• LevelLevel 3
  • FT/PTApps
  • Duration18 to 24 months
  • Awarding bodyCACHE


The Diploma in Dental Nursing gives learners the knowledge and skills in dental nursing both in direct chairside work and providing support in a range of dental treatments. Learners will learn about various aspects of dental nursing including:

Stage 1 – On programme:
Continual development of practical skills through observations
Knowledge and understanding (theory) will be assessed through online exams
Professionalism, behaviours, values, communication and safe working practices will be embedded into the qualification and on programme assessment
Stage 2 – Gateway stage:
Full completion of practical assessments showing competence in all units
Achievement of all theory exams
Achieved Maths and English Level 2 functional skills if required
Registration with General Dental Council in preparation for EPA
Completion of End Point Assessment and Oral Interview
This qualification will enable apprentices to register with the GDC as a dental nurse.

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

  • First aid essentials
  • Providing chairside support to patients for a number of procedures
  • Contributing to the production of dental images
  • Preparing and maintaining environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Providing chairside support to patients for a number of procedures
  • Management of oral health diseases


Entry requirements

Employment in a suitable role for the chosen apprenticeship is essential. Northern Skills Group will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible but we advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to actively seek employment for themselves.
Applicants are required to have gained GCSE grades of C or above (Grade 4-9) in English and maths. Certificates will need to be produced at enrolment. If proof cannot be produced or you do not meet these entry requirements, then applicants will be invited to complete an initial assessment prior to acceptance.
If you do not have grade C or above in English and / or maths (grade 4-9 for new GCSE measures) you will be required to continue studying these subjects.

This qualification is assessed through work-based evidence stored in an electronic portfolio (Smart Assessor).
Assessment methods include observation in the workplace, 4 examinations, online multiple choice tests/assignments, knowledge questions, witness testimonies etc.

Learners may progress into employment as a Dental Nurse or to other career pathways including: - Dental hygiene and therapy Dental technician Practice management Teaching and assessing Lecturing The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for University we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Apprentices are not liable for fees as these will be covered by your employer.

If you would like to study for an Apprenticeship, you will be required to find a suitable employer before you can enrol.

Middlesbrough College constantly approach suitable employers and will try to match your interest to any vacancies. If you would like to be considered for any available vacancies, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this web page.

Once we have processed your expression of interest, you will be invited to a session that will help you to ‘Get that Apprenticeship’ with further explanations and advice on how to find a prospective employer.

You may also want to consider applying for a full time programme as a backup.

If you have any questions about expressing your interest, please contact the Admissions Department on (01642) 333601. For general enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333700 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

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We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


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