Dip Dental Therapy

2017 entry

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Application method Apply direct to the University

All applications must be submitted directly to the Dental Care Professionals (DCP) School and received by 31 October to be considered for entry the following April. Late applications may be considered depending on the circumstances.

Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study 2 year(s) part-time
Part-time study on two consecutive days per week over two years
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 6
Number of places for 2017/18 6

About Dip Dental Therapy

This part-time course provides qualified dental hygienists with the opportunity to train and register as a dental therapist. The Diploma is awarded by the University of Bristol and registered with the General Dental Council. 

The Diploma comprises three compulsory themes:

  • adult restorative dentistry
  • dental materials
  • paediatric dentistry.

Pre-clinical training begins in term one in a dedicated clinical skills teaching laboratory and prepares you for seeing your first patient in term two.

You will gain clinical experience at Bristol Dental Hospital and at South Bristol Community Hospital. The concept of collaborative practice is a key theme throughout your course and you will be working and training alongside dental hygienists, dental undergraduates and dental nurses. The course is subject to a number of thorough clinical and theoretical assessments.

All applicants should have already completed a Certificate or Diploma in Dental Hygiene and must satisfy the learning outcome requirements of the General Dental Council's document as published at the time of gaining their qualification.

For example, The First Five Years/Preparing for Practice, lists:

  1. A registered Dental Hygienist with current GDC registration;
  2. Evidence of core training and experience in LIA and Inferior Dental Block anaesthesia application;
  3. Evidence of core training in Radiography and current IR(ME)R certification;
  4. Portfolio of mandatory Continued Professional Development;
  5. Commitment to complete the two-year training programme.

International applicants must satisfy the English language requirements listed below and be registered with the General Dental Council; this will be reflected in the terms of any subsequent offer. The academic requirements and interview process for international applicants are exactly the same as those for home applicants.

More about Dental Therapy

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

Course structure

First year

  • Preclinical Dentistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Special Care Dentistry
  • Applied Pharmacology Pain and Anxiety Control

Second year

  • Clinical Practice
  • Dental Radiography
  • Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery Medicine and Pathology
  • Integrated Clinical Practice (Community Based Teaching).
Further details about the course structure for Dental Therapy

Typical offer for Dip Dental Therapy

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English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Academic qualificationsAll applicants should have completed a Certificate or Diploma in Dental Hygiene and have met the GDC’s learning outcome requirements at the time, as described above. International applicants must meet the same criteria as home applicants, and satisfy the English language requirements.

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact:
Phone: +44 (0)117 0117 342 4136
Email: donna.parkin@uhbristol.nhs.uk

Fees and funding

For information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit fees and funding.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

Key information about this course

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  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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