Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals) BSc(Hons)

Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals) BSc(Hons)
The BSc (Hons) Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals) provides academic development opportunities for dental hygienists and dental therapists, through a flexible, supportive and challenging series of specialised modules.

Our Dental Studies course aims to develop professional knowledge and skills in a structured higher education environment, with a view to enabling participants to take a well-informed and active role in improving the oral health of the population. 

The course also aims to raise critical appreciation of the political, legal and ethical framework within which dental care is practised. You will also be given an opportunity for in-depth study into core areas of interest.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

For hygienists and therapists with a Diploma in Higher Education, the course may be completed within eighteen months.

UCAS Code:

Not applicable - only direct application to the university


School of Dentistry

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Level 6: January start

Entry Requirements:
Applicants must be a qualified dental hygienist or dental therapist and be currently registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). Applicants should also have sufficient competency with the English language to complete course requirements. Support from a work-based mentor chosen by the applicant is required. All eligible applicants will be interviewed.

The closing date for applications for a January 2017 start is Friday 2nd December 2016. The start date will be Saturday 21st January 2017.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The course covers a varied range of subjects of relevance for the professional development of dental care professionals. The core values of the course are focussed on increasing educational, personal and professional opportunities for dental care professionals who can benefit from them, encouraging dental care professionals to fulfil their potential to support optimum oral health for the population and to produce enquiring and challenging graduates who will be interested in developing the evidence-base of their profession.

The “top up” course consists of 3 core modules at level 6. Each module has a credit rating of 40 credits. Therefore students will be required to undertake three modules to achieve the BSc.

There are 3 core modules:

Applied Clinical Science (40 credits) Commencing January 2016

Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice (40 credits) Commencing September 2016

Dissertation (40 credits) Commencing September 2016 or September 2017

Each of the 3 modules consist between 5 to 9 contact days, all held on Saturdays at the Preston campus. Students commencing in January 2016 will begin with the Applied Clinical Science module on the following dates:

Saturday 9th January 2016/Sunday 10th January 2016  (to include induction)              

Saturday 20th February 2016

Saturday 19th March 2016

Saturday 16th April 2016

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2016 - Medicine weekend

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2016  - Study weekend

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course will be taught in modern well-equipped classrooms by tutors selected for their knowledge and expertise. The course team includes specialists and dentists, together with experienced academics who will provide personal tutorial support and overall course coordination. The University has an excellent range of electronic resources to support the course and guidance will provide at the induction on access to these.

Each module is assessed independently using a range of assessment techniques that are appropriate to the learning outcomes and contents of the module. Examples of assessments include essays, portfolios and there is 1 exam.

Academic Expertise

The course is led by the Senior Lecturer for Dental Education Programmes and supported by a team of academics and dental professionals.

Learning outcome & aims

Module 1 Applied Clinical Science: The aim of this module is to develop general and specific understanding of human cells, tissues and structure of organs of the head, face, neck and oral cavity to include tongue, teeth, lips, salivary glands, and sense organs and some scientific underpinning for oral conditions associated with immunological disorders and disorders of the blood.

Module 2 Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice: The aim of the module is to enable health care practitioners to develop the healthcare team through effective facilitation of learning within and outside the workplace.

Module 3 Dissertation: The aim of the Dissertation Module is to enable the student to utilise the relevant skills and knowledge that they have developed during their taught programme (transferable, communication, analytical skills), to produce an extended piece of work on a topic of their choice.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

Some of our recent graduates have been successful in achieving a place a dental school to study towards the BDS. Other students have progressed to masters level study in a range of areas.


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.

"The BSc (Hons) in Dental Studies has been a very welcomed final year degree course for hygienist and therapists. The level of education delivered has enhanced my knowledge greatly, giving me a more comprehensive understanding in subject areas. This has increased both my skills and my confidence in my daily practice, which in turn has advanced my recognition and profile within the dental team. The BSc will also enhance my career progression in the future, allowing me many different pathways to consider for future development."

Morag Powell Dip DH, Dip DT RCS (Edin)

"I started the course thinking a lot of it would be revision but I couldn't have been further from the truth. The course (Applied Clinical Science) was hard work, demanding, and at times overwhelming but exceptionally rewarding and without doubt the best course I have ever undertaken. Not only has my knowledge increased exponentially but I am a better clinician for it."

Bev Littlemore, DCP

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

£1,000 per 20 credit module.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

For further information contact Course Enquiries on +44 (0)1772 892400

Application forms are available from or by writing to:

Admissions Office
University of Central Lancashire


UCAS Code: Not applicable - only direct application to the university

Short Form of Course:

Institution Code Name: CLANC

Institution Code: C30

Campus Site: U

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

About UCLan

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United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400