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Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Dental Nursing (Apprenticeship)

Please note, this is an example apprenticeship programme. There may not currently be any live vacancies so for a full list of our apprenticeship vacancies, visit our Job Shop

The dental industry is an increasingly competitive and expanding profession and in the UK alone, it is worth around £9 billion.

Dental Nurses assist Dentists with all aspects of patient care, from sterilising instruments and recording patient information to passing instruments and participating during advanced, specialist treatment.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprenticeship standards show what you as an apprentice will be doing, and the skills required of the job role. The apprenticeship incorporates typical job roles, knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the standard.

How much will I earn?

When undertaking an apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a qualified Dental Nurse.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

The responsibilities of the role are to provide chair side support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care.

Dental Nurses may work in a variety of clinical environments and the apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and duties of a Dental Nurse's role and will provide the apprentice with the relevant qualification to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) for professional registration as a Dental Nurse.

The role will include:

  • Using appropriate communication to always maintain professionalism through all media to provide patient-centred care
  • Preparing and maintaining the clinical environment
  • Carrying out infection control procedures
  • Preparing, mixing, and handling materials
  • Keeping accurate and current patient records
  • Preparing equipment and materials for dental radiographs
  • Giving appropriate oral and general health advice to patients
  • Recognising and dealing with medical emergencies
  • Taking responsibility for your own professional development in line with General Dental Council requirements
  • Contributing to the quality improvement of the service

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

You will need excellent communication skills, time management skills, good organisational skills, teamworking skills and the ability to use your own initiative.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

However, for this apprenticeship, GCSE English and maths at grade 4 or above, or functional skills level 2, would be essential. If you do not have this, you can study English and maths at College before undertaking an apprenticeship.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 24 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, College attendance once a week is required, workplace assessments will be observed by your assessor and you will be assessed by an end point assessment. The end point assessment will include an observation and a professional discussion - all of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship has been developed in response to the increasing demand for highly skilled employees in a wide range of organisations and to up skill the existing workforce to meet their skills priorities.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you could progress on to the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

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

If you're interested in studying an apprenticeship or would like more information, please fill in our enquiry form and a member of team will contact you to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have.

Ref: Julie McKenzie


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