Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Dental Nursing (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This advanced course is designed to prepare you for an exciting career in dentistry.

Based in an established dental practice, you will provide support during a range of dental treatments in addition to learning about restorative dentistry, prosthesis, endodontics, extraction and infection control.

This course is validated by the General Dental Council, which ensures that your learning is of the highest professional standard, ready for when you enter the industry.

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When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has flexible start dates throughout the year and will take 18 months to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Health and safety
  • First aid and medical emergency
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Decontamination procedure
  • Infection control
  • Assessment of oral health
  • Radiography
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Prosthesis
  • Endodontics
  • Extraction and minor oral surgery

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through portfolio building, tutor observation and assignments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English, maths and one science subject.

If you already have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths but wish to achieve a higher grade, we can support you to do this alongside your course.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility is not dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments do not start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC).

You'll have a wide variety of career opportunities to choose from, such as:

  • Senior Dental Nurse
  • Specialist Dental Nurse in Orthodontics or GA/sedation
  • Oral Health Promotional Officer
  • Radiography Protection Supervisor
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Practice Manager
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dental Tutor
  • Dental Professional within the Ministry of Defence (British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy)

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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