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Apprenticeship Standard 113 - Level 3 Dental Nurse (Integrated)

Wakefield College

Margaret Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2DH

Level 3
Health, Public Services and Care

Course Summary

An essential course for anyone wishing to qualify and work as a dental nurse within general practice, hospitals or community dental services.

Course Details

What you will study:

Eleven mandatory units:

• Preparing for professional practice in dental nursing

• The impact of health and safety legislation on working practices in the dental setting

• Prevention and control of infection in the dental setting

• Dental and regional anatomy, oral health assessments and treatment planning

• Recognising and supporting actions during first aid and medical emergencies

• The safe use of ionising radiation to produce quality radiographic images

• Provide support for the control of periodontal disease and caries, and the restoration of cavities

• Provide support during the stages of prosthetic treatments

• Provide support during the stages of endodontic procedures

• Provide support during extractions and minor oral surgery

• Scientific and practical information to support the patient’s oral and physical health

Maths and English are key elements of apprenticeship programmes and if you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (9-4) in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels.

Skills in Maths and English will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (9-4). Therefore, the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How will it be delivered?

When you start the course you will be allocated an assessor who will carry out regular visits to your practice to observe you during surgery hours. Your assessor will also guide and support you in compiling your portfolio of evidence that you are reaching the required standards.

Entry requirements

Must be employed as a trainee dental nurse and have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4).

Your next steps...

Further study

Wakefield College offers various courses which can be used as Continuing Professional Development for dental care professionals. Please visit our Services to Business website at for a full list of training courses or telephone them on the number given below.

Career opportunities

There are many opportunities for qualified dental nurses within general practice, hospitals and community dental services. You may wish to progress towards becoming a dental practice manager, or move into a specialist area such as oral hygiene or orthodontic therapy.

Additional information

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