Dip Dental Hygiene

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Application method Apply direct to the University
Course duration 2 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 8

About Dip Dental Hygiene

This full-time, 21-month course enables you to become a skilled clinician with a registrable qualification. The Diploma in Dental Hygiene is awarded by the University of Bristol and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

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 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 and patient-management skills with modules in Radiology, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Pathology, and you will undertake a small research project.

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with studying 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 the clinical operator and his or 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. Please visit the Guidelines for students on Disclosure for more information.

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.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Dental Hygiene

Typical offer for Dip Dental Hygiene - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
CC  Biology/Human Biology and 1 other subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
18 points overall including 5 in Higher level Biology
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Biomedical Sciences or Medicine) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAH: CC including Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate offer"Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer60% with 6 in Biology
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentA 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. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsFor application with National Certificate for Dental Nurses: One A-level at grade C or above in Biology/ Human Biology or Chemistry (Biology preferred), or an equivalent level science qualification.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Application direct to DCP school - selection and interview. Interviews comprise several Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI's) including written, verbal and practical tests. If your qualifications were gained outside of the UK, you should also submit an equivalence certificate and International English Language (IELTS) certificate. Please note that qualifications should be achieved prior to applying, we do not offer on predicted grades.

More information

Get in touch

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

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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