Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Dental hygienists and therapists interact with patients to inspire behaviour change, together with providing advanced clinical treatments to prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

State-of-the-art facilities

Benefit from the dental school's £15 million refurbishment of teaching and learning spaces.

Ideal environment

Bristol's Dental Care Professional School has its own clinical environment for an integrated approach to student learning and patient care.

Supportive teaching

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio allows for thorough supervision and plenty of staff guidance throughout the course.

Dental Hygiene and Therapy courses for 2023

Single Honours

Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Bristol

Our BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy degree will enable you to become a skilled, competent clinician, capable of providing high levels of clinical care and patient management.

Learn in the heart of the city at Bristol Dental School and Hospital, a welcoming environment and centre for excellence providing routine and specialist clinical dental services.

You will be taught pre-clinical and clinical skills in state-of-the-art training facilities, working and training alongside dental undergraduates and dental nurses and learning through a team approach to patient care. You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods that will help you to develop the confidence to deliver tailored advice and carry out preventative and restorative treatments.

The Hygiene and Therapy tutors here are second to none. They are so supportive and make you feel like they are with you every step of the way. They are everything you could want from a tutor.

Ellie, BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Career prospects

A participant has their teeth cleaned

Once qualified you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and work in a variety of settings, including general dental practice, salaried dental services, specialist practices, hospitals and industry.

You will be a vital part of any dental team, able to work collaboratively and provide primary dental care and oral healthcare advice to a wide range of patients.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

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In your first year, you will attend intensive academic lectures and seminars alongside practical teaching. You will learn anatomy and physiology and will be introduced to oral and systemic diseases. You will commence clinical practice in the second term, and by the end of year one you will be competent in treating patients under close supervision.

You will also attend community-based teaching clinics and oral health promotion sessions at South Bristol Community Hospital to learn about the health needs of the local community.

In your second year, you will further develop your understanding of gum diseases and will commence preclinical training in restorative techniques. By the end of year two, you will be treating patients alongside undergraduate dentistry students within the dental school.

In year three, you will begin preclinical training in paediatric oral surgery techniques alongside continued development of your full scope of clinical skills. You will also complete an individual research project.

Welcoming diversity

Three students laughing while walking through Millennium Square in Bristol.

Studying here, you will have the chance to live and work in a diverse, welcoming environment. Bristol is a vibrant and multicultural city.

Studying dental hygiene and therapy means you will interact with people of all ages, social cultures and backgrounds and those with varying needs.

The Bristol Dental School has been awarded a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its ongoing commitment to gender equality.

Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Dental Hygiene and Therapy courses for 2023

Single Honours

Our BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy will enable you to become a skilled, competent clinician, capable of providing high levels of clinical care and patient management.

You will be taught pre-clinical and clinical skills in state-of-the-art training facilities, working and training alongside dental undergraduates and dental nurses and learning through a team approach to patient care.

You will begin clinical contact in the first year, maximising your clinical experience during your training.

Why study Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Bristol?

You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods that will help you to develop the confidence to deliver tailored advice and carry out preventative and restorative treatments.

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio allows for thorough supervision and support throughout the course.

Clinical treatment sessions are closely supervised by experienced dental tutors and throughout the course you will receive feedback and have opportunities to reflect on your performance.

What kind of student would this course suit?

You should enjoy communicating and interacting with people of all ages, social cultures and backgrounds and those with varying needs.

Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity are essential due to the detailed work carried out. Those with an artistic flair and good management and organisational skills are well suited to this profession.

This profession requires a lifelong commitment to continued professional development. You will be a self-motivated individual who has a patient-centred approach and is able to work well as part of a team.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The majority of this course is spent learning and working in a clinical environment, both in the clinical skills laboratory and in clinics. Underpinning knowledge is taught through lectures, seminars and group teaching, alongside clinical skills taught in the lab.

During your training you will have the opportunity to work in a dental team as part of community-based dental teaching experience at South Bristol Community Hospital.

A variety of assessment methods are used, such as electronic short answer, multiple choice, written assignments, case presentations, competency based assessment and structured clinical examinations.

Summative assessment is used for progression throughout the course.

What are my career prospects?

Once qualified you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and work in a variety of settings, including general dental practice, salaried dental services, specialist practices, hospitals and industry.

You will be a vital part of any dental team, able to work collaboratively and provide primary dental care and oral healthcare advice to a wide range of patients.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

Disclaimer

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Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra (LLB Law)

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