If you are a qualified dental nurse or dental technician who has not attained a level 3 qualification that will be accepted for direct entry via UCAS, this 23-week Dental Development Programme provides an access route for entry onto the BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy or BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree courses.
You will cover core topics in anatomy and physiology while preparing yourself for study at university level.
The course forms a basis for further education in dental health professions at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy.
Applicants are requested to make their preferred progression route clear on their application to the Dental Development Programme.
On this course you can:
Although this short course does not lead to a recognised academic award of the University or the award of credits, it prepares you for progression to the full-time BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy courses.
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The subjects covered in this 23-week course give you the core knowledge you need to progress onto your chosen BSc.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, virtual learning, group work and guided reading.
Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research. We provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all units fully supported by online lecture and study materials.
We assess you in a variety of ways. All assessment requires a pass mark for you to be eligible to progress to degree level.
Here’s how we assess your work:
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We have built the optimal environment for you to study dental practice. Offering a balance of state-of-the-art teaching and clinical facilities, here’s a taste of what you’ll have access to:
Our Dental Academy is a training ground for undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students as well as you and others on your course. So with dental care professionals and undergraduate dentists under the same roof, you’ll really get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a dental team working within a primary dental care setting.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
We provide you with three sets of scrubs (clinical clothing) and a name badge at the start of the course. Extra or replacement scrubs can be ordered at £8 per set or £4 for individual items. Replacement name badges can be ordered at £7. You will need to purchase your own visor frame (available from the Dental Academy for £8) and a pair of black shoes which enclose the foot (not clogs). You will also need to pay £30 for the use of a model skull (with extra fees if not returned). Locker keys require a deposit of £10. There are a variety of outreach locations that you will need to attend to support your study which will incur travel costs.
When you complete the Dental Development Programme you will progress to either the BSc Dental Hygiene/Therapy programme, or the BSc Dental Hygiene programme. This is dependent on the course you selected for progression on initial application. Either of these degree programmes lead to a variety of career options.
Here are some routes and role our BSc (Hons) graduates have go onto:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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