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Dental Nurse Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship could see you working alongside a dentist to give support and care for the patients. So if you are a good communicator, like working in a team and can follow direction then this could be the apprenticeship for you. Apprentices who qualify in dental nursing will work in a general dental practice, undertaking a variety of supervised tasks. Your duties will be to support the dentist in all aspects of patient care, including getting instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort. You will learn about taking notes from the dentist’s dictation, decontaminating the surgery and the instruments. The role of a dental nurse is regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC) and you will have to register with the GDC upon satisfactory completion of the Apprenticeship.

Course Info

Subject Area
Course Type
Matthew Boulton Campus
Course Length
70 weeks

Entry Requirements

For entry criteria you will need 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above, including English and Math’s. Employers also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills and a willingness to learn and will set their own specifications depending on the role.

Delivery and Assessment

The duration of an apprenticeship will vary depending on the needs of the employer but you will be required to complete qualifications during the period usually with set study days. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that your employer or college tutor will monitor and observe to prove that you reached a certain level of understanding. Assessment will be through portfolio evidence and examinations.


On completion of the apprenticeship, you could train as a Dental Therapist or a Hygienist, or you might choose to train in Oral Health Promotion or Dental Practice Management.

Career Opportunities

  • Dental Technicians
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Material and Equipment Sales People