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Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing (Level 3)


Course outline

Dental nurses provide essential chairside support and patient care for the dental team. If you’d like a career as a dental nurse and would like to earn a wage while you gain a qualification, read on!

Dental nurses are regulated by the General Dental Council and can be employed in general practice, hospitals or community dental services. You will work towards the essential qualifications and skills needed to register with the General Dental Council.

You’ll complete 15 mandatory units and will be based in your workplace but come into College on day release.

You will also study English and maths.*

English and maths - skills for your future
Employers and universities really value skills in English and maths. So, building on your existing knowledge of these subjects will help you prepare for your future career or further study. *If you are aged 16-18 and have not yet achieved GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above/grade 4 or above don’t worry - we’ll support you with the right lessons to increase your confidence in these essential employability skills.

Enterprise skills
Our courses are designed to help you achieve your ambitions, whether you plan to go on to a higher level of study or start a career. Employability and study skills will be included to help you develop the broad skills required by industry. They will vary from course to course and are designed to meet local and national employer needs.

Next steps

You can register your interest in an Apprenticeship by applying online.

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Central College Nottingham, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6AB

Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing, incorporating a Level 3 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health


18 months

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.
  • You will also need 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C/9 to 4 or equivalent including English Language, Maths and Science. Some employers may require additional qualifications depending on the role.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is mainly through observation and witness testimonies, although other forms of evidence may be used. In addition you will take a multiple choice exam covering the key knowledge units. Functional Skills (where applicable) are assessed through written examination. For the Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health, assessment is through an e-portfolio.

  • Registration with the General Dental Council and employment as a dental nurse
  • A range of postgraduate qualifications can be gained as part of the mandatory continuing professional development as a dental nurse.
Additional information

The day release element of the apprenticeship is one day every two weeks. the qualification is usually completed in approximately 18 months.

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