University of Essex Dentist
University of Essex Dentist
FdSc Oral Health Science
Why we’re great
- We have a fantastic 100% success rate for employability and excellent satisfaction scores.
- You learn clinical skills in our dedicated, state-of-the-art dental skills lab.
- You are involved in the treatment of patients right from the beginning of the course.
FdSc Oral Health ScienceFull-time
Telephone 01206 873666
About the course
Our FdSc Oral Health Science is a programme which leads to the award of a Foundation Degree, and qualifies you to register with the General Dental Council (GDC)* as a Dental Hygienist. It is based on the General Dental Council’s (GDC’s) guidance document Developing the Dental Team and is kept under continual review to ensure that you are ‘fit to practise’ upon qualification.
At Essex we have one of the largest portfolios of oral health science courses in the East of England, putting us in a strong position to provide you with excellent training on this programme. You learn clinical skills in our state-of-the-art dental laboratories and academic dental clinics, studying oral health issues affecting the health of individuals and communities including:
- Pathology and disease
- Environment and work-safety issues
- Heredity, lifestyle, education, socio-economic factors
- Media influences
Through integrating your studies with other healthcare professionals, we ensure that you consider these wider issues in order to adopt a holistic approach to patient care.
Our aim is to create professional learning pathways to bridge the skill gap of the current NHS dental workforce while meeting your learning needs and helping you develop self-awareness, confidence and autonomy.
At the same time, we develop professional hygienists who through continuing professional development (CPD) courses, foster the habit of lifelong learning in order to meet the future needs of individuals and society. Our overarching aim is to widen access to professional education so that you can practise as registered practitioners safely and competently.
During your study you will undertake six placements. These are based on educational need and are allocated by the placement lecturer. You will be required to undertake 14 hours of placement per week. Our placements are primarily based in Essex.
As a student of FdSc Oral Health Science you are not eligible for an NHS Bursary but can claim travel expenses if the travel mileage from term time address to placement is greater than term time address to university.
“I was very keen to study oral health at Essex because the placement rotation allowed for a varied experience in numerous areas of dentistry. The facilities at our Southend Campus are fantastic – you get to learn the basics in the skills labs and with the phantom heads before trying your skills out for real on patients! After graduating, I quickly secured employment with dental practices and am now working as a dental hygienist.”
Sarah Cheeseman, FdSc Oral Health Science, 2011
We are committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values (which are strongly reflected in our University values) into everything we do. They define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students, underpinning the work we do in the university, clinical arena and other workplaces.
We understand that not all of our students and staff are employed within the NHS, but these values uphold the underlying principles of excellent care as a standard and as such we expect that anyone who has any aspect of their work which ultimately cares for others will aspire to uphold these values.
For us, involving not only our students but service users, experts by experience, carers and NHS/non NHS professionals in the creation and delivery of all programmes is vital.
Our expert staff
A unique feature of our School is that you will be taught by a team of specialist clinicians with over 250 years experience in dentistry. This enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and real-life practice.
Oral Health Science is taught by registered experienced staff with a variety of different backgrounds. Prof Phil Cannell, Subject Lead for Oral Health Science, is also a partner at Chalkwell Dental Practice, and has won awards for staff management in the past. As a respected educationalist, he was recently awarded the first Fellowship in teaching, education and assessment by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) (FGDP) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Bryan Paddison, Programme Lead for the FdSc Oral Health Sciences, qualified as a dentist from King’s College London in 2001, and spent ten years in general practice in Essex. He became a Clinical Educator for the FdSc Oral Health Science in 2008, and in 2012 left clinical practice to teach full-time on our course.
Full details of our staff can be found on the HHS Staff Profiles.
As a School, we specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research that addresses issues of national and international concern to health and social care policy and practice, and related fields. We also host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.
The School of Health and Human Sciences is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester Campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend Campus.
The Oral Health Science facilities are located in the Gateway Building, and FdSc Oral Health Science is currently taught at our Southend Campus. We offer clinical laboratories with the very latest equipment and IT facilities – in particular, a state-of-the-art dental skills lab with the latest simulation ‘phantom heads’ to practise on and a 20-chair dental education unit.
At Southend you will find purpose-built accommodation to meet the needs of a growing and lively School. We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials including the Forum library on the Southend campus.
Foundation degrees are work-related, higher education qualifications designed in conjunction with employers to offer accessible and flexible learning opportunities relevant to a student’s career. A foundation degree is shorter than a standard undergraduate degree but is a higher education qualification in its own right and it can be used as a progression route to a full undergraduate degree.
The successful completion of this programme leads to the award of a Foundation Degree Oral Health Science, with 240 academic credits. This qualification is recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) and gives you eligibility to register as a dental hygienist.