Dental Therapy

Dental Therapy courses for 2018

Single Honours

This diploma offers the optimum training experience for registered dental hygienists wishing to train in dental therapy.

The course provides clinical experience and theoretical knowledge over a two year period, enabling you to provide a high level of clinical care and patient management. Through study across a range of units, you will gain all the necessary skills and expertise to work confidently and competently.

Why study Dental Therapy at Bristol?

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio allows for thorough supervision and support throughout this course enabling you to become a highly skilled, competent clinician.

You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods that will enable you to deliver and tailor oral health advice and carry out preventative dental treatments.

Clinical treatment sessions are closely supervised by experienced dental tutors and you will be able to receive immediate feedback on your performance. Through this close supervision, you will develop a sensitive approach to caring for the patients referred to you for treatment.

What kind of student would this course suit?

As a self-motivated dental hygienist, you should have a patient-centred approach. You will already possess a flair for communicating with a diverse range of people with varying needs.

Hand-eye coordination and excellent manual dexterity are required to progress and develop further restorative skills.

Progression after qualification requires a high level of professionalism and commitment to continued professional development, so an interest in learning is essential.

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How is this course taught and assessed?

The majority of this course is spent learning and working in a clinical environment, either in the clinical skills laboratory or in a clinic. Scientific and technical knowledge is taught through traditional lectures, seminars and group teaching alongside laboratory and technical work.

In the latter part of the course you will have the opportunity to work as part of the community-based dental teaching experience at South Bristol Community Hospital.

Methods of assessment include essay writing, multiple short answer questions, e-assessment and continuous clinical assessment. Summative assessment is used for progression throughout the course.

What are my career prospects?

Once qualified, you can register with the General Dental Council. You will be able to work in a variety of settings including general dental practices, salaried dental services, specialist practices, hospitals and industry.

You will be able to provide a range of restorative dental treatments to adults and children and will be a vital part of any dental team. You will also be able to deliver oral healthcare and advice. 

Once qualified, and with suitable experience, you may wish to become a dental hygiene or dental therapy tutor.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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