Why study this course
Fully funded places available
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available for BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene students and DipHE Dental Hygiene students.
General Dental Council (GDC)
Our programme is validated by the General Dental Council (GDC).
Real-life clinical skills
You will spend time in local outreach facilities in year two gaining real-life clinical skills.
Gan mai ni yw’r unig Ysbyty Deintyddol yng Nghymru bydd gennych gyfle i wasanaethu a rheoli grŵp amrywiol o gleifion sydd ag amrywiaeth eang o glefydau deintyddol.
Mae hylenwyr deintyddol yn gweithio’n agos gydag aelodau eraill o’r tîm deintyddol. Gall hylenydd deintyddol gyflawni triniaethau megis tynnu cen a sgleinio, hybu iechyd y geg a gwneud gwaith selio holltau ataliol ar gyfer oedolion a phlant.
Cwrs dwy flynedd yw ein rhaglen ac fe'i dilysir gan y Cyngor Deintyddol Cyffredinol (GDC). Rydym yn cynnig cymysgedd cyffrous o addysgu ac elfennau ymarferol. Mae’r rhaglen fodiwlaidd yn gwneud defnydd integredig o addysgu yn null darlithoedd, seminarau rhyngweithiol, efelychu clinigol ac ymarfer clinigol.
Cewch eich addysgu gan dîm ymroddedig o staff deintyddol hylendid, a bydd rhyngweithio pellach dan oruchwyliaeth a chyda chefnogaeth ymgynghorwyr a goruchwylwyr gofal sylfaenol. Mae gan lawer enw rhyngwladol yn eu meysydd arbenigedd, fel yr adlewyrchir ym mherfformiad diweddar yr ysgol yn y Fframwaith Rhagoriaeth Ymchwil, sydd wedi’i osod yn gyntaf yn y DU o ran ei Uned Asesu.
Mae gennym glinigau deintyddol o’r radd flaenaf sydd ar gael ar draws yr Ysgol, sy’n hwyluso addysgu o’r gadair ochr mewn amgylchedd proffesiynol a gofalgar. Byddwch hefyd yn elwa ar ein cyfleusterau addysgu cyn-glinigol (pen phantom) a adnewyddwyd am £2.2m. Mae gennym Lyfrgell Ddeintyddol benodedig yn yr Ysgol Deintyddiaeth a adnewyddwyd yn ddiweddar. Mae’n gartref i gasgliad eang o lyfrau a mannau astudio preifat i gynorthwyo eich dysgu. Byddwch hefyd yn cael defnyddio ystafelloedd TG israddedig a gwerth £1.5m o ddarlithfeydd.
Ym mlwyddyn 1, byddwch yn treulio eich amser yn dysgu am y gwyddorau biofeddygol, pynciau clefyd dynol a chlefydau’r geg a’u hatal. Bydd modiwl rhagarweiniol ar ymarfer clinigol yn cael ei gynnal yn ystod tymor dau, gyda’r nod o’ch paratoi ar gyfer eich cyswllt cyntaf â chleifion yn nhymor tri.
Mae eich cyfle i ymgysylltu â chleifion a’u cymell a darparu triniaethau clinigol cyfoes yn golygu bod Hylendid Deintyddol yn yrfa fydd yn eich ysgogi. Bydd gennych yr holl wybodaeth, y sgiliau a'r ymddygiadau sydd eu hangen i'ch paratoi ar gyfer amgylchedd gwaith hylendid deintyddol.
Wrth gymhwyso, bydd clinigwyr yn cofrestru gyda’r Cyngor Deintyddol Cyffredinol ac yn gallu gweithio mewn meysydd amrywiol yn y sector deintyddol: ymarfer cyffredinol; clinigau deintyddol cymunedol; ysbytai addysgu ac ysgolion deintyddol yn ogystal â chyfleoedd yn y lluoedd arfog.
CC-CD. Rhaid cynnwys gradd C mewn Bioleg neu Fioleg Ddynol.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
MM mewn BTEC mewn Gwyddoniaeth Gymhwysol neu Feddygol.
17 yn gyffredinol neu 55 mewn 2 bwnc HL. Rhaid cynnwys gradd 5 mewn Bioleg.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
Rhaid i chi gael:
- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C/4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Haen 4 arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.
