Dental Nursing - Diploma - Level 3

This course has been developed for those who wish to become a Dental Nurse.

The course focuses on the technical skills and knowledge required to be a professional Dental Nurse. Units of study include direct chair-side work and support during a range of dental treatments, organisational and legal requirements which underpin high quality dental care, and the role of the dental nurse in meeting patients’ needs.

The course has been informed by Skills for Health (SfH) National Occupational Standards (NOS). It has been developed to meet the requirements of the General Dental Council (GDC).

This qualification will enable candidates to register with the GDC as a Dental Nurse.

This course is validated by the General Dental Council.

General Dental Council

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study the various aspects of dental nursing including:

  • First aid essentials
  • Providing chair-side support to patients for a number of procedures
  • Dental radiography
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Provide chair-side support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures

The course is made up of 15 mandatory units. Four of these units are assessed via online, externally set exams. All other underpinning knowledge is assessed using internally produced written evidence such as projects and assignments.

Learners need to have a placement in a GDC registered dental practice 3 days a week. You will be regularly visited and assessed on your practice skills whilst working chair-side.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4/5) to include English Language. It would be beneficial for you to also have subjects such as Maths, a Science or Humanity at Grade C (new grading system: 4/5)


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification


  • Industry related experience


  • A secured placement in a GDC registered 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

On completion of this course you may progress into employment or to pursue opportunities for on-going professional development. Opportunities for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Specialist dental nursing roles
  • Dental hygiene or therapy
  • Dental technology
  • Dental decontamination
  • Teaching or mentoring
  • Practice management in a dental setting

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



1 year.

Where will I be based?

Lifestyle Fitness Building, Hugh Baird College.

Who is the awarding body?

City & Guilds.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email with any queries.



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 Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:14

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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