University of Highlands and Islands Dental Hygiene

University of Highlands and Islands Dental Hygiene

Oral Health Science BSc

This leading degree in Oral Health Science offers both dental nurses and school leavers the opportunity to train for a structured professional career in dental hygiene and dental therapy, a sector currently experiencing a shortage in skilled practitioners.

The role of dental hygienists and dental therapists is varied. You will provide clinical and educational care in the community, including prevention, fillings and treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Strong communication skills and the ability to work well in a team are essential.

You will receive a thorough understanding in all aspects of dental care including the latest in practical skills and procedures. Delivered from our purpose-built dental buildings in Inverness, Stornoway and Dumfries, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and a highly skilled team of clinical and academic staff.

Special features

  • The course is delivered from state-of-the-art training units at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, Dumfries Dental Centre and Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
  • You will learn clinical skills and undertake treatments in supervised patient clinics
  • The course is taught and supported by a professional team of clinical and academic staff
  • You will benefit from small group teaching
  • The course is taught using a combination of face-to-face and online methods
  • In your final year you will undertake a work placement in a hospital or in clinics situated across Scotland
  • On completion of the full BSc you will be able to register with the General Dental Council as a dental hygienist and dental therapist

Entry requirements

  • 4 Scottish Highers at grade B or above OR
  • 3 A levels at grade BCC or above
  • One B grade must include a science subject, preferably Biology or Human Biology. English is also preferred
  • For those who do not have English at Higher or A level then Standard Grade English at Credit level, or GCSE English at A or B is required
  • Applicants with a recognised qualification in dental nursing may also apply
  • Applicants without traditional entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered for the course on the basis of a portfolio of alternative evidence of the required knowledge and experience

In addition, all applicants to this programme will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • A genuine interest in the care and treatment of patients as part of the dental team
  • Demonstration of care ‘values’
  • Good manual dexterity as evidenced through relevant skills
  • Team working ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • IT experience e.g. word processing packages, email and using the internet
  • A high level of commitment due to the intensive nature of this academic and clinical degree programme

Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course