Course Title Dental Nurse Level 3 Apprenticeship
Level: 3
Code M09

Overview of the Course

The Dental Nurse apprenticeship allows you to gain skills, experience and knowledge as well as secure a nationally recognised qualification. The content of the Dental Nurse apprenticeship you will cover a range of behaviours, knowledge and skills which are expected of all dental nurses. The behaviours expected of all Dental Nurses carrying out their roles include: Ethical - Commitment to the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team. Professional - Reliability, working to high standards. a commitment to excellent customer service, effective time management and self-management and appropriate use and storage of confidential information. Commitment - A caring approach toward patients and colleagues and a commitment to striving for the best at all times. Responsible - Take responsibility for own actions and act in accordance with GDC Standards. Act and raise concerns as described in the Principles of Raising Concerns. Recognise the impact of own personal behaviours and work/act professionally. Implement the processes of informed consent. Recognise and act upon the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in the protection and promotion of health care to individuals. Reflection and Self Awareness - Awareness of own impact and influence when working with others. An awareness of how to get the best from each individual and the ability to reflect on own practice to support self-development. A Dental Nurse must know and understand: Dental and regional anatomy, Respiratory and circulatory systems, health promotion and disease prevention, Transmission of infectious diseases and their prevention, Materials, equipment and resources, Medical Emergencies, Legislative compliance and regulatory requirements, The Dental team and GDC guidelines, Communication, Self-Management, Health Promotion, Clinical Skills, Patient Care, Patient Management, Professionalism, Management Skills, Communication Skills. This course will involve 20% of your time to be dedicated to off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to commencement of apprenticeship.


Level 4 Dental Practice Manager Higher Apprenticeship.

Course Duration

18-24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Earn while you learn
  •  Learning skills that employers want
  •  Excellent progression routes
  •  Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  •  Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


Your assessor will visit you on a regular basis and support you with developing your electronic portfolio which is used as evidence for your End Point Assessment. During the meetings observations, professional discussions, question and answer sessions and reviews will take place. End Point Assessment: Apprentices will access the End Point Assessment after successful completion of all the listed qualifications and when the Assessor and Employer agree that the learner is competent in the vocational area. The focus of the Final Assessment is on the apprentice being able to prove their competence in the role of a Dental Nurse. The End Point Assessment will be delivered in two parts, firstly, a project which links and tests skills and knowledge in a holistic way and then an Interview which will be a review of your project. The project will cover the knowledge, skills, behaviours and competence that a dental nurse is expected to demonstrate. The word count for the project will be between 2,000 and 3,000 words. This will be graded pass/distinction. The project will contribute 75% to the overall grade. The interview is a structured discussion between the apprentice and the independent assessor, focusing on the project results and how they have performed during the apprenticeship. The interview will be graded pass/distinction and will contribute 25% to the overall grade. To achieve final certification, the apprentices must have completed and achieved these End Point Assessments in addition to the Diploma and the maths and English. The assessment will demonstrate that the apprentice can apply their knowledge, skills and behaviours in an integrated way and will satisfy the requirements for the award of an apprenticeship certificate.

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