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University of Portsmouth

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

UCAS Code: B750

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

Entry requirements


120 Tariff points from 3 A levels, including a pure Science subject at grade B. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science- must have pure Science element).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56, to include a Principal Subject in Science at M2.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level, to include 6 points from a Higher Level in a pure Science subject. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

To include a Higher Level in a pure Science subject at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Must be in a Science subject

120 Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including a pure Science subject at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

120

120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 40 points from a pure Science subject. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.

5%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

**Overview**
If you want to be a dental hygienist or therapist, this BSc (Hons) Dental and Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree course gives you the theory and practical skills to become a vital member of the dental team.

In our Dental Academy, you’ll develop skills that allow you to complete treatments on patients, such as fillings, radiographs and impressions. You’ll study and develop your skills alongside other members of the dental team.

After you complete the course, you’ll be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist and embark on a career treating patients in locations such as dental practices and in community dental services.

**On this degree course, you'll:**
- Develop the knowledge, skills and professionalism you need to provide dental care to patients and become a trusted member of the dental team

- Study on a course that's professionally accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC), providing industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification

- Practise the skills you’ll use in your career in our model clinical practice, with dental treatment bays and simulation technology including our Phantom Head skill lab and radiography equipment

- Work in a dental team alongside dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment

- Have the chance to take part in community healthcare projects, providing additional patient-focused work experience

**Work experience and career planning**
This course focuses on applying your new knowledge and building the practical skills needed to succeed in a clinical environment throughout your career.

You can also get experience with patients in community settings as part of the course. For example:
- outreach activity in community surgeries and maxillofacial departments in local hospitals

- oral health promotion

- supervised tooth brushing in infant schools

- helping staff to develop oral care plans in residential homes

- providing dental screening to offenders in the probation service

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during the course. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete the course you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC). You'll be qualified to work in areas such as:
- general dental practice

- hospital dental services

- the Armed Forces

- the NHS

- health promotion

- owning and managing a dental business of your own

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- dental hygienist and therapist

- oral health educator

- practice manager

- practice owner

You could also continue your studies or do research at postgraduate level.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

**Professional accreditations**
This course is accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). This allows you to register with the GDC when you complete the course.

The GDC continually assess the course to make sure it meets the standard required for accreditation, so you’ll know you’re getting the most relevant and up-to-date teaching available.

**Values and the NHS Constitution**
We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Modules

Core units in your first year include foundations of clinical practice, an introduction to behavioural science, an introduction to human sciences, personal and professional development and pre-clinical practice. In your second year you will study from the core units: advanced behavioural science, advanced human science, clinical practice, dental radiology and dental imaging and professional development and team work. Final year core units include clinical practice in the wider community, comprehensive clinical practice, management and leadership for DCP practice, oral surgery and oral medicine and researching professional.

Assessment methods

On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework assessment. You will be expected to complete coursework throughout the year, whereas exams take place at the end of the academic year.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£25,400
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£25,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science

TEF rating:

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