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Dental Nursing (City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma) - Part-time


Course outline

This is a demanding and rewarding programme, usually completed in 12 months. There is a requirement for individuals to undertake some self study during the course of the apprenticeship.

Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 - this contains 15 mandatory units completed via a paperless portfolio. Delivery includes workshops delivered in the College on a day release basis and assessment in the workplace.

The units are shown below:

  • 301 - Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • 302 - Reflect on and develop your practice
  • 303 - Emergency First Aid Skills
  • 304 - Prepare and maintain environment, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • 305 - Offer information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
  • 306 - Provide chairside support during the assessment of patients’ oral health
  • 307 - Contribute to the production of dental images
  • 308 - Provide chairside support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • 309 - Provide chairside support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • 310 - Provide chair side support during non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • 311 - Provide chairside support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • 312 - Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • 313 - Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • 314 - Dental radiography
  • 315 - Scientific principles in the management of oral health diseases and dental procedures

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Maid Marian Way, Nottingham NG1 6AB


05 September 2017 - 29 March 2019

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

Full fee: £2225

Fees may be waived if you are in receipt of certain benefits.


Diploma in Dental Nursing City & Guilds Level 3


12 months

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 to 4/A* to C, including Science, English Language and maths at Grade 9 to 4/A* to C; or 
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and maths at GCSE Grade 9 to 4/A* to C

Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an equivalent to GCSE Grade 9 to 4/A* to C.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is primarily through observation and witness testimonies, although other forms of evidence may be used including product evidence, role play and verbal and written questions. In addition individuals will take a synoptic test consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions covering units 312 – 315.


Dental Nurse – the role of the dental nurse is to provide ‘chair-side support’ and patient care for the dental team including Dentists, Dental Therapists, Hygienists and Technicians. Dental nurses are regulated by the General Dental Council and can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services.

Additional information

A significant amount of the job training is undertaken in the workplace. Attendance at the College is on a half day per week basis to cover the knowledge and understanding of the qualification.

The fees for this programme are £442 plus £182 City & Guilds registration/examination fee.

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