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, for more details: http://www.gdc-uk.org/Newsandpublications/Publications/Publications/ScopeofpracticeApril2009[1].pdf

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

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.

 

Belfast

Queen' s University of Belfast School for Dentistry
Belfast School of Dental Hygiene
Royal Victoria Hospital
Grosvenor Road
Belfast
BT12 6BA

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

Birmingham

BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy
Birmingham Dental Hospital
St Chads Queensway
Birmingham
B4 6NN

W:http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/undergraduate/med/dental-hygiene-therapy.aspx
T: 0121 236 8611
T: 0121 237 2802

Bristol

School of Dental Hygiene
University of Bristol Dental Hospital
Chapter House
Lower Maudlin StreetBristol
BS1 2LY

W: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/dental/dcp/
T: 0117 342 4136.

Cardiff

Training & Education Centre for DCPs
Cardiff University
Wales College of Medicine
Dental School
Heath Park
Cardiff
CF14 4XY

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

/index.html

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

E:
T: 029 2074 4251

Dundee

Unit of Health Sciences
Dundee Dental Hospital
2 Park Place
Dundee
DD1 4HR
 

W:http://www.dundee.ac.uk/dentalschool/undergraduatestudies/bscinoralhealthscience/
T: 01382 384697

Edinburgh

School of Health Sciences
Edinburgh Dental Institute
Level 4, Lauriston Building
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9YW

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


T: 0131 536 4937

Glasgow
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

School for Professionals Complementary to Dentistry
Glasgow Dental Hospital and School
378 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3JZ

 

NHSGGC Dental Care Professionals School

W: www.gla.ac.uk/schools/dental
T: 0141 211 9775

 

 

 

 

 

 

W:http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=home_dcpschool

 

 

Inverness

 UHI School of Oral Health Science
 Centre for Health Science
 Inverness
 IV2 3JH

   W:http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/bsc-oral-health-science 
   T: 01463 255842
  

Leeds

 

 

 

 

School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy
Leeds Dental Institute
Clarendon Way
Leeds
LS2 9UL
W:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/dental/newldi/prospective_students/hygiene/hygiene.php
T: 0113 343 6255
T: 0113 233 6120

Liverpool Outreach

  • Blackburn
  • Crewe
  • Lancaster
  • Liverpool
Curriculum Co-ordinator
Room 3.53
3rd Floor
Liverpool University Dental Hospital
Pembroke Place
Liverpool  L3 5PS
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

London

School of Dental Hygiene & Dental Therapy
Eastman Dental Hospital
UCLH NHS Trust
256 Gray's Inn Road
London
WC1X 8LD

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

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

London

King's NHS Trust Hospital 
School of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
3rd Floor Dental Extension
Caldecot Road
London
SE5 9RW

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

London
 

The Administrator
Barts & The London
Centre for Dental Care Professionals
18 - 26 Walden Road
London
E1 2AN

W:http://www.dentistry.qmul.ac.uk/courses/Dental%20Care%20Professionals/Diplomas%20in%20Dental%20Hygiene%20and%20Therapy/index.html

 E: 
T: 020 7882 8157

Manchester
 

Unit of Oral Health Science
Manchester University
Oxford Road
Manchester 
M13 9PL
W:http://www.dentistry.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/bsc/
T: 0161 3060232

Greater Manchester 

The Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals
4th Floor
St James's House
Pendleton Way
Salford
M6 5FW
W:http://www.mandcp.co.uk/courses_dental_hygiene.html
T: 0161 212 4809

Newcastle

School of Dental Hygiene
Floor 3, The Dental Hospital
Richardson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4AZ
W:http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/dentalhygieneandtherapydiploma/courseoverview/
T: 0191 282 4679

Portsmouth

BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy
University of Portsmouth
School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry
William Beatty Building
Hampshire Terrace
Portsmouth
Hampshire  PO1 2QG
W:http://www.port.ac.uk/courses/coursetypes/undergraduate/BScHonsDentalHygieneAndDentalTherapy/
E:
T: 023 9284 3946
T:023 9284 5222

Sheffield

Programme in Hygiene & Therapy
School of Clinical Dentistry
University of Sheffield
Claremont Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2TA
W:http://www.shef.ac.uk/dentalschool/undergraduate/ht
T: 0114 226 8287
T: 0114 271 7800
Southend on Sea

Department of Health & Human Sciences
University of Essex
Southend Campus
Elmer Way
Southend on Sea
SS1 1LW

W:http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/course_details.aspx?course=FDSCB750


T: 01702 35860
E:

 

Teeside 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

 

Universities & Colleges Admissions ServiceUCAS 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.

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