Dental Hygiene BSc (Hons)

Overview

If you want a career as a dental hygienist, working as a crucial part of the dental team to treat and prevent oral disease, this BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree course is for you.

Studying in our Dental Academy, you’ll get the skills and knowledge for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), which is essential for practicing as a dental hygienist. After the course, you can take your skills into areas such as general dental practice, hospital dental services or the armed forces.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn how to treat oral disease and promote oral health
  • Be taught in our Dental Academy, which has the latest technology used in dental practices including 2 clinics with 44 dental treatment bays, 2 individual surgeries, a phantom head room, a decontamination suite, and radiography booths
  • Get out of the classroom to perform dental procedures and patient management in the Dental Academy alongside other members of the dental team
  • Take part in community outreach projects in the local area
  • Build your experience in working as part of a dental team, studying alongside dental therapy, dental nursing and dental students as well as qualified professionals

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • guided reading

Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and you'll be fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • computer examinations
  • presentations
  • coursework

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Dental Hygiene degree?

You'll be qualified to work in areas such as:

  • general dental practice
  • hospital dental services
  • the Armed Forces
  • the NHS
  • health promotion

What jobs can you do with a Dental Hygiene degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • dental hygienist
  • oral health educator
  • practice manager
  • practice owner

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

Work experience and career planning

This course focuses on applying your knowledge and building the practical skills you need to succeed in a clinical environment after 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 for diverse groups, such as 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 and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

128-136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 40 points from a pure Science subject. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. 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. 

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

University of Portsmouth in Pictures

Upcoming Open Days at University of Portsmouth

04
DEC

Undergraduate Open Day

04 Dec 2021, 10:00 AM - 04 Dec 2021, 15:00 PM University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB
Visit Website
Book your place at an Open Day, and take your first steps towards the experience of a lifetime. You'll get a taste for undergrad life in Portsmouth and we'll help you explore our island city, student life and the University. Sign up now to save your place and get your questions answered. We hope to hold this event on campus, but should circumstances mean we have to change to a virtual event, we'll let you know.

Latest Updates from University of Portsmouth

Location of University of Portsmouth