Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals) BSc (Hons)

Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals) BSc (Hons)

School of Dentistry




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N/A; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    January 2018 start

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

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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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.

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.

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Course at a Glance

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 2018
  • Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice (40 credits) Commencing September 2018
  • Dissertation (40 credits) Commencing September 2018 or September 2019

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.

Further Information

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:

  • Saturday 27th January 2018 Induction to BSc Dental Studies
  • Sunday 28th January 2018 - Day 1
  • Saturday 10th February 2018 - Day 2
  • 10th and 11th of March 2018  - Medicine Weekend
  • Saturday 21st April 2018 - Day 3
  • Saturday 19th May 2018 - Day 4
  • 2nd and 3rd June 2018 - Study Weekend


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 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 Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and 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.

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