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Dental Technology (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)


Course outline

This course will allow you to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of work carried out as a dental technician. It leads to a recognised General Dental Council approved qualification which will enable you to register with the GDC and carry out the profession of a dental technician.

The qualification is delivered over 3 years on a part time day-release basis. You will study the theoretical and practical techniques of the fabrication of dental appliances in

  • Prosthetics - full and partial dentures
  • Fixed Prosthodontics - crowns and bridges
  • Orthodontics - alignment and straightening of teeth using various appliances
  • You will also study the associated areas of dental anatomy; dental biomaterial science; medical emergencies and first aid; legislation, professionalism and ethics.

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BTEC Extended National Diploma in Dental Technology


3 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C and above including Maths, English and Science, or equivalents. In addition, you will need to complete an assessment to demonstrate good manual dexterity skills. You will also need to gain employment in a Dental Laboratory to support the development of your practical skills needed to pass the course.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment for the BTEC qualification is based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. A grade is awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level. Written and practical elements assess:

  • Application of knowledge and understanding
  • Development of practical and technical skills
  • Personal development for occupational roles
  • Application of generic skills

After completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology, you may choose various pathways to continue professional development. Registration with the General Dental Council is essential in order to practice as a Dental Technician. You may progress into Higher Education; there are several institutions in the UK delivering the BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.

Additional information

The course is assessed mainly on submission of structured assignments to include development of specific manual dexterity skills to enable you to apply your knowledge and understanding of the subjects to design and construct full and partial dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances to a clinically acceptable standard. All 16 units are to be completed over the three years. The General Dental Council states: You are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and must be in good health for the protection of patients.

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