Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard | Walsall College

Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard

The role of a dental nurse is regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC). You may be able to register with the GDC upon satisfactory completion of a recognised qualification, which includes the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing that forms part of the Apprenticeship programme.

The Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing is aimed at dental nurses working in the oral healthcare setting and is a recognised qualification for registration with the General Dental Council which is a necessity for all dental nurses.

The apprenticeship focuses on the overall role and responsibilities of a dental nurse as well as the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to provide effective support to the rest of the dental team and patients.

The trainee would need to have considerable knowledge and skills in relation to dental equipment, instruments and materials and be able to work as a key member of the oral healthcare team.

As part of the training for your Apprenticeship, you'll complete:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English (normal exemption applies)

To satisfy the GDC stipulations for trainees on the programme, the college will issue a letter to cover all CQC inspections stating the apprentice is waiting to commence a recognised training programme. Dental Nurses must follow the inoculations protocol before commencing work in surgery.

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The selection process will include a basic Initial Assessment and an in depth interview during which your suitability, commitment and interest for the programme will be determined. To be accepted onto the programme you must have achieved GCSE grades C or above in Maths and English or Level 1 in Functional Skills Maths and English or equivalent.
If you have attained these grades it may give you an exemption from the functional skills components of the framework however if you do not have the required grades, additional support will be provided to bring you up to the required level dependant on your initial assessment results. The suitability of your employer will also be determined before you are accepted onto the programme.
Your employer will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary Health and Safety arrangements in place to satisfy legislative requirements, and that they are able to provide you with the full range of work to successfully complete the Apprenticeship framework.
How do you become an Apprentice?
You might already be employed but if not, we may be able to help you find a suitable vacancy. View the Apprenticeships we currently have available here:

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Basic Information

Course Code B94A34797P
Location Various Locations, not at Walsall College sites.
Level Level 3
Type Adv Apprenticeship
Start Date Various

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