Dental Nursing Level 3

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing is open to any Dental Nurses employed in a dental practice working more than 16 hours a week.  This qualification is approved by the General Dental Council.

The above qualification consists of:

  • Level 3 Diploma In Dental Nursing
  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health Level 3 (ERR)

Qualification Structure

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing, learners must achieve 48 credits from the mandatory units listed below:

  • 301 Reducing the risks to health and safety in the dental setting
  • 302 The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • 268 First aid essentials
  • 304 Prepare and maintain environments, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • 305 Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • 306 Provide chairside support during the assessment of patients’ oral health
  • 307 Contribute to the production of dental images
  • 308 Provide chairside support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • 309 Provide chairside support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • 310 Provide chairside support during non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • 311 Provide chairside support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • 312 Provide information and support to individuals on protection of their oral health
  • 313 Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • 314 Dental radiography
  • 315 Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures

Learners must successfully complete and pass four multiple choice exams covering units 305, 313 – 315 and produce a completed portfolio of evidence for units 268, 301, 302, 304, 306 – 312 containing examples of observed practice in the learners workplace. Additional evidence to support practical competence may include workbooks, reflective accounts, assignments written answers to questions and research based tasks.

The programme consists of work-based observations, assessment, assignments and projects.


  • Dental technology
  • Teaching dental nursing
  • Dental hygiene or therapy
  • Dental practice management
  • Specialist dental nursing roles

Full funding for the Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing is available for learners aged 16 – 18 years old.

Aged 19 and over there could be a contribution towards the cost of the qualification dependant on funding criteria and candidates prior achievement.


The Advanced Apprenticeship can take up to 24 months to complete.


This qualification can be delivered in house, on a one-to-one basis or alternatively in addition to assessment, observations and assignments, group workshops can be arranged.

For full details about this qualification please contact us on 01604 871340