Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing (Advanced)
The Dental Nurse Apprentice will study one day a week at City College Norwich where the core theoretical, underpinning knowledge elements of the Dental Diploma will be taught as well as any required functional skills - portfolio building will also form part of this day. The remainder of the Apprentices’ working week will be at the dental surgery at which they are employed where they will be regularly visited by their assessor to have their application of learning and working competencies assessed.
This course is aimed at individuals who want to work as a dental nurse. The role of a dental nurse is regulated by the General Dental Council. An individual may be able to register with the GDC upon satisfactory completion of a registerable qualification, which includes the Diploma in Dental Nursing (QCF) which is included in this programme.
The role of a dental nurse is to provide ‘chair-side support’ for the dental team including dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and technicians. Dental nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a dental nurse in the armed forces.
Additional measurable benefits for employers taking on apprentices include better team performance, productivity targets met or exceeded, quicker response time and reduced error rates.
All candidates ideally need to hold at least a grade C in English and Mathematics (consideration may be given to those who achieve a Grade D in these areas). They also need to:
- show enthusiasm to work in Dental Nursing and be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 48 hours – this is inclusive of the study day at college.
- have a suitable level of physical fitness to perform some aspects of the job roles.
- be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check (this is needed as apprentices are likely to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults).
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. For further information, please see: www.apprenticeships.org.uk
College attendance one day per week each week 0930-1630 is required and is a vital part of the course. Workplace assessments will also take place throughout the course. Assessment is via a variety of methods, including case studies, assignments, practical assessments and projects.
There are a range of post registration courses available to Dental Nurses looking to progress in their career. These may include further QCF qualifications, a range of higher education qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.
There are a range of post registration courses available to Dental Nurses looking to progress in their career. These may include further QCF qualifications, a range of higher education qualifications or other work-related education and training to support Continuing Professional Development. NEBDN (National Examining Board for Dental Nurses) post-registration qualifications include:
- Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing
- Certificate in Oral Health Education
- Certificate in Special Care Dental Nursing
- Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing
- Certificate in Dental Radiography
Training on the Apprenticeships programme is currently funded for apprentices aged 16 - 18 years at the time of enrolment. An employer contribution is required for those aged either 19+ or who have a level 4 or higher qualification.
Apprentices will be paid by their employer for their normal working hours which includes their time at college. In addition Apprentices are entitled to a minimum of 20 days paid holiday per year plus bank holidays.
Further information on pay and holidays for apprentices can be found at:
For the latest information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Employer Partnerships Team on Freephone: 0800 328 3616 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.