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.

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


Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-Time 3 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2019

  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

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Entry Requirements

3 A Levels with minimum grades of BBC. One A Level must be in Biology minimum grade B with another from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

GCSE Mathematics (Grade C) and English Language (Grade C) or equivalent.

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.

For all non-UK students for whom English is not their first language, proof of competence in English Language as evidenced by IELTS Grade 7.0 or above in each of the four IELTS components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

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DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

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

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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.


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.  

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This course is based in the School of Dentistry
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Course Handbook

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 & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

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.