Dip Dental Hygiene

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Application method Apply direct to the University
Course duration 2 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of places for 2016/17 8

About Dip Dental Hygiene

This full-time 21-month course enables you to become a skilled clinician with a registrable qualification. Pre-clinical training starts in term one in a dedicated clinical skills teaching laboratory and prepares you for seeing your first patient at the beginning of the second term. You will gain clinical experience at the Bristol Dental Hospital and the new South Bristol Community Hospital, where you will work alongside Dentistry undergraduates and Dental Therapy students. The Diploma in Dental Hygiene is awarded by the University of Bristol and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

The diploma is made up of 11 compulsory units, starting in year one with introductory units in Biomedical Sciences, Dental Instrumentation, Regional Anatomy, Behavioural Science and Health Informatics. In year two you will build on your clinical skills and patient-management skills with modules in Radiology, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Pathology. You will also undertake a small research project.

The course is subject to a number of thorough clinical and theoretical assessments. Certain health conditions may be incompatible with a career in dental hygiene. You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and visit our occupational health department before starting the course. Blood screening and inoculations may be recommended before you can start clinical work. Health status is essential to protect both clinical operator and his/her patients.

Working with the general public demands a commitment to exemplary personal and professional conduct. In accordance with the General Dental Council guidelines on Fitness to Practise, some applicants may not be suitable for a career in dental hygiene. For example, if you have a criminal conviction you may not be considered. All new students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), in line with other health-related programmes in the UK.

More about Dental Hygiene

Find out more about studying Dental Hygiene at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Skills and Clinical Practice 1
  • Personal & Professional Development 1
  • Human Disease
  • Periodontal Disease 1
  • Oral Health Science 1

Second year

  • Radiology
  • Skills and Clinical Practice 2
  • Personal & Professional Development 2
  • Periodontal Disease 2
  • Oral Health Science 2
  • Research Project
  • Community teaching placements.
Further details about the course structure for Dental Hygiene

Typical offer for Dip Dental Hygiene

(including international A-levels)
CC  Biology/Human Biology and 1 other subject
IB Diploma 18 points overall including 5 in Higher level Biology
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Biomedical Sciences or Medicine) with at least 39 credits at Merit and/or Distinction
BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in a relevant biology based scientific subject (e.g. Applied Biology) at merit level or above (minimum 12 units)
SQAAH: CC including Biology
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB60% with 6 in Biology
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, including English and Double Science. If a single science is offered, Biology is preferred.
Academic qualificationsNational Certificate for Dental Nurses, plus an A-level at grade C or above in Biology/ Human Biology or an equivalent level of study in Biology/ Human Biology (see above options)

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact:
Phone: +44 (0)117 342 4136
Email: donna.parkin@uhbristol.nhs.uk

Fees and funding

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

General Dental Council (GDC) The General Dental Council quality assures and approves qualifications for registration, for the following registrant groups: Dentists; dental hygienists; dental therapists; dental nurses; clinical dental technicians; dental technicians; and orthodontic therapists.

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