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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Overview

If you want a career as a dental hygienist, working as a crucial part of the dental team to treat and prevent oral disease, this BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree course is for you.

Studying in our Dental Academy, you’ll get the skills and knowledge for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), which is essential for practicing as a dental hygienist. After the course, you can take your skills into areas such as general dental practice, hospital dental services or the armed forces.

Professional recognitions

This programme has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a paper-based submission. The GDC Quality Assurance Team will carry out an on-site inspection of the programme and examinations prior to the first cohort of students qualifying, wherein approval for the purposes of registration with the GDC will be assessed by an expert panel of inspectors. This is the process for all new dental care professional (DCP) programmes.

The GDC continually assess the course to make sure it meets the standard required for accreditation, so you’ll know you’re getting the most relevant and up-to-date teaching available.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Learn how to treat oral disease and promote oral health
  • Be taught in our Dental Academy, which has the latest technology used in dental practices including 2 clinics with 44 dental treatment bays, 2 individual surgeries, a phantom head room, a decontamination suite, and radiography booths
  • Get out of the classroom to perform dental procedures and patient management in the Dental Academy alongside other members of the dental team
  • Take part in community outreach projects in the local area
  • Build your experience in working as part of a dental team, studying alongside dental therapy, dental nursing and dental students as well as qualified professionals

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Dental Hygiene degree?

You'll be qualified to work in areas such as:

  • general dental practice
  • hospital dental services
  • the Armed Forces
  • the NHS
  • health promotion

What jobs can you do with a Dental Hygiene degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • dental hygienist
  • oral health educator
  • practice manager
  • practice owner

You could also continue your studies or do research at postgraduate level.

Work experience and career planning

This course focuses on applying your knowledge and building the practical skills you need to succeed in a clinical environment after your career.

You can also get experience with patients in community settings as part of the course. For example:

  • outreach activity in community surgeries and maxillofacial departments in local hospitals
  • oral health promotion
  • supervised tooth brushing in infant schools
  • helping staff to develop oral care plans in residential homes
  • providing dental screening for diverse groups, such as offenders in the probation service

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during the course. We can help you identify placements and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    61st

  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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