SCQF Level 6
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

This course is your next step towards a rewarding career as a dental care professional. In order to become a dental nurse, you must meet the professional standards governed by the General Dental Council (GDC) which set out the code of conduct, performance and ethics that govern you as a worker in the sector. To become registered you will have to achieve two qualifications, the SVQ in Dental Nursing and the PDA in Dental Nursing at SCQF Level 7. This course is a natural progression route towards these courses.  

This course has been designed to build on the previous NPA at SCQF Level 5 and takes you to the next level of knowledge and skills specific to oral health care. You will learn the legislation, standards and ethics required for a career in the dental profession as well as the practical skills necessary to effectively and safely care for dental patients. This course is now an Edinburgh College mandatory requirement for progression to SVQ Dental Nursing enabling you to either seek further training and a career in dental nursing or alternatively training and/or employment in related fields. The National Certificate (NC) in Oral Health Care: Preparing for Practice will be awarded on successful completion of both NPA group awards. 

What You Will Learn
  • IT 
  • Communications 
  • Safe Working Practices in an Oral Health Care Environment 
  • Dental Procedures: Instruments, Materials and Equipment 
  • Dental Care Professionals: Fitness to Practice 
  • Dental Care Professionals: Reflective Practice 
  • Oral Health Assessment: an Introduction 
  • Dental Patient Care: an Introduction
Entry Requirements

Applicants would benefit from having attained the knowledge, skills, experience or qualifications required by one or more of the following qualifications and/or experience 

  • The units from the NPA in Oral Health Care: an Introduction at SCQF Level 5 (or equivalent qualifications) 
  • Core Skills (Communication, Numeracy, Problem Solving, Information and Communication Technology and Working with Others) at SCQF Level 5 or above 
  • SQA units in a Science, Maths or English based subject at SCQF Level 5 or above 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed through integrated assessments, projects and group tasks. 
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All external applicants are invited in for an informal discussion and will have to complete a written exercise 
  • Students progressing internally from Edinburgh College will have a one to one discussion with the team  
Progression And Articulation Routes

On successful completion of this course, i.e. pass all units, have excellent attendance and meet our fitness to practice guidelines you may be able to progress to SVQ Dental Nursing SCQF Level 7. 

Career Opportunities
  • Dental or medical reception 
  • Local decontamination units 
  • Health and social care 


Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 21/01/2022
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