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Dental Development Programme

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If you're a qualified dental nurse or dental technician without a science based level 3 qualification, this 23-week programme provides a direct entry route onto our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree courses. You'll choose your preferred progression route before you start the course. 

On this blended learning part-time course (campus-based and online) you'll cover core topics in anatomy and physiology and prepare yourself for higher education study at our Dental Academy.

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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.

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Course details


  • Mode of study: Direct contact, blended learning, part-time, 1 day a week
  • Duration: 23 weeks
  • Start date: January 2025


2025 start

  •  £4,700


On this course, you'll cover these subjects:

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

You'll spend one day a week in lectures, seminars and group work. Some teaching will be online and some on campus, where you'll: 

  • develop your understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories in the subjects above
  • prepare for degree-level study, by developing your critical, analytical, research and communication skills 
  • plan your career, and develop the skills necessary for life-long independent learning
  • learn from approachable lecturers with practical experience
  • work with experienced tutors
  • familiarise yourself with the University and the Dental Academy

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • reflective reports

Entry requirements

Dental Development Programme entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

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

Selection process

  • All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in support of their application. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept at UCAS.

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.

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.


Apply for this course using our online application forms:

The closing date for applications is 31 July each year and interviews will take place in September. 

When you apply for this course, your personal statement should highlight your course preference (BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene). You will also need to declare which course you want to progress onto at interview. 

Please note if you have not provided the following information required by the deadline (31 July), then there is a possibility we will not be able to consider your application for your chosen intake:

  • Copies of your certificates and transcripts including GCSEs and level 3 qualifications
  • Personal Statement
  • References 
  • CV
  • Evidence of registration with the General Dental Council (GDC)

Get in touch

Find out more about this course by contacting us below.

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+44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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