- pedwar TGAU ar radd C/4, neu gymwysterau cyfatebol (lefel a gradd).
Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.
Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar radd benodol y cwrs a gofynion pwnc.
Cyn i chi gychwyn ar eich cwrs, bydd angen i chi gael gwiriad iechyd - gan gynnwys sgrinio am firysau a gludir yn y gwaed - gan ein Gwasanaeth Iechyd Galwedigaethol. Os nad ydych yn imiwn i Hepatitis B, bydd angen i chi gwblhau rhaglen imiwneiddio lawn cyn cymryd rhan mewn gweithdrefnau clinigol.
Bydd angen i chi hefyd fod wedi cael brechiad Tetanws yn ystod y 10 mlynedd diwethaf.
Nid yw bod â firws a gludir yn y gwaed neu glefydau heintus eraill yn eich atal rhag cwblhau'r cwrs hwn a chael cofrestriad y Cyngor Deintyddol Cyffredinol, ond ni fydd rhai arbenigeddau yn agored i chi yn ystod hyfforddiant nac yn eich gyrfa.
Os oes gennych fater iechyd y credwch a allai gael effaith ar eich gallu i astudio neu ymarfer, cysylltwch â ni cyn cyflwyno cais.
Bydd gofyn i chi gwblhau gwiriad DBS (Gwasanaeth Gwahardd Datgelu) a yw'ch cais yn llwyddiannus. Os ydych chi'n gwneud cais o rai gwledydd dramor, efallai y bydd angen Tystysgrif Ymddygiad Da. Os oes gennych euogfarn droseddol berthnasol, bydd hyn yn cael ei nodi yn y gwiriad a gallai effeithio ar eich gallu i gofrestru ar y cwrs. Dylai ymgeiswyr sydd ar y rhestr wahardd fod yn ymwybodol bod gwneud cais i'r cwrs hwn yn debygol o gael ei ystyried yn drosedd.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Interview or selection process
We won’t make an offer without an interview.
All applicants must meet the minimum requirements at Level 2 (typically GCSE) and Level 3 (typically A-level) in order to be eligible for consideration for interview. When selecting applicants for interview, preference will be given to applicants that have a grade A/7 in GCSE English language (or equivalent).
Our interview process
We use the multiple mini interview (MMI) format, which is a series of short, carefully timed interview stations that you will rotate around in turn.
The MMIs help us to determine if you:
- can think on your feet
- have thought about some of the issues that are important to the profession
- can critically appraise information
- can communicate ideas effectively.
They also focus on exploring the personal qualities and attributes that are important to your future career development.
These interviews allow us to meet you in person and assess information that isn’t always readily forthcoming in the application process—they aren’t intended to test the amount of prior knowledge you have about the subject or the profession.
Students from the UK
A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs, is available to applicants from the UK. Full details, including information for applicants from the EU, are available on our NHS funding pages.
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
An NHS placement is a required part of this course. The NHS only makes placements available to students who are eligible to pay UK fees. Therefore, this course is not available for international students.
Course specific equipment
You do not need any specific equipment.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
We offer two closely allied programmes: a Diploma in Dental Hygiene (two year programme) and a BSc in Dental Hygiene and Therapy (three year programme), both of which are modular, running in parallel for their first two years.
Throughout the programmes the teaching and implementation of professionalism is critical. You will be taught aspects of law and ethics in dentistry as well as the practicalities of dental treatments, and to recognise the importance and necessity of your lifelong and professional development.
Your opportunity to engage and motivate patients and provide contemporary clinical treatments make dental hygiene a stimulating career.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.
During your first year you will study biomedical sciences, human disease subjects and oral disease and its prevention. An introductory module to clinical practice takes place in term two with the aim of preparing you for your first patient contact in term three.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Biomedical Sciences||DE7102||20 credits|
|Human Diseases||DE7103||20 credits|
|Oral Diseases and their Prevention||DE7104||20 credits|
|Dental Radiography (Year 1)||DE7105||10 credits|
|Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (DipDH)||DE7108||20 credits|
|Clinical Practice Year 1 (DipDH)||DE7109||30 credits|
During year two your course subjects will include dental radiology, oral medicine, and dental public health. The focus will then turn to periodontology (gum disease) and its clinical treatment. During this year you will also be managing your own patients under supervision.
