Advanced Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

Dates & Locations

SDC Croxteth : 18/06/2022

LAS Blackburn: 09/07/2022

HO Manchester: 21/10/2022

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Sarah Clayton


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Course Information

At Smart Dental Academy we pride ourselves, in the support and guidance, that we offer to our learners. We will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in a hands-on role, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification and earning whilst you learn.

You will provide chair-side support and assistance to support dental clinicians.

Your role will include:-

• assisting with dental procedures

• monitoring your patient, ensuring that they are comfortable and relaxed

• keeping the surgery organised

• ensuring that all equipment and instrument are decontaminated/sterilised

• reception duties

You will also work in other areas of the practice, including reception and the sterilisation suite. You will be trained to book appointments, deal with patient queries, answer the telephone in an appropriate manner, take and record payments.

If you have good interpersonal and time management skills, you are organised and stay calm under pressure, this is a great career with good opportunities to progress and specialise.

If you’re over the age of 16, eligible to work in the UK and not currently in full time education, then you will be eligible to join our Dental Nurse Apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship is fully funded and has three main components:

•  A Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

• Functional Skills English & Maths Level 2 qualifications (unless you are exempt, e.g. you hold Maths and English GCSEs at grade C/4 or above)

• An End Point Assessment

An Assessor will attend your practice on a monthly/six weekly basis for approximately 2 hours at a time to carry out observations, where you are required to provide chair side assistance, to assess your level of competence in practice. Your assessor will also assess the standard of work demonstrated and determine whether you require any further support.

This is done through routine assessment and observational visits and are an integral part of the diploma course, it is important that you are assessed on a regular basis.

The minimum length of the Diploma is 18 months.

This Diploma accounts for 48 credits

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment of the Dental Nurse apprenticeship is part of the qualification. You cannot achieve the qualification without being successful in the End Point Assessment, which consists of the following:

• Knowledge Test

• Observation of Practice followed by Question and Answer

• Interview – underpinned by a portfolio

The portfolio submitted at Gateway, which will underpin the interview, may contain evidence taken from the on-programme portfolio as long as the evidence meets the specific requirements detailed in the End Point Assessment pack.

The assessment will be carried out by City & Guilds, an independent registered end-point assessment organisation.

The focus of the end-point assessment is for the candidate to fully demonstrate the values, knowledge, skills and behaviours, set out in the apprenticeship standard and to be able to demonstrate this level of professional competence in authentic workplace contexts.

The end assessment is a formal summative assessment that concludes the apprenticeship programme and is assessed in a number of ways to provide a clear indication of the candidate’s knowledge and skills.

Cancellation Notice period and fees payable

4.1. Subject to clause 4.2 below, where we have accepted / confirmed the Services purchased by you and formed a legally binding agreement with you, then you are permitted within 14 working days starting on the day after the date we have concluded our agreement, to cancel your purchase of the Services. Where the cancellation is made within 14 days of the proposed training, clause 4.4 will apply.  

4.2. If you have purchased an Online Course and have already accessed, downloaded all or part of the Online Course and/or started to use that Online Course then you shall have no right to cancel your order at any time i.e. clause 4.1 shall not apply.

4.3. In the event of a cancellation 14 days' notice must be given (wherever possible) in this case a full refund will be given.

4.4. In the event of a cancellation where less than 14 days, but more than 7 days' notice is given, 50% of the course fee will be refunded.

4.5. Where less than 72 hours' notice is given, payments are non-refundable, although we may offer an alternative course date.

4.6. For non-attendance due to sickness, an alternative date may will be offered on a subsequent course.

4.7. Where a course is booked that requires attendance on more than one day, delegates are required to attend all sessions. No reductions of refunds will be made, where a delegate fails to attend or wishes to cancel any number of days.

4.8. In the case of Redbridge Associate Ltd or Dental World One Ltd, where an agreement is in place for private course fees to be deducted from salary payments, you will remain liable for the deduction under clause 9.5.  

4.9. We reserve the right to cancel the course at short notice, should unforeseen circumstances occur, where a course is re-scheduled, an alternative date will be arranged, if the course is cancelled a full refund will be given.

A full copy of our private course terms and conditions can be found at

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