Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (BSc (Hons))

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at University of Portsmouth

Overview

If you want to be a dental hygienist and therapist, this BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy 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 dental hygiene and therapy 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.

What you'll experience

On this 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 as a hygienist or therapist 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

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical laboratory work
  • guided reading
  • supervised clinical sessions

In the second and third year, there are student clinics within the school to develop skills and apply knowledge for up to 2 days a week.

Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and you'll be fully supported face to face and online with the appropriate study materials.

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 dental studies or do research at postgraduate level.

Work experience and career planning

This course focuses on applying your new knowledge and building the practical skills needed to succeed as a dental hygienist or dental therapist.

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.

When you finish the course you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

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.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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