Dental Development Programme Short Course


If you're a qualified dental nurse or dental technician without a science based level 3 qualification, this 23-week programme provides an entry route onto our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree courses. You'll choose your preferred progressions route before you start the course. 

On this campus-based, part-time course you'll cover core topics in anatomy and physiology and prepare yourself for higher education study at our Dental Academy.


  • Mode of study: Direct contact, on campus, part-time, 1 day a week
  • Duration: 23 weeks
  • Start and end dates: 8 January - 7 June


  • £4,700

On this course you'll:

  • Access University campus facilities
  • Plan and develop your career
  • Learn from approachable lecturers with practical experience
  • Work with experienced tutors 

  • Meet BSc Dental Academy students

You'll cover:

  • Introduction to biology
  • Biology body systems
  • Learning skills
  • Evidence-based practice

The short course is one day per week spent in lectures, seminars and group work. On this course you will: 

  • develop your understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to the above subjects
  • have opportunities for integration into UPDA
  • develop your critical, analytical, research and communication skills
  • prepare you for level 4 (degree) study and progression
  • develop the skills necessary for life-long independent learning

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written assignments
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • reflective reports

Applications for this course close on 31 July 2019.

Short Course Award
January Start
Part-time Study Mode
23 weeks Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

You must have a recognised Dental Nursing or Dental Technician qualification and registration with the General Dental Council and evidence of continual professional development to take this course.

You'll also need 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, to include maths, English and science

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