2024 entry

BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy (B750)

Course overview

BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy (B750)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: ABB

A-level contextual offer: BBC

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

3 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS


£9,250 per year, home students

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International students

Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.


Clifton campus, Placements

Bristol Dental School has a long and established history of training programmes in both dental hygiene and dental therapy. Based in our new state-of-the-art Dental School from autumn 2023, BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy students will have access to cutting-edge technology, experienced dental professionals in a purpose-built facility. This course provides an exciting opportunity to study alongside undergraduate students on the BDS Dentistry course.

Launched in 2019, the BSc was accredited by the General Dental Council in June 2022. The Inspection Report highlighted: 'One of the strengths of this programme is the relationships between staff and students, and the open-door policy is valued by all students undertaking this programme.'

The three-year degree comprises integrated and compulsory units of academic teaching, clinical skills and practice and dissertation.

Year one provides you with essential preclinical teaching and training, in addition to your introduction to personal and professional development (PPD) and patient contact on the Periodontal Clinic.

In year two term one you will complete operative techniques in restorative dentistry which is integrated with the dental undergraduate students (BDS) and start to treat adult restorative patients.

In your final year you will have completed your preclinical training in paediatric dentistry alongside continued clinical development, treating adult and paediatric restorative and periodontal patients. You will work within a simulated clinical practice environment, treating a wide range of patients with a variety of needs, working towards a holistic approach of patient management.

You will complete an individual research project in an area of dentistry relevant to your role as a hygienist/therapist as well as completing your final modules in order to gain a BSc (Hons) in Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

This course is accredited 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.

Course structure

Each year comprises of four units:

  • Foundations for Practice: the underpinning knowledge for safe and effective patient care.
  • Clinical Skills: learning the skills needed for your clinical work using manikin heads in the clinical skills laboratories.
  • Clinical Practice: applying your knowledge and skills to patient care on the clinics at the Dental School and community clinics.
  • Personal and Professional Development: becoming a rounded dental professional, able to self reflect, understand your legal and ethical remit as set out by your governing body the General Dental Council, and develop skills such as communication and leadership.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

No specific subjects required.

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Additional requirements

Work experience is required - please see the Admissions Statement.

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Selection process

  • We select successful applicants based on the UCAS application and interview that includes written and practical tests. If you are offered a place you will have to pass a health assessment and undergo a DBS check.
  • Full information about our selection processes for this course:
  • Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement:

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