Qualifications & Educational Programmes

There are several ways to qualify as a Dental Hygienist / Dental Therapist:

  • Diploma in Dental Hygiene – two year full time course
  • Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy – 27 month full time course
  • BSc in Oral Health Science – three year full time course
  • BSc (Hons) (Edinburgh) – four year course.

Along with Diploma in Dental Hygiene, the University of Essex also offer a Foundation Degree in Oral Health Science (2 year course). 

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

Useful links to University Course Guides for information on suitable courses: