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Dental Nursing Level 3 Diploma

This qualification focuses on direct chair side work and support during a range of dental treatments and is suitable for anyone who wants to work as a dental nurse and also develop a career as a dental hygienists. A career in dental nursing will enable you to work in a practice as a valued team member learning new skills to help in the treatment of patients to maintain their oral health.

Dental care setting

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths, 


  • Working in Dental Settings Level 2
  • Health and Social Care Level 2
  • Childcare Level 2
  • Any other suitable Level 2
  • Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Other requirements

  • Punctuality. Preparation. Presentation. Performance. Pride.


  • Vaccinations.


To be successful in your course it is essential that you have good attendance and punctuality and be committed and motivated in all aspects of the course requirements. You will develop a range of employability skills and personal life skills that will enable you to work in a diverse range of job opportunities. You are expected to be professional in your attitude to the course and work placement and demonstrate skills to work as part of a team and on your own initiative.

Course content

Subject units:

  • First aid essentials
  • Reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting
  • The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • Prepare and maintain environment, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients’ oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Provide chairside support for non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chairside support for the extraction of
  • teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Provide information and support to patients on the protection of their oral health
  • Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • Dental radiography
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through:

  • Four e-volve theory multiple choice tests
  • Completed portfolio of evidence
  • Additional evidence to support practical competence may include:
    • reflective accounts,
    • assignments,
    • assessor devised questions,
    • outcomes of research based activities witness testimonies


City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing


  • Level 2 Infection and Prevention Control
  • English and maths qualifications if required

You can also earn up to 168 UCAS points. 

Further study and career options

Following the completion of this course you could chose to gain further post qualifications or employment in these specific roles: dental hygiene/therapy, dental technician, practice management, teaching and assessing or lecturing.

Additional information

There are additional costs to cover work placement uniform and books. Please note: the cost will be discussed further at interview.

Funding information

If you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2020, a British or European Union resident and looking to study at Level 2 and Level 3, the tuition fees and any exam registration fees are FREE, except Access to Higher Education courses where a fee may be charged.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course Information & How to Apply

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 14/09/2020 Call 01234 291000 for details. Cauldwell Street BBK1617

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If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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