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BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy *

UCAS code: 
B750
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Starting date February 2024 and September 2024

Typical Offer: 

2023-24 entry; 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), Merit (T Level) See below

* Subject to validation

The BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree will provide you, with the knowledge, skills and professionalism you need to take on either of these roles, both of which are in high demand throughout the UK, in the NHS and in the private healthcare sector. This course will start in February 2024 and thereafter will be a September intake only. 

Introduction

Both dental hygienists and dental therapists help people maintain good oral health by providing treatments, carrying out procedures and giving dietary and hygiene advice.

The role of dental therapist is the same as a dental hygienist, however they can also carry out some of the restorative work dentists do, such as fillings and extractions.

This dual role BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course will be accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC). The course will provide students with the theoretical and practical skills required to register as both a dental hygienist and dental therapist with the GDC.

Both dental hygienists and dental therapists provide oral care that helps patients maintain a healthy mouth, gums and teeth. The treatments and procedures they carry out – such as scaling and polishing, and taking dental X-rays – are designed to support good oral health and prevent dental problems before they develop.

In addition to this, dental therapists are also trained to do some of the same work as dentists, including fillings, and extracting and placing preformed crowns on 'baby' teeth.

Dental therapists can provide any dental work that doesn't require treatment to the nerve of a tooth while working with adult patients, which makes them an essential support to dentists and a versatile and multi-skilled member of a dental team.  

The BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree will provide you, with the knowledge, skills and professionalism you need to take on either of these roles, both of which are in high demand throughout the UK, in the NHS and in the private healthcare sector.

After you complete this course, you’ll be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a dental hygienist and a dental therapist and embark on your dental career straight away.

Course modules

Year one establishes the foundations on which clinical practice lie, namely biomedical sciences and developing clinical skills in a simulated setting. This is paralleled by development of personal and professional skills, such as communication strategies and their role in social responsibility.

Year two builds on this skill-set, enabling students to apply it in the real-world within our excellent network of clinical placements and introduces them to the dental specialties, where they will garner appreciation of local and global context.

Year three consolidates learning and fosters competence in technical and leadership skills, whilst developing research skills. Innovation and entrepreneurship is encouraged through self-selected, independent project-based learning in education, business development or research methods.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Foundation Clinical Skills
Foundation Clinical Knowledge
Pre-Clinical Dental Sciences
Foundation of Professional Practice
Clinical Skills 1
Clinical Skills 1
Health Promotion
Research methods
Professional Practice 1
Clinical Skills 2
Clinical Skills 2
Health Promotion Part 2
Professional Practice 2
Professional Practice 2
Dissertation

Career opportunities

This dual role BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course will be accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC).

The course will provide students with the theoretical and practical skills required to register as both a dental hygienist and dental therapist with the GDC.

On completion of the programme you will:
•    Become eligible to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) when you graduate, which you'll need to work as a dental hygienist and/or therapist in the UK
•    Practise your skills in our Centre of Dental Development, with dental treatment bays and simulation technology, including our Phantom Head skills lab and radiography equipment
•    Work in a dental team alongside practising dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment
•    Have the chance to work with the public through community healthcare projects, providing additional patient-focused work experience

Fees and finance

2023-24*

  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • International full-time tuition fee: £17,768 p.a (inclusive of placement fee)

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Course options

During semesters 1 and 2 students will gain experience of simulated clinical practice via the University of Suffolk’s Dental Education Centre; clinical placements for students will commence in semester 3, students will be placed with the Suffolk Dental Care Community Interest Company and dental practices across the SNEE ICB.  Placement settings will include dental hospitals, the community, outreach clinics and through hospital placements.

Specific placement patterns/structures will be agreed during the curriculum development process.

Facilities and Resources

Clinical practice is a major component early on in the course. This experience will help to prepare you for seeing your first patient during the second term of your first year. During your course you will be working in dental practices across Suffolk and in the University of Suffolk’s brand new, state of the art, on-campus dental practice.

Our state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a fully computerised phantom head laboratory, exclusive training clinics, dedicated study spaces and computer clusters, provides you with access to world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment.