Apprenticeship In Dental Nursing

This course is aimed at persons who want to become Health Care Professionals with in the Dental field, once completed it will enable you to be registered with the General Dental Council.

The Diploma is focused on patient care and direct chair side support for a range of treatments.  This course is designed to deliver the detailed knowledge and skills needed to work as a key member of the dental team. The timescale for completing the apprenticeship is 18 months start to certification but this can be completed after 1 year providing all work and assessments have been completed

You will be required to complete 16 units in total. Areas covered on the course include:-

  • Health, safety and security in the workplace
  • Prepare and maintain environments and instruments for clinical dental procedures
  • Oral Health
  • Dental assessments/anatomy/charting
  • Process dental radiographs
  • Caries and periodontal disease
  • Endodontics
  • Fixed and removable prosthetics
  • Minor oral surgery
  • Develop one's own knowledge and practice
  • First Aid

As a student of Oldham College you will have full use of all the college facilities

The Level 3 Diploma is a recognised GDC qualification which will allow successful learners to access the GDC register. It will also allow you to go onto complete post qualifications.

To be considered for the Dental Apprenticeship the candidate will require GCSE A to C in their maths & English. Students may be accepted without standard qualifications, personal skills and current experience will be taken into consideration. All students must be working for at least 30 hours per week to meet apprenticeship guidelines.

If you are aged 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.

Further HE options are available.

Dental nurses starting out in the NHS can earn around £16,500 a year. Qualified dental nurses can earn between £19,000 and £22,000 a year. Private practice rates are broadly similar.

Team leaders and dental nurse specialists can earn up to £28,000 a year.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development