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Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy BSc (Hons)

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy BSc (Hons)

School of Dentistry

UCAS Code

D4D7

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    D4D7; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

Why study this course?

Dental hygienists/therapists play an increasingly important role in the delivery of primary care dentistry. The structure of this course is exciting and innovative in that it is fully integrated with the BDS Dentistry course. Both dental hygiene/dental therapy students and BDS students will learn their clinical and professional skills together and will take the same modules for 60% of the course. The School is already renowned for the depth of clinical experience its current students gain during their training, which has resulted in a 100% graduate employment rate.

The first year of the course will involve early patient contact at the purpose built UCLan Dental Clinic and in Years 2 and 3 the students will gain further clinical experience with the BDS students at the four Dental Education Centres.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

ABB at A2, including Biology and either Physics, Chemistry or Maths; General Studies accepted
GCSE Maths and Eng at B or equivalent.
NVQ: Level 3 Oral Health Care or Nat Cert in Dental Nursing is acceptable in lieu of one A Level Grade B

 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

ABB at A2, including Biology and either Physics, Chemistry or Maths;
GCSE Maths and English at B or equivalent.
NVQ level 3 Oral Health Care or Nat Cert in Dental Nursing is acceptable in lieu of one A level grade B.
Do not accept BTEC or Access Diploma.

 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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25th September 2016

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Preclinical Dental Sciences
  • Foundation Clinical Skills/Clinical Knowledge
  • Clinical Skills/Clinical Knowledge (1)
  • Foundations of Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Oral Disease and Integrated Practice
  • Clinical Skills/Clinical Knowledge (2)
  • Health Promotion and Population Studies (1)
  • Professional Practice (1)

Year 3

  • Enhanced Clinical Practice
  • Health Promotion and Population Studies (2)
  • Professional Practice (2)
  • Dissertation

Further Information

As a UCLan dental hygiene/therapy student you will learn clinical skills in one of the most modern phantom head rooms in Europe, equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. We employ a number of teaching methods to ensure you learn the various aspects of hygiene/therapy. There is a great emphasis on clinical experience and initially you will work on simulators in phantom head to develop clinical skills. You will also work with actors in order to develop your communications skills.

In the first year of the programme you will be based in the Dental School at Preston. The course focuses on developing clinical skills and supporting knowledge as well as being a professional. Towards the end of the first year, you will go into the UCLan Dental Clinic. In Years 2 and 3 some of your time will be spent at one the four Dental Education Centres (DEC’s) located in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay. The DECs are based locally within the community, have been equipped with brand new surgeries, tutorial and study facilities dedicated for student teaching. Here you will put your skills into practice by treating patients, returning to Preston for some lectures and education.

UCLan and the DECs are linked via IT for learning and teaching, with individual student access to the relevant intranets

Human Anatomy and Resource Learning Centre
An understanding of anatomy is essential for any surgical discipline. HARLC is the focus for you to learn about the workings of the human body, particularly the head and neck region. The resources in the centre include anatomical models, guides and videos of professional dissections. You will have access to the centre from 7.30am until 8.00pm. By using the resources in the HARLC we aim to give you the ability to learn anatomy, which you can apply to your clinical practice.

Dental Education Centres
UCLan Dental Clinic

Apply Now

Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk



Disclaimer

Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Professional Accreditation

The course, subject to approval, will allow the graduates to register with the General Dental Council as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Traditional lectures and tutorials will develop your knowledge, as well as problem based learning (PBL), where you will work as part of a group to develop an integrated knowledge of how the body functions in health and disease. We use a variety of methods for assessment such as short answer, single best item and short note questions.

Opportunities

On completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Dental Council and work in dentistry as a dental care professional.

Graduates of this course who gain a 2.1 degree may be eligible to apply for entry to the BDS programme and the content of their previous degree would enable them to take the accelerated entry route.

Testimonials

Students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Dentistry related courses at UCLan were very satisfied with their experience, in particular they think the course is intellectually stimulating and staff are good at explaining things.