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Dental Nursing - Diploma - Level 3

The qualification focuses on direct chair-side work and support during a range of dental treatments. It includes all of the underpinning ethics, professionalism, teamwork and communication required to work as a dental nurse.

As well as studying in college you will be expected to undertake a minimum of 3 days a week work experience in a dental practice.

We will support you in finding your placement, however it is important to note that it is the learners’ responsibility to secure this vital part of the course. Securing your placement will form part of the conditions of the College provisionally offering you a place on this course. Failure to secure yourself a suitable placement could result in your offer being removed.

This course is validated by City & Guilds and the General Dental Council.

General Dental Council

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Contribute to health and safety in the dental environment
  • Work within regulatory requirements in relation to the role of a Dental Nurse
  • Prepare and maintain environments, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Principles of managing oral disease and dental procedures

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 course or have 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above or have industry related experience.

Proof of a placement from a suitable dental practice.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

  • Dental technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Dental therapist
  • Orthodontic therapist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Practice manager
  • Teacher and assessor of student dental nurses

What qualification will I gain?

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing.

How many days of the week will I be studying?

1 day at College and 3 days work placement.

Start date

September 2016.


18 months.

Where will I be based?

The Pembroke Centre, Hugh Baird College.

Who is the awarding body?

City & Guilds.


Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
Free Free £2,255

Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 14:30

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

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