**NOTE: As from 27 January 2022 this course has no vacancies for September 2022**

**Course overview**: As a dental hygienist you will be proactive in the prevention and maintenance of periodontal disease and improving ‘smiles’. The course blends equal theoretical and practical learning within the on campus phantom head skills lab and the Student Dental Facility.

Our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene course is designed to ensure you meet the standards and skills necessary to enable you to register with the General Dental Council and hold the title of dental hygienist.

A dental hygienist is a rewarding career where your skills to deliver current oral health promotion, periodontal and preventive treatment to a wide range of patients makes a difference. As a competent, accountable, problem-solving and evidence-based practitioner, you need excellent manual dexterity and communication skills to meet the high expectations and demands of the modern dental practice. You need to be able to effectively communicate with the public and other healthcare providers at all levels. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their dental hygienist and therefore to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution.

**Work placement**: After developing periodontal instrumentation skills within the phantom head skills lab you progress to your professional placement in the Student Dental Facility to treat your own patients under close supervision. This is the core of your practice experience. You also undertake oral health promotion placements where you will develop and deliver sessions to improve oral health in a variety of community settings. In Year 2 you have a one-week radiography placement at Newcastle Dental Hospital. In Year 3 you are allocated placements within local dental practices to prepare you for employment.

**After the course**: Employment prospects are excellent; once registered, you will be eligible to work in general dental practice, private practice, hospital departments, community dental services, specialist practices, defence medical services, dental access centres and research. You may also consider postgraduate study in specialist subjects. Graduates have returned to Teesside University as lecturers, and as clinical supervisors to support students during their clinical development in the Student Dental Facility.

Modules

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Assessment methods

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Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Dentistry

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Dentistry

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Medicine and dentistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

100%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

88%
Health associate professionals
13%
Health professionals

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