Advanced Dental Nursing BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Advanced Dental Nursing
If you’re looking for a course that leads to registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) and you’ve got the drive to succeed as a key member of a dental team, this BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing degree course is for you.
On this course, you’ll gain the essential knowledge you need to become registered with the GDC, while learning practical and professional skills in our first-rate facilities.
After the course, you’ll be set to take on a variety of careers in the dental industry. You could go on to work in a clinical environment or in health promotion, management or teaching.
This course is fully accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). This allows you to register as a dental nurse once you’ve completed the first year of the programme.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Qualify with the CertHE Dental Nursing after your first year of study, which allows you to register with the GDC as a dental nurse before your second year
- Learn dental nursing procedures and techniques in our Dental Academy
- Turn your knowledge into practical skills, working as part of a team to provide dental care and oral health promotion to patients in the community
- Use treatment bays and simulation technology, which includes our Phantom Head (manikin head) skill lab
- Work alongside dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment
- Develop your clinical management, leadership and decision-making skills
- Produce a dissertation on a subject of your choice, related to your advanced dental nursing practice
Values and the NHS Constitution
We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.
Careers and opportunities
There are many career routes you can take after completing this course. As a registered dental nurse with a degree, 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
- oral health promotion
Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will be on hand with support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth up to 120 credits (for example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits).
Themes you'll study in years 1, 2 and 3 include:
- Management and Leadership
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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Work experience and career planning
This course focuses on applying your knowledge and building the practical skills needed to succeed in your career as a dental nurse.
You'll provide care in the local community and outreach locations, working as part of a dental team with dental professional and students including undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students.
Our Careers and Employability service will support you in your workplace ambitions, and help you with career planning.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
You'll be taught through a combination of:
- practical work
- guided reading
You'll also learn skills and knowledge through independent study with support from Faculty and Dental Academy staff.
Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice. All units are fully supported by online lecture and study materials.
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this course.
Dr Marie Stopforth, Programme Leader
Marie is a Chartered Psychologist, HCPC-registered applied psychologist and a coach. She has a wealth of experience in leading both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and in teaching psychology and behaviour change. She has also worked extensively with individuals, teams and organisations to increase health, wellbeing and performance.
Within the Dental Academy, she contributes to the behavioural science modules, which help students to understand how to influence positive behaviour change in relation to their oral health.
Dr Marina Harris
Marina is a senior lecturer and lead for the curriculum teaching of Periodontology. She has a keen interest in the psychological wellbeing of our students, which was the topic of her globally-published PhD research. Away from her role within academia, she is an active member of her professional body and has held the position of President of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.
Debbie qualified with a BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene & Therapy in 2008, and has worked in a variety of clinical environments -- including private practice, NHS practice and the Community Dental Service. She is also a Dental Care Professional Teaching Fellow, and is involved with both clinical and academic aspects of the student experience.
Sarah is a qualified Dental Hygienist and Therapist with vast experience within NHS, private and orthodontic practices. Since joining us in 2007, Sarah has balanced her clinical practice with her teaching responsibilities, which focus on Behavioural Sciences related to Dentistry; pre-clinical operative techniques, and clinical supervision.
Sarah is currently Associate Head of Innovation and an integral part of the Dental Academy's tutorial system. She also co-founded Oral Health Matters in 2016, an innovative initiative designed to impact and improve oral health care within social residential care.
Lisa has more than 20 years experience working in the dental industry, as both a student and qualified Dental Nurse, and has worked in NHS, private, community and hospital dental settings, providing primary and secondary dental care to patients.
She joined the dental academy in 2005 and now runs the pre-clinical unit for the Hygiene/Therapy course, which delivers an innovative, gold standard approach to the full scope of practice of the profession.
Jo is a Dental Surgeon with a broad range of clinical experience in both the private and NHS sectors, and 11 years of academic practice within the university environment. Her interests lie in clinical and professional skills development; clinical reasoning & decision-making; technology for learning; dental public health, and medical aesthetics.
Passionate about empowering Dental Nurse, Hygiene and Therapy undergraduates to embrace their expanding scope within the dental team, Jo has engaged in collaborative projects with external partners such as Liftupp and Generic Robotics to enhance teaching and learning with technology. She has also won several awards for teaching excellence, and employs a student-centric approach to higher education.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- written examinations
- computer examinations
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.
- 96 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a pure Science subject.
For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
- All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.
- All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll get 3 sets of scrubs (clinical clothing) and a name badge at the start of the course. You can order extra or replacement scrubs at £8 per set or £4 an item. You can also order replacement name badges for £7.
You’ll need to buy your own visor frame (available from the Dental Academy for £8) and a pair of black shoes which enclose the foot (not canvas or clogs).
You’ll need to pay a £30 deposit to use a model skull (you’ll be charged additional fees if you don't return the skull).
You’ll need a £10 deposit for locker keys.
You’ll attend outreach locations to support your study, and you’ll need to cover travel costs, which are unlikely to surpass £50. These costs are reimbursed for NHS bursary students.
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – B753
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.