Dental Nursing Apprenticeship level 3

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code P00140
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Please note: By applying for this apprenticeship, you are expressing an interest.

You will have a conditional place on the course once you have applied directly to an employer and been successful at interview.

We would encourage you to look at a full time backup as well.


This is a full time work based training course.

About the Course:

This course is a training programme suitable if you like to be a Dental Nurse. A dental nurse provides 'chair-side support' for the dental team, which includes dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and technicians. As an apprentice, you will be working as a Dental Nurse in a general dental practice, undertaking a variety of supervised tasks. Your duties will be to support the dentist in all aspects of patient care, this includes getting the appropriate instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort. You will learn about taking notes from the dentist's dictation for records. Your role will also include decontaminating the surgery the instruments and possible helping with reception work, making appointments, taking payments, dealing with paperwork and meeting and reassuring patients.

The day you are in college you will be working towards a City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing. The course consists of a minimum of 30 hours per week, which includes attending college one day a week.

How will it be delivered?

You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt. The course is assessed by exams.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Double Science, English Language and Maths.  

You will also need to gain a suitable employer. You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.   

Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details. 

Your next steps...

Where can it lead?

The role of a dental nurse is regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC). You will have to register with the GDC upon satisfactory completion of the Apprenticeship. Once trained, Dental Nurses can progress into other career pathways such as Dental Therapists and Hygienists, Oral Health Promotion, Dental Practice Management or related Healthcare roles.