Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals)

Dental Studies (Dental Care Professionals) BSc (Hons)

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. Final year only for qualified Dental Hygienists/Dental Hygiene/Therapists.

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. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    For hygienists and therapists with a Diploma in Higher Education, the course may be completed within 18 months.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    January 2021

  • Dentistry at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • Flexible, supportive and challenging series of specialised modules
  • Tailored specifically to the Dental Care Professional
  • Taught in state-of-the-art, on site facilities

Course Overview

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 2021
  • Facilitating Learning in Healthcare Practice (40 credits) Commencing September 2021
  • Dissertation (40 credits) Commencing September 2022 or September 2023

Each of the 3 modules consist between 5 to 9 study days. This will encompass a blended approach with online sessions and some days 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.

Course Delivery

Saturday 16/1/2021- on Preston Campus

Sunday 17/1/21- on Preston Campus

Saturday 6/2/21 - on Preston Campus

Saturday 6/3/21- remote via Teams

Saturday 17/4/21- remote via Teams

Saturday 15/5/21 - remote via Teams

Saturday 12/6/21 - remote via Teams

Sunday 13/6/21 - remote via Teams

Friday 2/7/21 assignment due

Saturday 10/7/21 Exam  10 - 12 - on Preston Campus

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

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £3,080 per 40 credit module. 3 modules are studied of 40 credits each. Therefore, total fee will be £9,240 (UK/EU)

Please note that you could be eligible for Student Finance.

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Normally, entry is with advanced standing into Year 3.

Students must be qualified dental care professionals and registered with the General Dental Council.

All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance

The candidate would also be expected to be supported by a dental professional who must agree to support and mentor the student in their studies.

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Further Information

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The course is led by the Principal Lecturer for Undergraduate Programmes and supported by a team of academics and dental professionals.


Some of our recent graduates have been successful in achieving a place at dental school to study towards the BDS. Other students have progressed to master's 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

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.

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 one exam.

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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: 2019 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.

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.