Dental Nursing CertHE
CertHE Dental Nursing
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.
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
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. Our Careers and Employability service can help you with career planning during the course.
Careers and opportunities
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
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.
This course is fully accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC) and leads to registration with the GDC as a Dental Nurse.
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.
- 72 points to include 2 A levels or equivalent, with 32 points in a pure Science subject.
- 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.
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.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Isle of Man students – £9,250 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Channel Islands students – to be confirmed
- International students – £13,900 (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.
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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
The course runs from September to July.
Subject areas you'll study include:
- Clinical Communication
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.
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical laboratory work
- guided reading
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
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.
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.
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – B751
- 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.