Teesside University Dental Hygiene

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Teesside University Dental Hygiene

BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

UCAS code: B750 BSc/DHDT

This dual qualification is regarded as the emerging future of dental care, now incorporating Direct Access (see GDC website) with a holistic approach to treating and preventing the two most common dental diseases – periodontal disease and dental caries.

The dental hygienist and dental therapist provides all types of preventive and non-surgical periodontal treatment and a variety of restorative and caries preventive treatments to adults and children, working with precision instruments and using technique-specific materials. As a competent, accountable, problem-solving and evidence-based practitioner, you need excellent manual dexterity and communication skills to meet the high expectations and demands of the modern dental practice. You need to be able to effectively communicate with the public and other healthcare providers at all levels. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their dental hygienist and therapist and therefore to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution:

    • working together for patients
    • respect and dignity
    • commitment to quality of care
    • compassion
    • improving lives
    • everyone counts.

This course provides unique modules which facilitate research skills throughout the three-year duration. It also includes the teaching of leadership and management to prepare you for your future career. The course is designed to ensure you meet the standards and skills necessary to enable you to register with the General Dental Council and hold the title of dental hygienist and dental therapist. Find out more:www.gdc-uk.org www.badt.org.uk or www.BSDHT.org.ukThroughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends.

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Three of the four modules studied in Year 1 are combined with the Cert HE Dental Nurse Practice course, promoting teamwork and consolidation of knowledge between the two disciplines. Focusing on clinical governance and general/regional anatomy and physiology, you are also introduced to the principles of evidence-based practice and research. A course-specific module introduces the principles and practice of periodontology and introduces restorative skills, focusing on developing essential knowledge and manual dexterity. This module begins in the state-of-the-art phantom head skills laboratory. It is here you prepare to become a safe and effective practitioner, progressing to treat patients with periodontal disease in the dental treatment clinic.

In Year 2, you study in your peer group, increasing your knowledge and skills in periodontology, enabling you to take on more complex treatment approaches to patients, utilising problem-solving and decision-making skills. Restorative skills continue in the phantom head laboratory, progressing on to treating patients with dental caries and preventing oral disease within the dental treatment clinic. The principles and techniques of dental radiography are also explored. You consolidate the links between theory and practice, which assists you in developing an understanding of qualitative and quantitative research, enabling you to develop a research question for your dissertation.

Year 3 places emphasis on developing clinical skills with a holistic approach to patient care and the law and ethics significant to this role and the General Dental Council. You undertake a dissertation relating to oral health improvement. A unique module prepares you for professional life and developing a plan for continuing professional development. You are also introduced to the principles of leadership and management enabling you to understand the issues surrounding the development of your career.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules
  • Clinical Concepts of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
  • Foundations of Dental care
  • Principles of Evidence-based Practice
  • Theoretical Concepts of Dentistry
Year 2 core modules
  • Aetiology and Management of Oral Diseases
  • Dental Radiology and Radiography
  • Development of Restorative Skills
  • Utilising Evidence for Practice
Year 3 core modules
  • Clinical Theory for the Dental Hygienist and Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist and Therapist Clinical Development
  • Developing Leadership and Management Skills for the Dental Hygienist and Therapist
  • Dissertation: Using Evidence to Improve Oral Health

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 104-112 tariff points from three A levels (or equivalent) including 32 points from biology. You should also have GCSE passes at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English, maths and a science subject or Key Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number (or equivalent). You can also apply with a nationally recognised dental nursing qualification and one additional post registration nursing qualification. For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.

If you have no dental working experience, you’re strongly encouraged to shadow a dental hygienist and therapist before you apply.

The selection process includes shortlisting of your application, following which, if successful you will be invited for an interview.

Shortlisting criteria
Your application will be measured against the following criteria:

  • your ability to complete all sections of the application form fully and correctly
  • the level of all qualifications and grades are specified
  • appropriate academic entry requirements achieved or predicted
  • evidence of successful, relevant academic study over the last three years
  • personal statement supportive of chosen programme and demonstrates an understanding of the uniqueness of the profession and the role of the professional
  • satisfactory references.

If you are invited to interview and the date is not suitable we may not be able to offer you an alternative date due to the high volume of applications received for this course – but it is important that you contact the admissions office immediately.

Interview criteria

At the interview you will be measured against the following criteria which is mapped against the NHS Constitution:

  • knowledge of chosen profession/career
  • an appreciation of the demands of the programme and chosen profession
  • enthusiasm for the programme/profession
  • ability to communicate effectively verbally and non verbally
  • potential to become a professional.

If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive an offer which is subject to the following:

  1. evidence of achievement of the required academic qualifications.
  2. a successful work based risk assessment which will reflect the HEOPS recommendations – please read these here. For more information on all of the HEOPS standards click here
  3. a satisfactory DBS disclosure – please note that any warnings, cautions, allegations or convictions received in the last five years may have implications for your continued offer on the course
  4. satisfactory references.

Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.

International applicants

  • International applicants must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimal score of 6.5 in all sections before an unconditional offer is made
  • If you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend an interview (which may be in person OR Skype) in one of our international offices in either India, Malaysia or China, or you can choose to attend an interview at Teesside University (at your own cost).
  • If you can not attend an interview as stated, you will be unable to proceed with your application.

For international enquiries please email internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk

Course information

  • Length: 3 years
  • Not available part-time

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