Dip Dental Therapy

2018 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.

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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 2016/17 6
Number of places for 2018/19 6

About Dip Dental Therapy

This part-time course provides qualified dental hygienists with the opportunity to train and register as dental therapists. 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. This 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. They 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' and 'Preparing for practice' list:

  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

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

International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

All 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.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

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.

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 form direct to the DCP School - selection and interview. This includes a written assessment/task. If you gained your qualification from outside the UK you should bring evidence of registration with the General Dental Council.

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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

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