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Teesside University

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

UCAS Code: B750

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


104-112 UCAS tariff points from 2 or 3 A levels including 32 points from biology.

Pass QAA recognised Access course with 27 level 3 credits at merit including merit in a biology unit with a minimum of 77 points. Can accept communication and mathematics modules at level 2 in place of GCSE grade C English Language and mathematics.

Minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points from 4 or 5 Irish highers/honours subjects including a minimum of 18 UCAS tariff points (H4) from biology.

D*D in a science, health or dental related subject.

Minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers including 40 points from biology Advanced Higher. Plus 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, maths and science.

Minimum of 117 UCAS tariff points from 4 or 5 Highers including a minimum of 27 points from Higher in biology. Plus 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language, maths and science.

UCAS Tariff

104-112
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Dental nursing

**This course is now full for September 2018 entry.****Summary**: This dual qualification is regarded as the emerging future of dental care, now incorporating Direct Access (see GDC website) with a holistic approach to treating and preventing the two most common dental diseases periodontal disease and dental caries.**Course details**: The dental hygienist and dental therapist provides all types of preventive and non-surgical periodontal treatment and a variety of restorative and caries preventive treatments to adults and children, working with precision instruments and using technique-specific materials. As a competent, accountable, problem-solving and evidence-based practitioner, you need excellent manual dexterity and communication skills to meet the high expectations and demands of the modern dental practice. You need to be able to effectively communicate with the public and other healthcare providers at all levels. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their dental hygienist and therapist and therefore to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution: working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.This course provides unique modules which facilitate research skills throughout the three-year duration. It also includes the teaching of leadership and management to prepare you for your future career. The course is designed to ensure you meet the standards and skills necessary to enable you to register with the General Dental Council and hold the title of dental hygienist and dental therapist. Find out more: www.gdc-uk.org, www.badt.org.uk or www.BSDHT.org.uk. Throughout the course, as part of the placement experience, you will be required to participate in a shift pattern rota or work weekends.**After the course**: On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Dental Council and to use the titles dental hygienist and dental therapist. Employment prospects are excellent; once registered, you will be eligible to work in general dental practice, private practice, hospital departments, community dental services, specialist practices, defence medical services, dental access centres and research.

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment methods

The course comprises 50% theoretical study and 50% practical work. The use of the phantom head skills laboratory is pivotal in the practical teaching. Your theoretical learning takes place in a variety of settings and contexts, using different methods to achieve the learning outcomes, including lectures, seminars, facilitated debates, research-informed teaching, peer and group work as well as problem-solving sessions. All subjects are supported by e-learning, including pre and post reading as well as quizzes. You are provided with a personal tutor who monitors your clinical and theoretical development throughout the three year course. The teaching of clinical treatments initially begins in the state-of-the-art phantom head skills laboratory - a simulated clinical environment. Once you become skilled at basic practical treatments, you will be allowed to progress on to the dental treatment clinic to begin practising your skills on patients. You develop your clinical skills in an incremental manner, returning to the phantom head skills laboratory when required. Practical assessments include task-specific examinations, essential competencies and case studies. Clinical lecturers observe your practical skills, supporting your emerging clinical development, meeting the required clinical standards you should achieve prior to assessments. Theoretical assessments are varied, including essays, assignments, written examinations, presentations, vivas and a final-year dissertation.

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Health and Social Care

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
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Dental nursing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Nursing (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
55%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C

After graduation


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Nursing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
98%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
0%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
0%
Caring personal services
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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Dental nursing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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