Clinical Dental Technology

Clinical Dental Technology BSc (Hons)

This ground breaking course is the first of its kind in the UK. The course gives students the opportunity to train both as a dental technician and a clinical dental technician who can work within dental technology and primary care dentistry.  Primary care dentistry is delivered by the whole team in which the role of the clinical dental technician is an increasingly important part. The structure of the course is exciting and innovative in that the dental technology and the clinical training are fully integrated. The course is also integrated with the BDS and dental therapy courses. The clinical dental technology students study alongside the dental and therapy students and share common modules. The school is already renowned for the depth of clinical experience its current students gain during their training.

The first two years of the course will involve training in our on-site dental laboratory and patient contact will be in our purpose built UCLan Dental Clinic. Technical and clinical team skills are reinforced in Year 2 and in Year 3 when students will have the opportunity to gain experience alongside the BDS students at one of our Dental Education Centres.  

The course, subject to General Dental Council (GDC) approval, will allow the graduates to register with the GDC as a Clinical Dental Technician.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-Time 3 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2019

  • Dentistry at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • This groundbreaking course is the first of its kind in the UK.
  • Both dental technology and the clinical training are fully integrated into the course.
  • As a student, you will have the opportunity to treat your own patients in UCLan’s onsite Dental Clinic.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Preclinical Dental Sciences
  • Clinical dental technology knowledge (1)
  • Clinical dental technology skills (1)
  • Foundations of Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Oral Disease and Integrated Practice for Clinical Dental Technology
  • Clinical dental technology knowledge (2)
  • Clinical dental technology skills (2)
  • Health Promotion and Population Studies (1)
  • Professional Practice (1)

Year 3

  • Integrated Clinical Dental Technology Practice
  • Health Promotion and Population Studies (2)
  • Professional Practice (2)
  • Dissertation

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

3 A-Levels with minimum grades BBC – Must include Biology which will be required at B (Including a Pass in Biology practical endorsement).  We will consider all subject areas for the remaining 2 A levels but ideally they would be Physics, Chemistry or Maths, except general studies or critical thinking.

BTEC extended diploma in applied science achieved at DDM or above will be accepted as an alternative to A-levels.

BTEC subsidiary diploma achieved at M will be accepted in lieu of 1 C grade A-Level, however, Biology will still be required at grade B or above.

A registrable qualification in dental nursing or dental technology will be accepted in lieu of 1 C grade A-Level, however, Biology will still be required at grade B or above.

A 60 credit (45 graded) science based access course may be considered alongside a dental nursing or dental technology qualification.  21 credits at Merit or above plus 24 credits at pass or above – all the Biology modules would be required at Merit or above.

A Foundation entry course in a relevant science-based subject would be considered if achieved at 50% overall with 60% or above in all Biology modules.

A dental nursing certificate/dental technology qualification, any other dental nursing/technology qualification (without the required GCSE’s and A-levels/BTEC/Access to HE/foundation course) will not be considered.

5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above - must include Mathematics, Science and English Language.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of sustained academic achievement within the past five years.

All students whose first language is not English, must have IELTS – grade 7.0 or above in all four categories (unless a U.K. Degree level qualification is held).

International applications will be considered with the equivalent qualifications (subject to fees).


Interview dates for 2020/21 entry are 17th/18th/19th February 2020.

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

As a UCLan Clinical Dental technology student you will learn technical skills in our dedicated teaching dental laboratory and clinical skills in our adjacent dental clinic.

We employ a number of teaching methods to teach you the various aspects of clinical dental technology. There is a great emphasis on clinical experience to develop clinical skills, initially by working on manikins in the dental clinic. Working with actors assists in the development of communication skills. Knowledge is developed by traditional lectures and tutorials as well as Problem Based Learning (PBL) where you work together 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.

In the first two years of the programme, you are based in the Dental School at Preston. The course focuses on developing clinical skills and supporting knowledge as well as being a professional. In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to work alongside dental students producing the technical work for patients in the Dental Education Centres. In Year 3 you begin treating your own patients in the Dental Clinic at UCLan and will be responsible for both the clinical and technical work for these patients. UCLan and the DECs are linked via IT for learning and teaching, with individual student access to the relevant intranets.

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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

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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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 would be eligible to apply for entry to the BDS programme were the content of their previous degree would enable them to take the accelerated entry route.  


This programme has been provisionally accepted by the GDC Registrar. The decision as to the approval of a new programme for dental care professionals will not be made until the first cohort has completed their studies and examinations, or assessments, and the programme inspected by the GDC. The recommendations of the panel must then be considered by the Registrar.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Dentistry

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Entry Requirements

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.