Course details

A Levels See below Other entry requirements
UCAS code DENU03
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Dentistry Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

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Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

100% overall student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2017

Course description

The Higher Education Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy lasts 27 months. Funding for this course is currently under review. For up-to-date information on how the course is funded, please see the School of Clinical Dentistry's website.

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. We also believe in training the whole dental team together so you'll learn alongside 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 integrated teaching and practical experience produces caring, confident professionals. This course is accredited by the General Dental Council.

Most universities train their dental hygiene and dental therapy students in one clinic. 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. Treating patients of all ages and backgrounds in real work environments sharpens your skills and gives you a head start in 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. 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. You need to apply directly to the School of Clinical Dentistry, not through UCAS. The closing date for applications is the end of September.

Future course provision
Our next expected intake is scheduled for April 2019. The provision of this and subsequent intakes, including programme funding, is under review. Please see the School of Clinical Dentistry website for up-to-date information.

Modules: what you study and when

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C including Maths, English Language and a science subject. Plus one of the below:
A Levels CC including one science subject (preferably Biology)
BTEC BTEC level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a relevant science subject (preferably Biology) grade MM or MMM. To include at least 90 credits or 540 GLH in relevant sciences subjects (preferably Biology) at grade M
Other qualifications Level 3 Dental Nurse Qualification plus two nationally recognised post-qualification certificates
Level 3 Dental Nurse Qualification plus one A Level in a relevant science subject (preferably Biology) at grade C
Level 5 Foundation Degree in Dental Nursing
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3 at grade Merit including 36 Level 3 credits in relevant science subjects (preferably Biology) with grade Merit
A degree in a relevant science subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Any changes to course provision may affect our entry requirements
  • If your first language isn't English you may need to take a language test - for example IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in each component
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of Clinical Dentistry

Our teaching is driven by world-class research. Our placement programme for students is outstanding.

You'll learn the value of evidence-based dentistry and how to apply it to clinical practice. Many of our staff are internationally respected for their research. Some are general dental practitioners with years of clinical experience.

We believe in training the whole team together. Our dentistry and dental hygiene and therapy students learn alongside each other in a way that helps to prepare them for practice. Our combination of integrated teaching and practical experience produces caring, confident professionals.

Most of our teaching takes place in the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital which is attached to the School of Clinical Dentistry. We also have links with the Medical School and the local community.

School of Clinical Dentistry website

What our graduates do

A200 Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Most graduates apply for a one-year Dental Foundation (DF) training programme. This provides you with a supportive environment where you can continue to develop your skills and experience to the point where you become an independent practitioner. Successful completion of the DF year enables you to work in an NHS practice. All of our students who graduated in July 2017 were successful in gaining a DF training place.

After their DF year, most graduates find work in general dental practices, in the community dental service or sometimes in the armed forces. Some choose to undertake further specialist training to enable them to become speciality dentists, hospital or academic consultants or to become researchers. A number of our graduates choose to return to the school later in their careers to teach.

DENU03 Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
Our graduates receive professional accreditation as dental hygienists and dental therapists. They work in the community dental service, hospital service, local NHS and private dental practices. Others go on to clinical research. A number of our graduates choose to return to university later in their careers to teach.

Student profile

Edward Ashcroft - Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Studying Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at Sheffield has been a thoroughly positive experience and an excellent decision. The course not only gives you the information to do a job, but also develops you as a professional and as a person, with encouraging teaching and contemporary facilities that are second to none.

Edward Ashcroft ,
Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

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