Glasgow Caledonian University Dental Hygiene

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Glasgow Caledonian University Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygienist/Therapists are highly skilled professionals who promote good dental health care as part of a team – providing preventative, periodontal & restorative therapies in adults & children’s teeth, through clinical treatment and education.

This exciting and challenging programme is taught in Glasgow Dental Hospital, Glasgow Caledonian University and a number of outreach centres. The Dental School’s clinical skills laboratories have superb facilities and state of the art teaching technologies.

Course Details

3 Years
Start Date
11 September 2017
Full Time
Subject Area
Health and Social Care
GCU Glasgow


Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.

Additional Costs

Minimum Entry Requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Year 1
SQA Higher: BBBB including Biology plus Nat 5 English and a second science at C

A level: BCC including Biology, plus GCSE English and a second science (Physics, Chemistry or Maths) at C/4

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 to include Biology at Higher and Ordinary level Maths and English at O2

IB Diploma: 24 points must include Higher Level Biology and a second science

BTEC Extended Diploma including Biology at MMP plus GCSE English at C

College: HND Dental Nursing SQA Higher BB including Biology/Human Biology. HNC/SVQ/NVQ/NEBDN Dental Nursing SQA Higher BBB including Biology/Human Biology. Other science-based HND qualifications may be considered, please enquire.

Access to Medical Studies & Access to Biological and Chemical Sciences with an overall profile of BBB and 65% in the Biology Unit. Other Science based Access courses will be considered, please enquire.

Additional Requirements
Good communication skills are essential to be able to deal with patients and parents or carers. Students are expected to adhere to the strict code of conduct outlined by the General Dental Council and a high standard of maturity, confidentiality and professionalism is expected to be maintained throughout the course.

Applicants are required to attend interview as part of the selection process. For 2017 entry, interviews will be held on Monday 13th February and Tuesday 14th February.

Programme content and structure

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Download course content here. (PDF document)


In the UK, there are private dentists and NHS dentists:

  • NHS Dentists: You are required to pay for any treatment you receive. This can vary according to the work carried out. You should ask to register as an NHS Patient.
  • Private Dentists: You are required to pay for any treatment or consultation.

How to find a dentist

Some dentist surgeries will have private and NHS dentists available. To find a NHS dentist in your area see the NHS website.

Here is also a link to Woodside Dental Practice.

The Glasgow Dental NHS Trust is also available where all treatment is free. Students who are studying dentistry carry out the examinations under supervision. Non-emergency patients are placed on a waiting list.

Financial Support

You may be eligible to get financial help for dental work. An HC1 application form is available – please ask your dentist. Keep all your dentist receipts as they may be required for completing your HC1 form.

Dental Emergency

Please contact your own dentist if you are registered with one. If you are not registered, NHS 24 can help you find a dental care surgery for your needs: 0845 4 24 24 24.

You can also go to any dental surgery and ask to be registered as an NHS patient for emergency treatment.

If you require immediate emergency treatment, please visit:

  • Glasgow Dental NHS Trust
    378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JZ
    T: 0141 211 9600
    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 11.00 am and 13.30 – 14.30 pm                                                        Sunday: 10.30 – 12.00 pm (there will be a small charge)