Dental Nursing FdSc

Key Facts

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  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 years Full time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK 23/24:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module

  • Location:


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The Foundation Degree Dental Nursing (FdSc) course provides you with a wide range of academic skills and work-related competencies and on successful completion of the award, you will be able to apply for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). The course links theory to practice, supported through underpinning knowledge, work-based clinical skills, and placement options each year.

Our Nursing programmes are ranked 8th in the country in the Best UK University Guardian League table (2022).

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them! We’ll support you to identify the skills, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs, or further study, you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

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Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: SDG3 of Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG5 Gender Equality.

    You will understand the key competencies required to work safely as a registered dental nurse and on completion of the course, you will be able to put these into practice confidently. Our Dental Nursing course encourages the holistic care and treatment of dental patients and supports you in expanding your knowledge so that you are prepared for a career in Dental Nursing.

    The course is designed to recognise the increasing need for theory linked to practice, which is supported through applying the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team (2013) and the General Dental Council (2015) learning outcomes for Dental Nurses.

    Student Dental Nurse Indemnity Insurance

    Following General Dental Council Guidelines all persons working with patients in the clinical environment require indemnity insurance.

    Following contact with placement hosts, they have requested that Student Dental Nurses provide their own indemnity insurance as many dental practices do not cover dental nurses or dental nursing students.

    We recognise that you will need advice in relation to how to source and obtain the right level of cover. You can discuss this with the Academic Assessor’s: Vikki Clarke and Moira Richardson who will be able to advise you in relation to the bodies offering student membership and cover, and how to manage this process. They will also present information in taught sessions to ensure that you have the information you need.

    List of modules:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

    • You will be given a solid foundation of positive knowledge, skills and attitudes that will underpin your personal and professional development.

      • Module code: FHS_IPE20
        Status: Compulsory
      • Module code: NPR1011P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to teach the students the necessary skills to enable them to work safely in the clinical environment.
      • Module code: NPR1012
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide you with a positive foundation on which to base your professional practice in accordance with the General Dental Council (GDC) requirements for registeration. Personal growth that values self and others will integral to your overall development.
      • Module code: NPR1013
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the regional anatomy of the oral cavity, head and neck specific to dental nursingProvide you with an understanding of the aetiology and progression of basic pathological process related to oral tissues, related to patient care.
      • Module code: NPR1014
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide the students with the theoritical knowledge of an array of dental treatments using an evidence-based approach to support effective patient care.
    • You will be provided with detailed knowledge through core modules in research, advanced work-based learning and health and wellbeing through.

      • Module code: NPR2049P
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop the students clinical skills to enable them to work safely in specialist placement environments.
      • Module code: NPR2050
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to facilitate students to recognise their responsibility to promote health and well-being to empower patients to take responsibility for their own oral healthcare where possible. Students must acquire the skills to provide anti-discriminatory practice and recognise the diverse nature and needs of patients. Students will reflect on their own contributions to the assessment of patients needs and to work with practitioners to provide prescribed, individualised interventions.
      • Module code: NPR2051
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop the students to have an understanding of the body systems and the disease processes linking to oral and general health
      • Module code: NPR2052
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to practice at an advanced level to facilitate patient care before, during and after treatment.
  • A typical offer would be:

    • DD at A Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level or,
    • NVQ Level 3 (any subject)

    In addition, you will need to have achieved:

    • GCSE in English Language (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

    Please note that all offers of a place on the programme are subject to:

    • successful Occupational Health Screening,
    • a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) report.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 7.0 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.
  • 2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
    Additional Costs
    • Travel costs to and from placements, and extra costs associated with placements, may be incurred throughout your studies depending on where you are based.
    • Student dental nurse Indemnity Insurance.
    • Each student is issued 3 sets of uniforms, but any additional sets will need to be purchased by the student.
    • Black leather shoes, black socks.
  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There are various assessment methods, these include:

    • Examinations
    • Viva voce
    • Clinical simulated tests
    • Presentations
    • Assignments
    • Electronic clinical portfolio.


You will be allocated clinical placements throughout the two-year course across Northamptonshire and surrounding areas. You will be offered a range of clinical experiences in general dental practices, hospitals, orthodontics, and community settings. This will allow you to develop your competencies in a range of clinical skills before applying to register with the General Dental Council.


Careers and Employability

On completion of the Foundation Degree in Dental Nursing and registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) allows you to practice as a registered dental care professional within the United Kingdom. For further information visit the NHS careers website.

Further educational developments include:

Extended duties to include:

  • Dental radiography, Oral hygiene education, Dental sedation, Special care dental nursing, Impression Taking, Fluoride Application.

Student Story: Tegan Tapner

"As it covers both theory and placement, I now have the work experience behind me to get a job straight after qualifying, as well as the confidence, knowledge and professionalism to work safely."


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