University Of Bristol Dental Hygiene

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University Of Bristol Dental Hygiene


Application method Apply direct to the University
Course duration 2 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 8

About Dip Dental Hygiene

This full-time, 21-month course enables you to become a skilled clinician with a registrable qualification. The Diploma in Dental Hygiene is awarded by the University of Bristol and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

Pre-clinical training starts in term one, in a dedicated clinical skills teaching laboratory. This prepares you for seeing your first patient at the beginning of the second term. You will gain clinical experience at the Bristol Dental Hospital and the new South Bristol Community Hospital, where you will work alongside dentistry undergraduates and dental therapy students.

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with studying dental hygiene. You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and visit our occupational health department before starting the course. Blood screening and inoculations may be recommended before you can start clinical work. Health status is essential to protect both the clinical operator, and his or her patients.

Working with the general public demands a commitment to exemplary personal and professional conduct. In accordance with the General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practise, some applicants may not be suitable for a career in dental hygiene. For example, if you have a criminal conviction you may not be considered. All new students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), in line with other health-related programmes in the UK. For more information, please visit our guidelines for students on DBS disclosure page.

Course structure

Typical offer for Dip Dental Hygiene – applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
CC  Biology/Human Biology and 1 other subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
18 points overall including 5 in Higher level Biology
Cambridge Pre-U offer Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offer Pass Access to HE Diploma (Biomedical Sciences or Medicine) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction
Scottish Qualifications Authority offer AH: CC including Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate offer Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer 60% with 6 in Biology
International qualifications Accepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent A minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, including English and Double Science. If a single science is offered, Biology is preferred.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirements For application with National Certificate for Dental Nurses: One A-level at grade C or above in Biology/ Human Biology or Chemistry (Biology preferred), or an equivalent level science qualification.