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Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Level 3 Standard

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2023

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2023, Apprenticeship


The Dental Nurse role complements the role of other dental professionals. One of the primary roles is to provide chair side support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care. An apprentice will predominately work with a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, clinical dental technician, or orthodontic therapist within a surgery environment with patients attending throughout the day.
Dental Nurses may work in a variety of clinical environments and the Apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and duties. The Apprenticeship will also provide the apprentice with the relevant qualification to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) for professional registration as a dental nurse.

Course Content includes:


  • Dental and Regional Anatomy
  • Respiratory and Circulatory systems
  • Health Promotion
  • Transmission of Infectious Diseases
  • Materials & Equipment
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Legislative Compliance
  • Dental Team and GDC guidelines
  • Communication
  • Self-Management


  • Clinical Skills
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Management
  • Professionalism


  • Ethical
  • Professional
  • Commitment
  • Responsible
  • Self-Awareness

You will complete the Level 3 Dental Nurse Apprenticeship Standard.

  • This Apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your Apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this Apprenticeship course is 24 months.
  • This course has two entry points in the year.

If you already have an employer for your Apprenticeship, or if you are an Employer who is either looking to recruit, or already has someone you would like to enrol onto the course, please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or email

Why Our College?

Experience the Working World

Through the college’s links to the industry, all health and social care students complete regular relevant industry work placements.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Grade 4/C in Maths and English (Language or Literature) or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English
  • In order to enrol onto an Apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the Apprenticeship qualification.

Applicants who are currently undertaking or sitting GCSEs in English and Maths should include their predicted grades on their application. If successful for this position, they will be offered a conditional place on the Apprenticeship course, subject to them meeting the entry requirements for Maths and English.
If a potential apprentice does not currently meet these requirements, they will need to attend additional Functional Skills English and Maths sessions.

Learning Outcomes

For the full Apprenticeship, learners will complete:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English (if not exempt)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths (if not exempt)

Apprentices must achieve a GDC approved Licence to Practice qualification in Dental Nursing.


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

Unless you are exempt, you will need to complete Level 2 Maths and English Functional Skills before your final End Point Assessment.

At the end of the Apprenticeship you will complete an End Point Assessment which will comprise of:

  • Portfolio of evidence required for Level 3 Diploma to be completed in advance of the End Point Assessment
  • Apprentices must achieve a GDC approved Licence to Practice qualification in Dental Nursing, in advance of the End Point Assessment
  • Project 2,000 - 3,000 words (75% of total grade)
  • Interview (25% of total grade)

Apprentices must pass both sections to be deemed competent


Progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship or a higher level of study or employment.

Career Progression

On completion of this apprenticeship the apprentice can register with the General Dental Council as a qualified Dental Nurse.


For employer’s with less than 50 employees who do not pay the apprenticeship levy and who take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-18 at the start of their apprenticeship, there will be no direct cost and the full training costs will be covered by Government funding. If the apprentice is aged 19+ the government partially subsides the training costs and the employer will need to pay 5% of the costs. In the case of this course, the fee would be £300

For an employer with more than 50 employees a 5% charge will be implemented regardless of the age of the apprentice which in this case would be £300.

A levy paying company will pay the full cost of the apprenticeship from their levy account which in this case would amount to £6000.

Please note that course fees are to be paid by the employer and apprentices cannot be asked to make a financial contribution toward their training.

To discuss apprenticeship course fees in more detail or for more information on recruiting an apprentice, please contact 01603 773365 or

Why Our College?

Experience the Working World

Through the college’s links to the industry, all health and social care students complete regular relevant industry work placements.