Qualifications & Educational Programmes

There are several ways to qualify as a dental hygienist/ dental hygienist-therapist:

Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy - two year full time course
BSc in Oral Health Science - three year full time course
BSc (Hons) (Edinburgh) - four year course.

The entry requirements for these courses vary and you are advised to contact the school of your choice for a prospectus.

To have worked in a dental environment and obtained a dental nurse qualification, would be advantageous. 

All training is based on the curricula determined by the General Dental Council.  A further General Dental Council document confirms your scope of practice.

Educational Centres

There are 20 training schools in the UK that offer training to become a dental hygienist-therapist or dental hygienist - a full list is given below. Most training courses lead to a joint qualification as a dental hygienist-therapist. 

For further details of the courses available, please write to the individual schools, enclosing a large SAE to request a prospectus. The prospectus will provide details about the course structure, qualifications at the end of the training, length of the training course, entry requirements, when the course starts and how to apply.

 

   Queens 
   University
   Belfast

   W: www.qub.ac.uk/cd
   E:
   T: 02890 263244
   F: 02890 263441

University of Birmingham

W:http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/undergraduate
/med/dental-hygiene-therapy.aspx

T: 0121 236 8611
T: 0121 237 2802

University of Bristol W: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/dental/dcp/
T: 0117 342 4136
Cardiff University

W:http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/dentl/degreeprogrammes/undergraduate/
dentaltherapybsc/index.html

E:
T: 029 2074 4251

University of Dundee W:http://www.dundee.ac.uk/dentalschool/undergraduatestudies/bscinoralhealthscience/
T: 01382 384697
University of Edinburgh

W:http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/medicine-vet-medicine/
undergraduate/oral-health/bsc-oral-health

T: 0131 536 4937

University of Essex

W: http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/subjects/oh.aspx  
T: 01702 35860
E:

University of Glasgow W: www.gla.ac.uk/schools/dental
T: 0141 211 9775
University of the Highlands & Inverness W:http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/bsc-oral-health-science 
T: 01463 255842
University of Leeds W:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/dental/newldi/prospective_
students/hygiene/hygiene.php

T: 0113 343 6255
T: 0113 233 6120
University of Liverpool W:http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/combined
-diploma-in-dental-hygiene-therapy/course-overview/

E:
T: 0151 706 5039
F: 0151 706 5622
University College London Hospitals 

W:http://www.uclh.nhs.uk/OurServices/ServiceA-Z/
EDH/EDUEDH/BURK/Pages/Home.aspx

E:
T: 020 3456 1205 F: 020 3456 2388

King's College Hospital London

W: http://dnetc.kch.nhs.uk/
E: 
T: 020 3299 5214

University of Manchester W:http://www.dentistry.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/bsc/
T: 0161 3060232
Greater Manchester School for DCPs W:http://www.mandcp.co.uk/courses_dental_hygiene.html
T: 0161 212 4809

Newcastle
University

W:http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/dentalhygiene
andtherapydiploma/courseoverview/

T: 0191 282 4679
   Plymouth University   
   Peninsula Schools  
   Medicine & Dentistry

   W: http://www5.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/bsc-dental-therapy-hygiene
   E: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
   T: 01752 437333 

University of Portsmouth

W:http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/coursetypes/undergraduate/
BScHonsDentalHygieneAndDentalTherapy/

E:
T: 023 9284 3946
T:023 9284 5222
Queen Mary University of London

W:http://www.dentistry.qmul.ac.uk/study/dental-care-professionals
E: 
T: 020 7882 8157

University of Sheffield W:http://www.shef.ac.uk/dentalschool/undergraduate/ht
T: 0114 226 8287
T: 0114 271 7800

Teeside
University

W:http://www.tees.ac.uk/undergraduate_courses/Health_&_Social_Care/BSc_(Hons)Dental_Hygiene_and_Dental_Therapy.cfm
E:
T: 01642 384110
UCAS code: B750 BSc/DHDT
Typical offer: 240 tariff points

UCASUCAS is the central organisation that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges.  Some training schools now use the UCAS route for applications to their courses.

For further information please follow this link: www.ucas.ac.uk or telephone: 01242 227788.

Dental Therapy programmes for qualified dental hygienists

 

Bristol

    Further information can be obtained from www.bris.ac.uk/dental or by telephoning:
    0117 342 4136

Edinburgh

Further details can be obtained from Morag McDiarmid, Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute, 4th Floor, Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HA

Greater Manchester

Further details can be obtained via this link: www.mandcp.co.uk

Essex Further details from / T 01702328375 
http://www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/prospective/bsc_oral_health.aspx

Adaptation programme for overseas trained dental hygienists

The Dental Hygienist Adaptation Module is suitable if you are a dental hygienist with an existing qualification from another country who has undertaken the GDC Dental Care Professional assessment of your existing qualification. It will help achieve the GDC required learning outcomes for registration as a Hygienist in the UK. If you are a UK Hygienist returning to practice, the Dental Hygienist Adaptation Module is an ideal refresher course that can offer you required CPD hours for re-registration with the GDC.

For further information, please contact The School of Health and Human Sciences, The University of Essex, Southend Campus, Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1LW. 

T 01702 328375 / E
www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/subjects/oh.aspx

 

 

 
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