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Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing - Year 1

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Course Description

You will focus on learning about direct chairside work and support during a range of dental treatments. This course covers all the General Dental Council (GDC) learning outcomes for the Health National Occupational Standards and upon completion will enable learners to register with the GDC (pending approval).

Our state of the art dental nursing suite is packed with all the latest dental equipment you can find in a typical dental practice including X-ray machines, dental chairs and mixing units.

Note: You will need to pay for a course of three Hepatitis B injections and a blood test prior to going on placement. If you are eligible, you can use your bursary to cover the fee.

NB: Funded places now available, eligibility criteria applies.

This course is taught at our Rochdale campus, located in Rochdale Town Centre, Greater Manchester.


City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English or maths.

A BTEC Level 2 qualification, NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2 are also accepted.


This Level 3 course covers the skills you need to progress to further learning and training, or to start your career working in a dental nursing role:

Topics on this course include:

  • Health and safety in the dental environment
  • Regulatory requirements in relation to the role of a dental nurse
  • Reflect on and develop own practice as a dental nurse
  • Oral health for individuals
  • Prepare and maintain environments, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Production of dental images
  • Provide support during the provision of fixed and removable prosthesis
  • First aid essentials
  • Reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Assess patients’ oral health
  • Prevent and control periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • Support nonsurgical endodontic treatment
  • Support the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Dental radiography
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures

Work Experience

You are given the opportunity to complete a work placement to enhance their skills in the working environment.

The college will support you in securing your own work placements which will be within the local area.

You will work to the hours of their designated practice whilst on placement.


Following the completion of this course you have a number of options including Higher education or employment.

There are numerous career pathways including Dental Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Therapy, Dental Technician, Practice Management, Teaching and Assessing or Lecturing.

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