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

Overview of the Course

The behaviours expected of all Dental Nurses carrying out their roles:


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


The Knowledge and Skills expected of all Dental Nurses carrying out their roles. 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.


What are the entry requirements?

Initial Assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to sign up


Apprenticeship Standards – L4 Dental Practice Manager

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 the apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional Skills are available for this Standard at Level 2.


Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the apprentice in their development of Dental Nursing knowledge and competence in their work-based activities.


For the Level 3 Standard in Dental Nursing, the Learning and Skills Coach will visit on a regular basis to support with developing the electronic portfolio, which is used as evidence for the completion of the qualifications. 

Assessment of the Apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves:

·         Observations

·         Professional discussions

·         Question and answer sessions

·         Reviews

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