Dip Dental Hygiene

2019 entry

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Application method Apply direct to the University

Apply direct to Bristol School of Dental Care Professionals. Applications must be received by 14 December 2018.

Course duration 2 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £ N/A per year
  • EU students: £ N/A per year
  • International students: £13,000 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £ N/A per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available on this course

About Dip Dental Hygiene

This full-time, 21-month course enables you to become a skilled clinician with a registrable qualification. The Diploma in Dental Hygiene is awarded by the University of Bristol and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

Pre-clinical training starts in term one in a dedicated clinical skills teaching laboratory. This prepares you for seeing your first patient at the beginning of the second term. You will gain clinical experience at the Bristol Dental Hospital and the new South Bristol Community Hospital, where you will work alongside dentistry undergraduates and dental therapy students.

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with studying dental hygiene. You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and visit our occupational health department before starting the course. Blood screening and inoculations may be recommended before you can start clinical work. Health status is essential to protect both the clinical operator and his or her patients.

Working with the general public demands a commitment to exemplary personal and professional conduct. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines on fitness to practise, students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). For further information on DBS disclosure, please visit our DBS web page.

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Course structure

Typical offer for Dip Dental Hygiene - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
CC in Biology/Human Biology and one other subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
18 points overall, including 5 at Higher Level in Biology
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Biomedical Sciences or Medicine) with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAH: CC including Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer60% overall, with 6.0 in Biology
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
A minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, including English and Double Science. If a single science is offered, Biology is preferred.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsFor application with National Certificate for Dental Nurses: one A-level at grade C or above in Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry (Biology preferred), or an equivalent level science qualification.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Application direct to DCP school - selection and interview. Interviews comprise several Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) including written, verbal and practical tests. If your qualifications were gained outside the UK, you should also submit an equivalence certificate and International English Language (IELTS) certificate. Please note that qualifications should be achieved prior to applying; we do not offer on predicted grades.

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact:
Phone: +44 (0)117 342 9605
Email: donna.parkin@uhbristol.nhs.uk

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

General Dental Council (GDC) The General Dental Council quality assures and approves qualifications for registration, for the following registrant groups: Dentists; dental hygienists; dental therapists; dental nurses; clinical dental technicians; dental technicians; and orthodontic therapists.

General Dental Council (GDC) Found to be sufficient by the General Dental Council (GDC) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body

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