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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Completion of this qualification will enable learners to register with the General Dental Council and find employment as a Dental Nurse. Learners may then progress to qualifications in the following areas
-Dental sedation
-Dental radiography
-Dental technology
-Oral health education
-Special care dental nursing
-Orthodontic nursing
-Dental practice management

With additional entry requirements Dental Nursing can lead to other career pathways including
Dental Therapist, Dental Hygienist, Orthodontic Therapist, Laboratory Technician, Senior Nurse, Practice Manager, Lecturer and Teacher and Assessor of Dental Students.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners need to be at least 16 years old.

You will require GCSEs at grade A*- C/9-4 including English or successful completion of a Level 2 qualification at a high grade.

You will need to undertake an interview in college demonstrating interest and commitment to study.

What does this programme involve?

This qualification focuses on direct chair-side work and support during a range of dental treatments. It encompasses the underpinning ethics, professionalism, teamwork and communication required to work as a Dental Nurse. Methods of teaching will include lectures, small and large group work and independent research, demonstration of practical skills in our mock surgery as well as experience in the workplace.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Assessment of this qualification includes observations of practical skills in the workplace, external online assessments, projects and work products. All learners are required to be in employment as a trainee dental nurse for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

What else do I need to know?

It is recommended that students purchase a programme textbook, details of which can be obtained at the start of the term. Students are required to provide their own stationery and memory stick.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
DEDNB Eastleigh College 19/3/2019 Tue 19:00 – 21:00 11 Apply now
DEDNA Eastleigh College 10/9/2019 Tue 19:00 – 21:00 30 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

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Lucy studied Dental Nursing and has now landed herself a job a local dental surgery in the New Forest


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