Full-time: Three years
D4D7; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
Subject to approval
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.
Subject to GDC Approval
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
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 but biology must also be included. A Dental Nurse qualification alone without the required A levels, will not be considered.
A relevant Access Course may be considered. BTEC’s are not accepted.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important 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
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.
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
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
The course, subject to approval, will allow the graduates to register with the General Dental Council as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist.
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.
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.
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.