University of Huddersfield Dentistry

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University of Huddersfield Dentistry

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy is a 27 month full-time course enabling students to gain professional accreditation as dental hygienists and dental therapists. The course has one intake per year in April.
We recognise the importance of training the dental team together and there is a strong belief in integrating the dental hygiene and therapy students with dental students.
At Sheffield our graduates can launch themselves into the responsibilities of a working life with confidence and competence.

Qualifications (minimum requirements)

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above to include Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject. 

PLUS ONE of the following options:

Option 1:

A) A nationally recognised Dental Nurse Qualification at Level 3, plus 1 A Level in a scientific subject (preferably Biology*) at Grade C or above.

B) A nationally recognised Dental Nurse Qualification at Level 3, plus two post qualification certificates for example:
Dental Sedation Nursing,
Dental Radiography,
Oral Health Education,
Orthodontic Nursing,
Special Care Dental Nursing,
Dental Implant Nursing.

C) A foundation degree in Dental Nursing at Level 5.

Option 2:

2 GCE A Levels, to include one scientific subject (preferably Biology*) both at Grade C or above.

Option 3:

Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits with 45 at Level 3 at Merit level or above) including 36 Level 3 credits in scientific units (preferably Biology) at Merit Level or above.

Option 4:

BTEC (Level 3) Diploma or Extended Diploma in relevant scientific subject (MM or MMM or above) including 90 credits in scientific subjects (preferably Biology) at Merit level or above.

Option 5:

A degree in relevant scientific subject.

Applicants with international qualifications are required to submit a certificate of comparability from UK NARIC with their application form, please contact us for more information. If your first language isn’t English you may need to take a language test – for example IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in each component. Further information can be obtained by contacting the programme.

Proof of all qualifications will be required.

Please note we do not accept A level Psychology or Sociology as a scientific subject.

Personal qualities and experience

You must possess a high level of manual dexterity and demonstrate attention to detail. You must also demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have the ability to work as a team, think logically and respond positively to feedback. You must have a genuine interest in the care and treatment of patients, be empathetic and act without discrimination. Candidates are strongly advised to spend some time observing dental care professionals to ensure they have a good understanding of the profession.

The School offers a free online course via Future Learn which explores the impact dentistry has on our lives. You may find it useful to complete our discover dentistry course before applying.

NHS Constitution

We also seek to select dental students with values and behaviours which align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

These are:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts