For hygienists and therapists with a Diploma in Higher Education, the course may be completed within eighteen months.
Mixed Mode, Part-time
N/A; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
January 2018 start
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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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.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important 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.
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.
The course is led by the Principal Lecturer for Undergraduate Programmes and supported by a team of academics and dental professionals.
Students commencing in January 2018 will begin with the Applied Clinical Science module on the following dates:
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.
"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
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Part-time: £1,000 per 20 credit module
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.
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.