2024/25 - Start dates vary, apply now

Study mode

Part Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


Level 3

Course code


Fee Information

Please note, these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see Fees and funding for more information.


This course is free to apprentices. Small companies may need to make a contribution towards training costs, large companies could pay through the apprenticeship levy, if they have funds available

Course details may be subject to change.

This apprenticeship programme will ensure you have the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to pursue a career as a dental nurse.

You will work with your employer, to gain hands-on experience working in a professional environment.

Entry Criteria

You will hold a minimum of grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE maths and English.

Additional Costs

It is advised that you purchase the course textbook.

What are the next steps?

You will have an interview with the Dental Team. As part of your interview you will carry out an English and Maths assessment which will help us assess your suitability for the course. Please bring with you any former qualifications.

Please bring evidence of relevant qualifications and proof of ID, e.g. passport or driving license or birth certificate.

Study Aims

This appreticeship programme will provide you with the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Level 3 Award in Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Level 2 Functional Skill English
  • Level 2 Functional Skill Maths
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

Modules Studied

You will study the following units:

  • First aid essentials
  • Reducing the risk to health and safety in the dental setting
  • The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • Prepare and maintain environments, Instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients’ oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Provide chairside support for non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Provide information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
  • Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • Dental radiography
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures.

Times of Delivery

  • Monday - 9am - 3pm

Any times indicated are based on current courses and may be subject to change in future years. Full timetables will be confirmed at the start of each course.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be expected to complete assignments and written work. In addition to this, observations in the workplace must be carried out to prove competence.

You will complete four online assessments during the programme, in addition to a portfolio of evidence. The end point assessment will also include a project and professional discussion.

End Point Assessment

The final assessment for the qualification is an End Point Assessment (EPA) which must be passed to achieve the full qualification.

The end point assessment will also include a project and professional discussion.

Industry Links

You will be able to register with the General Dental Council.


You will be employed in a dental practice to ensure you get valuable hands-on work experience.