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. Final year only for qualified Dental Hygienists/Dental Hygiene/Therapists.
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For hygienists and therapists with a Diploma in Higher Education, the course may be completed within eighteen months.
Mixed Mode, Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
January 2018 start
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
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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.
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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:
Each of the 3 modules consist between 5 to 9 contact days, all held on Saturdays at the Preston campus.
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.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
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For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.