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Dental Technology Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

Dental Tech 2

Course outline

Dental technicians manufacture, modify and repair custom-made dental appliances (such as braces, bridges, crowns, implants and prosthetics).

There is an increasing demand for skilled dental technicians, with work requiring close attention to detail, colour and manual dexterity.

This new course provides the skills and theoretical knowledge required to succeed in this profession.

The Foundation Degree has been developed with industry input and is designed to fully comply with General Dental Council requirements.

Students will be able to acquire competency in areas such as:

  • Oral anatomy and physiology
  • Biomaterials science
  • Dental appliance design and manufacture
  • Professionalism, ethics and legislation are covered, together with reflective skills and analytical decisions-making.

Modules may include:

  • Dental technology fundamentals
  • Dental anatomy, physiology and disease
  • Dental biomaterials science
  • Legislation, professionalism and ethics
  • Design of fixed prosthodontics
  • Removable complete and partial prosthodontics
  • Orthodontic therapy and orthodontic appliance manufacture
  • Work-based learning module

This course is based at our new £58 million City Hub campus in Nottingham City Centre, which provides state-of-the-art scientific laboratories and associated teaching facilities.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: DEN2

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: 28th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: DEN2


Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) Level 5


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at 9-4/A*-C including English Language, maths and a science (or equivalent) and a relevant full Level 3 qualification (eg a BTEC Extended Diploma in Dental Technology).

If English is not your first language, you should have attained (or expect to achieve) IELTS 6.0 with no element less than 5.5 or equivalent.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience, lifeskills and/or qualifications are welcome to apply. Successful applicants may be required to attend an interview and manual dexterity test as part of the final selection process.


Coursework is assessed continually through a variety of individual and group assignments; such as practical activities and investigations, research projects, written reports and presentations. Some modules include assessment by examination to help prepare you for further study.


Career opportunities are available to graduates of this course in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices, dental manufacturing companies, or they could progress to further study with the option to continue studying for a full BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.

Alternative career options include Clinical Dental Technology, Research and Development, Teaching and Education, or Medical Sales.

Additional information

This course is subject to validation.

Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rates of colleges in the East Midlands

- 2018/19 National Student Survey