Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Diploma of Higher Education
The Higher Education Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy is a 27-month course that is full time.

Our graduates receive professional accreditation by the General Dental Council as dental hygienists and dental therapists.

Our teaching is driven by world-class research. You'll learn about the new techniques and advances that are rapidly taking place in the field of dentistry. Throughout the course we'll teach you the theory alongside the clinical practice, so you'll develop an understanding of the science behind the clinical application. We believe in training the dental team as a whole, so you'll learn together with dental students in a way that prepares you better for practice.

Our students find the course provides them with opportunities to explore ideas, apply what they have learnt and to achieve their best. This is reflected in the National Student Survey where we consistently achieve 100 per cent overall student satisfaction.

Our combination of world-class research, integrated teaching, first-class facilities and significant clinical experience produces well-rounded dental professionals.

We send all our second-year students on a series of placements in primary care settings in Yorkshire and the East Midlands. It's one of the most rigorous placement programmes in the UK. You'll work in a variety of dental practices and contribute to primary care dentistry within a community. It will sharpen your skills, expose you to a wide range of patient types and procedures, and give you a head start to your career.

The course begins with a range of lectures, seminars, interactive tutorials and shadowing on clinics. Topics covered include the human body in health and disease, and law, ethics and professionalism. We'll also introduce you to a variety of study skills to help you thrive at University. You'll begin clinical skills training straight away to develop the skills to treat and manage patients. You'll learn about oral disease, and health promotion and education. You'll also benefit from our 3D simulation suite where you can practise dentistry in a virtual reality environment.

The second year is mainly clinical. You'll treat your own patients and work in specialist departments within the dental hospital, including paediatric dentistry, implantology, oral surgery and radiography. We'll also give you the skills to treat patients directly without a dentist's prescription.

All our students plan and deliver their own scheme to promote oral health for a targeted group of people. Previous schemes were developed in primary schools and residential care homes. Towards the end of your course we will focus on important workplace issues, to give you the best possible start to your career.

When you undertake clinical training in NHS hospitals you must adhere to local NHS policies including guidelines on behaviour and dress and the need to be 'bare below the elbow'.

How to apply
Entry is in April 2020. You need to apply directly to the School of Clinical Dentistry, not through UCAS. The closing date for applications is the end of September 2019.
Diploma of Higher Education Award
Study Mode
3 years Duration

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