University of Bolton Dental Technology

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University of Bolton Dental Technology

This BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology gives a comprehensive understanding of Dental Technology practices both in terms of the theoretical knowledge, and the methods and technologies used to treat dental patients. Throughout the programme the undergraduate will experience an increase in academic demands and practical skills development in order to be able to carry out the design and construction of dental appliances.

The key aim of the programme is to develop graduates who have strong academic, practical and transferable skills enabling them to compete in this exciting employment sector.

The course is designed to provide students with academic skills throughout the 3 years of the course by delivering study skills and a research methodologies module. This prepares you for the final year dissertation project where you choose the subject of the project. Subjects include dental biomaterial science principles and advancements pertinent to the dental technology.

You will learn the fundamental aspects of oral anatomy and physiology and its influence on dental appliance design. Practical skills development is a crucial element in the training of a dental technician. This course challenges learners to critically analyse theoretical principles in order for them to make informed choices on the methods and materials used to produce a range of biomechanically sound appliances.

The programme also requires the completion of two work specific modules that have been designed to ensure that all practical aspects of dental technology are developed and that you gain the skills and knowledge required to be a competent and safe starter in practice.

This course is designed to meet the learning outcomes required by the General Dental Council.

The course develops your understanding of professional standards required to practice as a Dental Care Professional. You will gain knowledge of key regulatory, legal and ethical topics allowing the acquisition of skills complementary to the practical aspects of this course.

You will gain an understanding of dental biomaterials and their relationship with the natural tissues located in the oral environment to enable you to design and manufacture dental appliances.

Practical projects are assessed in the 3 main dental technology disciplines including Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics and Orthodontics. In the final year you will have an opportunity to further demonstrate your knowledge and practical skills by completing a specialist dental technology module.

As you progress onto the work based learning modules, your skills will need to be applied to live patient cases. The complexity of the appliances you manufacture will increase in each year of your course.

The development of your academic skills is supported in 2 modules covering study skills and research methodologies. These are essential in providing you the skills required to undertake the final dissertation module.

The University of Bolton is currently investing heavily in STEM related subjects. The majority of modules for this programme will be delivered at the new Queen’s Specialist Building in Farnworth, which will provide an attractive, bespoke teaching environment with state of the art laboratories.

Entry requirements From September 2017, 96 UCAS points from at least two A2-levels (or equivalent) including a science subject.

Alternatively, applications are encouraged from individuals with a full Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology or a science/health alternative with a grade profile of DMM.

Applicants should also have Five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English, mathematics and a science.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and undertake a manual dexterity test.

Applicants who have experience of working in other dental team roles will be considered, providing they can present evidence of satisfactory level 3 qualifications.

This course involves regulated activity so all students must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting their studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees


Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000
2017/18 £9,000 £9,000 £9,000 £27,000

International Fees

Year of study
Entry Year 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
2016/17 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750
2017/18 £11,250 £11,250 £11,250 £33,750

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Bob Biggs (Head of Centre for Dental Sciences )
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903791

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903