In year two you will also have the opportunity to attend clinical placements at local ‘outreach’ dental clinics, providing treatment to the dental public in situations closely allied to the general practice arena. In some of these areas you will work alongside dental students in a teamwork approach to patient care.
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
Teaching on the programme is integrated, so you will learn the scientiﬁc and pathological processes underlying oral and dental disease at the same time as you acquire the clinical skills to manage patients appropriately. We use a variety of methods to enrich your learning experience. These include lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, direct clinical teaching and e-learning packages. You will be encouraged to research topics and on occasions to present work to your peers.
Knowledge, skills and professional attitudes are assessed both formatively and summatively throughout the course, using a range of assessment tools. Assessment tasks include written examinations and assignments, clinical case reports, practical skills tests, projects, portfolios, competency assessments, online assessments, oral presentations and clinical examinations.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities
Guided independent study
Scheduled learning and teaching activities
Guided independent study
How will I be supported?
You will receive the support of personal tutors based at the School of Dentistry. When on placements, you will be supported by an experienced clinical lead.
General communication will be delivered via Learning Central, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, to which all students have access. Notes from lectures and other course material, as well as online assessments, will be available on Learning Central. Our SMS Service also allows important information to be sent directly to mobile phones.
The School of Dentistry operates an inclusive curriculum policy. This means that, for most academic assessments, reasonable adjustments can be made in line with recommendations from Student Support. High professional standards are expected, and although reasonable adjustments will be met as far as possible, the School will need to consider the requirements of the General Dental Council. If you have concerns regarding adjustments you may need, we are happy to discuss the nature, implications and potential solutions as part of the pre-application process.
Formative feedback is provided following assessment tasks and during clinical encounters both verbally and as digitally recorded written feedback. Students are encouraged to use personalised feedback to inform their future learning. Assessments at each level are scheduled at appropriate stages, and are identifiable within an assessment blueprint.
What skills will I practise and develop?
- Clinical Skills. You will develop the clinical skills required to graduate as an independent practising dental hygienist.
- Team-working. You will undertake a variety of group-based activities, working in pairs and alternating between operating and assisting. This develops your ability to work collaboratively. We ensure that you work closely with the wider dental team, including: NHS consultants, dental care professionals, dental nurses, dental technicians and administrative staff.
- Communication skills. You will develop the ability to communicate effectively throughout the course, from formal lectures to interaction with individuals from different backgrounds. You are expected to demonstrate this ability through a commitment to a reflective practice ePortfolio.
- Self-directed learning. You are expected to commit a substantial amount of time to self- directed learning, using the vast information resource provided. Your ability to drive your learning and development will be vital in continued personal and professional development.
- Information technology. Skills will be developed through Computer Aided Learning, Word Processing, Statistical Packages, Presentation software, information skills and the computer-based patient booking and electronic record system SALUD.
Upon graduation, as a result of engaging fully with the course, you will be able to:
- fulfil the requirements and curriculum presented by the General Dental Council;
- understand the main disciplines relevant to the role of dental hygienists;
- promote team working skills with an appreciation of working in a multi-cultural environment;
- deal with clinical situations and the management of patients;
- contribute to the dental workforce;
- demonstrate critical independence, intellectual integrity and practical skills in the context of safe clinical practice;
- demonstrate competency at the range of procedures identified by the GDC.
Careers and placements
Our students have one the best employability records amongst the UK dental schools, in 2017 100% of our undergraduate students were in employment 6-months post qualification. Key destinations include Primary Dental Practice, Hospital Dental Practice, Academic or Research posts.
On qualification, clinicians register with the General Dental Council and are able to work in various areas of the dental sector: general dental practice; community dental clinics; teaching hospitals and dental schools as well as opportunities in the armed forces.
- Specialist dental practice
- Community dental practice
- Medical research posts
In years two you will have the opportunity to attend clinical placements at local outreach dental clinics, providing treatment to the dental public in situations closely allied to the general practice arena. In some of these areas you will work alongside dental students in a teamwork approach to patient care.