Dental Nursing - Diploma - Level 3

Balliol Road Campus

Course Details

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.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade 9-4 (old grading system: A*-C) if you do not already have these grades.

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.

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
1 year
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

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

Entry Requirements

How much will this course cost me?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

If you are aged 16-18 then the majority of our courses are free for you to study. If you are aged 19+ then there may be fees associated with the course. You may be eligible to have some, or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Student Finance pages for more information.

No. We can enrol students from any area. Public transport links are good too, so the College is easy to get to from all across Merseyside.

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