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CertHE Dental Nursing

The aim of the Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing at Cardiff University is to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of dental nursing alongside an opportunity to gain clinical experience in a dental practice environment.

In combining both the intellectual knowledge and practical experience, it will ensure you receive an all-inclusive education and training experience which will allow you to practice safely and competently as a dental nurse in a wide range of clinical dental procedures. Dental nurses have an essential role in the provision of care to the patient undergoing dental treatment, support for the operator, and are a vital member of the dental team.

A fundamental part of the programme is to promote professionalism and team working as a dental care professional and to encourage you to work within the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team.

This programme is subject to final approval by the General Dental Council.

Key Facts

Duration:                                    2 Year part time
How to apply:                             Direct Entry    
Accreditation:                             GDC pending
Typical places available:             30
Typical applications received:    120

Scholarships & Bursaries:


Part-Time two-year Programme of Study

The programme shall extend for two calendar years and shall comprise of four semesters which will include:

(a) 40 study days on a day release basis ( 26 days in yr 1 & 14 in yr 2)
(b) Directed self-learning
(c) Practice Placement for a minimum of 2 days per week
(d) Tutorials in the work place
(e) A final assessment in year  2

The programme will consist of 9 modules (to the value of 120 credits) which shall include a Final Assessment  Module of 20 credits plus a work based portfolio of Experience carrying 20 credits, all at Level four.

Study days will be based at the Dental Teaching Unit, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Clinical practical experience will be obtained from practice placements -  two days (14 hours) per  week. 

Learning and Assessment

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired via Lectures, Practicals, Seminars and Guided Study.  More advanced knowledge and understanding is acquired by Independent Study, Computer Aided Learning, Case Studies, Work based learning and Group/team Work.

To gain your range of hands-on experience, learning occurs outside the University in practice placement settings. Placements  increase the diversity of practice, widening your skills base.

There are several elements of assessment for each taught module.

The formative and summative assessment of students’ knowledge and skills will be achieved by a specific combination of methods to assess knowledge, skills, safety and clinical competence. On-script and summative feedback on each assignment or ‘performance’ will help in the development of relevant skills required in producing case reports, practice profiles and broader skills.

Feedback is provided on Study Days and by dental practice supervisors in practice placement.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or their equivalent). The minimum acceptable grade for GCSE being grade C unless stated otherwise.

These GCSEs must include:
GCSE English language at Grade C or above.

All applicants must have:
Two A levels at grade C or above
One A level grade C or above and 2 AS levels

Other:  Applications from those offering alternative qualifications and/or professional experience are welcome.
Please contact the course team for further details:

Pre course interviews for all candidates will take place between March  and May


In 2013, 99% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation.

Employers included a variety of NHS Trusts, specialist dental practice, community dental practice and hospital settings.

Contact Details

Admissions Tutors:     Programme Administrator 
Tel Number:                029 2068 7843
Email address:   
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