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University of Portsmouth

Dental Nursing

UCAS Code: B751

Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE

Entry requirements


72 Tariff points to include 2 A levels, with a pure Science subject at grade C. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

74 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science- must have pure Science element).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 38, to include a Principal Subject in Science at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

4 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a pure Science subject.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3

To include a Higher Level in a pure Science subject at H3.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DM

Must be in a Science subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include at Science subject at M.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Must be in a Science subject.

72 Tariff points to include 2 Advanced Highers, to include a pure Science subject at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

72

72 points to include 2 A levels or equivalent, with 32 points in a pure Science subject. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

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Attend an interview

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Dental nursing

**Overview**
Dental nurses support dentists in all aspects of patient treatment and care. On this 1-year CertHE Dental Nursing course, you’ll get the knowledge and practical skills required to achieve safe beginner status, become a vital member of the dental team and register with the General Dental Council (GDC).

By completing this course, you’ll be set to take on careers across the dental industry. You could work at a general dental practice, a hospital, with the community dental service or in the armed forces or continue your studies at diploma or degree level.

**Professional accreditations**
This course is accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC).

**What you'll experience**
On this course, you'll:
- Build your team-working skills by studying alongside dental hygiene, dental therapy and undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students

- Use some of the best facilities for dental students in the country, with treatment bays and simulation technology that includes our Phantom Head skill lab, a full radiography suite and an electronic patient records system

- Develop knowledge in a range of dental restorative and preventative procedures as well as the professional skills and behaviours that you need as a dental nurse

- Complete a programme of statutory and mandatory training as part of our commitment to the NHS, including the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, body systems, and understanding health, safety and infection control

**Careers and opportunities**
What can you do with a Dental Nursing CertHE?
As a registered dental nurse, you’ll be qualified to take on roles in any sector of the dental industry, including:
- general dental practice (NHS or private)

- corporate dental practice

- hospital dental services

- armed forces

- specialists dental practice

- health promotion

**What jobs can you do with a Dental Nursing CertHE?**
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- dental nurse

- practice manager

- practice owner

After the course, you could also apply to study on our Diploma in Advance Dental Nursing, BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing, BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree or another post-registration course.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job at the end of the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Core Skills Training Framework
- Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
- Foundations of Dental Nursing Professional Practice
- Fundamentals of Dental Nursing Practice
- Science Informing Practice

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through examinations and coursework, and your clinical development and competency is assessed via an electronic software platform (LIFTUP). You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:
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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.

96%
high
Dental nursing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Dental nursing

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

84%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Nursing

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.

£21,000
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

74%
Health associate professionals
26%
Health professionals

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