Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy BSc (Hons)

Dental hygienists/therapists play an increasingly important role in the delivery of primary care dentistry. The structure of this course is exciting and innovative in that it is fully integrated with the BDS Dentistry course. Both dental hygiene/dental therapy students and BDS students will learn their clinical and professional skills together and will take the same modules for 60% of the course.

The majority of the first year of the course will be carried out in the School of Dentistry, Allen Building, Preston campus and in Years 2 and 3 the students will gain clinical experience with the BDS students at one of the four Dental Education Centres (DECs).

Subject to General Dental Council (GDC) Approval

All applications will be processed after the UCAS deadline in January 2019.  Interview dates for 2019/20 are as follows:

  • Monday 18th February 2019
  • Tuesday 19th February 2019
  • Wednesday 20th February 2019

As a UCLan dental hygiene/therapy student you will learn clinical skills in one of the most modern phantom head rooms in Europe, equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. We employ a number of teaching methods to ensure you learn the various aspects of hygiene/therapy. There is a great emphasis on clinical experience and initially you will work on simulators in phantom head to develop clinical skills. You will also work with actors in order to develop your communications skills.

In the first year of the programme Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students will be based in the Dental School at Preston. The course focuses on developing clinical skills and supporting knowledge as well as being a professional. Towards the end of the first year, you will go to one of the four Dental Education Centre’s Centres (DEC’s) located in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay. The DECs are based locally within the community, have been equipped with brand new surgeries, tutorial and study facilities dedicated for student teaching.  In Years 2 and 3 you will continue to spend your time at the DEC  putting your  into practice by treating patients, returning to Preston for some lectures and education..

UCLan and the DECs are linked via IT for learning and teaching, with individual student access to the relevant intranets

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

Allen Building Facilities

Phantom Head Training Area

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

    International: £22,000 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

3 A-Levels with minimum grades ABB – 1 of which must be in Biology (Including a Pass in Biology practical endorsement).  We will consider all subject areas for the remaining 2 A levels, except general studies or critical thinking.

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

NVQ level 3 Oral Health Care (Dental Nursing) or National Certificate/Diploma in Dental Nursing will be accepted in lieu of 1 B grade A-Level, however, Biology will still be required at grade B or above.  A dental nursing certificate, any other dental nursing qualification or BTEC’s in any subject alone (without the GCSE’s and A-levels) will not be considered.

A 60 credit (45 graded) science based access course may be considered alongside a dental nursing qualification.  15 Credits would be required at Distinction plus 19 credits at Merit or above – all the Biology modules would be required at Merit or above.

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).

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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
  • Foundation Clinical Skills/Clinical Knowledge
  • Clinical Skills/Clinical Knowledge (1)
  • Foundations of Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Oral Disease and Integrated Practice
  • Clinical Skills/Clinical Knowledge (2)
  • Health Promotion and Population Studies (1)
  • Professional Practice (1)

Year 3

  • Enhanced Clinical 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.

Traditional lectures and tutorials will develop your knowledge, as well as problem based learning (PBL), where you will work as part of a group 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.


On completion of the course, graduates may 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 may be eligible to apply for entry to the BDS programme and the content of their previous degree would enable them to take the accelerated entry route.


This course is subject to General Dental Council (GDC) approval.

Case Studies

Amy Mesilio, third year student, BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

"From a young age, I always knew I wanted to be involved in the field of Dentistry. I therefore read into how the BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy course was structured, and saw how 60% of it was integrated with the BDS Dentistry course". 

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Important Information

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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: 2018 Entry | 2019 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.

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.