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Dental Technology Foundation Degree

Undergraduates develop their skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to the dental technology sector. Studying both theory and practical lessons ensures you are competent in providing the clinical team with dental appliances that are fit for purpose. There are opportunities for innovative, imaginative and creative learners in all the units of this qualification, in both taught sessions and the assessment of each unit. This course is the higher level programme for registration as a Dental Care Professional with the General Dental Council to enable you to practice as a Dental Technician.

The practical elements are developed in our dental laboratories where you will gain knowledge of materials, techniques and equipment commonly found in the dental technology sector. Practical work is underpinned with theoretical classes that will build your confidence as a young, new professional. You will learn how to use dental materials but you will also understand how to select them and why they are used as part of a dental appliance. The role of the dental team and specifically the role of a dental technician is a key area of development.

Year 1 modules:
• Anatomy and Physiology and Basis Appliance Design
• Basic Dental Technology Techniques
• Employment Practice A
• Introductory Dental Biomaterials

The tuition fee for academic year 2020-21 is £9,250 or £6,939 for part-time.
The Year 1 and Year 2 full time tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £9,250. The Year 1 and Year 2 part time tuition fee is £6,939, the Year 3 tuition fee for academic year 2021-22 is £4,626. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level
Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Dental & Podiatry
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Location
Matthew Boulton College
Course Length
56 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need UCAS Tariff Points: 32 points. The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 1 A Level at Grade C, BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP, BTEC Diploma: Grade PP, BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade MP, Access to HE: Grade P45. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above: 4 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C/4, GCSE Maths: Grade C/4, Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes All students will be required to sit an English diagnostic assessment equivalent to Level 2. This is to establish if students require support and is used as a supportive tool only. Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS Level 7 with no element below 6.5.

Delivery and Assessment

Our course is 50% course work and 50% examination. You will need to undertake 200 hours of work experience each year in a Dental Laboratory. You will complete practical projects, presentations, reports and a portfolio. We place a strong emphasis on high levels of attendance and achievement. Our support team are here to help you get the best out of your course and you will be assigned an individual tutor.

Progression

Upon completion of the Foundation Degree in Dental Technology you can choose a varied pathway to continue your professional development. You may decide to go forward into higher education; this leads onto a final process where students can graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology. Employment opportunities also include working in private dental laboratories, NHS departments, material and equipment sales, implantology and even teaching.

Career Opportunities

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