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Dental Nursing (Level 3 Apprenticeship )

City and Guilds
Care & Health

Course Overview

This course is aimed at those already employed or about to be employed as a dental nurse, and who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to enable progression within their chosen area of work or in a specialist area. The qualification focuses on the technical skills and knowledge required of a professional dental nurse. Units of study include direct chairside work and support during a range of dental treatments, organisational and legal requirements which underpin high quality dental care, and the role of the dental nurse in meeting patients’ needs. Students will complete the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma and the Level 2 award in Employment Rights and Responsibilities as part of the full course in a weekly 3 hour class and will also receive one to one support from an assessor.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: City & Guilds Level 3 Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing (City and Guilds)
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022
  • Course: City & Guilds Level 3 Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing (City and Guilds)
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strabane
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Course Modules

  • The impact of health and safety legislation on working practices in the dental setting
  • Recognising and supporting actions during first aid and medical emergencies
  • The safe use of ionising radiation to produce quality radiographic image
  • The safe use of ionising radiation to produce quality radiographic image
  • Preparing for Professional Practice in Dental Nursing
  • Provide information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
  • Assessment of oral health and planning
  • Dental Radiography
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures
  • First Aid Essentials
  • Reducing the risk to health and safety in the dental setting
  • The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Provide chairside support for non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

ApprenticeshipsNI Level 3 is open to employees aged 16-24 or those about to take up permanent paid employment with a Northern Ireland-based company and be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (including 3 hours of class in College) with one employer. If students do not have Level 2 Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT (or equivalent) this will be a mandatory element of the course.

ROI Requirements

Interview with course team to demonstrate the potential to gain the qualification successfully.

Work Placement

Apprentices must be employed or about to take up employment.

What's Next?

Further Study

On completion of this qualification learners may pursue on-going professional development or higher education.

Career Prospects

On completion of this qualification learners may progress in employment as a dental nurse registered with the GDC . Opportunities may include:• specialist dental nursing roles• dental hygiene or therapy• dental technology• dental decontamination• teaching or mentoring• practice management in a dental setting.


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    The variety of subjects and the freedom to explore various themes and projects have helped me find my love for contemporary 3D work and sculpture. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is serious about studying Art & Design. School can’t give you the hands-on experience this course does. It has prepared me for University and helped me achieve my dream of going to Glasgow School of Art!
    Katie Curry
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    I passed my Essential Skills in English after taking a community course with NWRC, through the Roe Valley Residents Association. The class was very relaxed and I had a brilliant tutor in Conal McNickle. I would highly recommend taking a class at your local community hub, and I’m now considering further learning with the College.
    Kathryn Morgan (Limavady)

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