dental students using kit
UCAS Code
B751
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022
Accredited
Yes

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2021 complete this short form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open 10.00am–4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am–4.00pm on Fridays.

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).

Entry requirements​

CertHE Dental Nursing entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – CDD–DDD
  • UCAS points – 72–80 points to include 2 A levels or equivalent, with 32 points in a pure Science subject For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – MMP
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an 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.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – CDD
  • UCAS points – 80 points to include 2 A levels or equivalent, with 32 points in a pure Science subject (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – MMP
  • International Baccalaureate – 26
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an 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.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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.

Find out more about the values we look for

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Qualify with a CertHE in Dental Nursing, which allows you to register with the GDC as a dental nurse.
  • 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 dental facilities for 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
Dental Academy - University of Portsmouth

Take a tour of our Dental Academy at the University of Portsmouth, where we teach Dental Hygiene, Dental Therapy and Dental Nursing courses.

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

Work experience and career planning

This course focuses on applying your knowledge in real clinical environments, and building the practical skills needed to succeed in your career after the course.

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies during your course and for up to 5 years after your graduate.

Dental Academy students - University of Portsmouth

Dental Academy students talk about their experiences studying dentistry at the University of Portsmouth.

Cynthia: Reading about the University of Portsmouth in the Dental Academy, I realise it's a good place for me to harness my potential of becoming the dental nurse I've always wanted to become. 

Said: Looking after the patient, caring for the patient has been the best part of my degree. 

Cynthia: Right after your first year, you become a qualified dental nurse so while you are studying, you can still practice. 

Said: The most useful skills were the clinical skills that I acquired during my phantom head sessions where I did extensive work on periodontal treatments. Working now in clinics with patients I feel more confident and having the support of the staff and other colleagues has helped me quite a lot. 

Cynthia: We have a very friendly staff, nurses who are willing and always available to help students. When you find yourself in like any kind of confusion, they are there at your beck and call.

Said: You have to be really good with communication as well because you will continuously be communicating with patients. Also, staff and students and collaborative and professional work needs good communication skills. 

Cynthia: For those willing to study at the University of Portsmouth, I would encourage you, once you get here, to make good use of all the facilities available. 

Said: Caring for the patient is not just looking at their mouth and treating what we see but also is strongly correlated with the general health of the patient. 

 

What you'll study on this CertHE Dental Nursing course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

The course runs from September to July.

Modules

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

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 module 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.

Academic skills support

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
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • guided reading

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

How you're assessed

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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £15,500 per year

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

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).

Plastic skulls are available for a £30.00 deposit to assist your learning of oral anatomy during your first year.

You’ll need to bring your own 40mm padlock if you use our locker facilities.

You’ll attend outreach locations to support your studies, and you’ll need to cover travel costs. The NHS may meet some of these costs through its Learning Support Fund.

Optional conference trips will cost in the region of £100–£200. You may have the opportunity to engage in the Erasmus programme, which will incur additional costs.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

International and EU students

Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B751
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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