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Dental Technology Foundation Degree (Level 5) — Part-time

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:

  • Oral Biomedical Science
  • Professional Practice
  • Dental Biomaterials Science
  • Design of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics
  • Orthodontic Therapy and Orthodontic Appliance Manufacture
  • Intergrated Studies and Work Based Learning Modules

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

Apply online now to start in this academic year (2022/2023).

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street
Nottingham
NG1 7HB

Start: Monday 9th January 2023

Tuition fee: £4,500

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C038256 / Q038257

Qualification

Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) Level 5

Duration

3 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.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and manual dexterity test prior to being offered a place on the course.

It is essential that applicants are employed in a Dental Laboratory or have some form of placement in order to carry out the work based learning modules. A total of 400 hours of logged work based activities is required together with constructed appliances in a portfolio.

The General Dental Council state that all Dental Care Professionals are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and all criminal convictions need to be disclosed prior to registration. This may affect the ability to register as a DCP.

Teaching & assessment

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.

Progression

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.