Dentistry students in practical workshop
Mode of Study
23 weeks
Start Date


If you're a qualified dental nurse or dental technician without a science based level 3 qualification for direct entry via UCAS, this 23-week Dental Development Programme provides an entry route onto our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree courses.

On this campus-based part-time course you'll cover core topics in anatomy and physiology, and prepare yourself for higher education study at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy.

You'll choose your preferred progression route before you begin the course:

  • Progression route 1: BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
  • Progression route 2: BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene

Course details


  • Mode of study: Direct contact on campus, part-time, 1 day a week
  • Duration:
  • Start and end dates: -


  • £4,700

What you'll experience


On this course you'll:

  • Have access to University facilities on campus
  • Have opportunities to meet our BSc students, in our Dental Academy
  • Work with tutors to plan and develop your career
  • Learn from approachable lecturers, with practice experience

You'll cover:

  • Introduction to biology
  • Biology body systems
  • Learning skills
  • Evidence-based practice

The short course is one day per week spent in lectures, seminars and group work. The unit coordinators will:

  • provide opportunities to develop understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to the above subjects
  • provide opportunities for integration into UPDA
  • develop your critical, analytical, research and communication skills
  • prepare you for level 4 (degree) study and progression.
  • develop the skills necessary for life-long independent learning, and awareness of the needs for these skills

How you'll be assessed

All assessment requires a pass mark for you to be eligible to progress to degree level.

You'll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • reflective reports

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised Dental Nursing or Dental Technician qualification and registration with the General Dental Council, with evidence of continual professional development.

You'll also need 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, to include maths, English and science.

How to book

Apply for this course using our online application form.

Contact information