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Dental Nursing SVQ Level 3

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time
Part time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

Cost £743 - £1008
(see funding options)

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Course overview

This course is for applicants wishing to train as a Dental Care Professional (DCP). Dental Nursing SVQ Level 3 is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career as a dental nurse. During this course, you will learn the essential employability skill of chair-side support to team members during treatment sessions in dental surgery. 

Part-time applicants must be employed as trainee dental nurses and will be required to complete an induction unit prior to commencing SVQ. For part-time application information please email: modernapprenticeships@edinburghcollege.ac.uk or call 0131 297 8600


Once you have successfully completed this qualification you are required to undertake further study with the PDA (Professional Development Award) in Dental Nursing. To undertake this PDA you are required to be in employment as a trainee Dental Nurse and complete your studies whilst working.


To register and work as a Dental Nurse you are required to hold both qualifications and meet the GDC standards of Conduct. Read more about the GDC.

What you will learn

  • Chair-Side Support
  • The Preparation of Instruments
  • Mixing of Dental Materials
  • Patient Comfort
  • Preparation and Maintenance of the Clinical Environment
  • Infection Control Guidelines
  • Recording of Clinical Charting
  • Maintaining Patient Records
  • Dental Radiographs

Placement information

For full-time applicants - Placement on this level, of course, is mandatory. We plan a balanced delivery between work placement and College. 

  • For the first 8 weeks of the course, there will be no placement requirement 
  • From week 9 you will be in placement for 2 full days per week 
  • This delivery strategy is subject to change to meet operational requirements 

    How the course is assessed

    • Continual assessment with a portfolio of clinical experience 
    • E-Assessment using industry-recognised assessment programmes 
    • A minimum of two mandatory workplace observations by SVQ assessors 

    Number of days per week

      For full-time applicants: 

      • 3 full days for the first 8 weeks 
      • 2 full days from week 9 
      • You are also allocated 3 hours per week for the full 36 weeks for self-directed study activities 

      Progression and Articulation Routes

      Once you have successfully completed this SVQ 3 Dental Nursing qualification you are required to undertake further study on to the PDA in Dental Nursing. To undertake this PDA you are required to be in employment as a trainee Dental Nurse (in a Dental Care setting) and complete your studies whilst working. 

      To register and work as a Dental Nurse you are required to hold both qualifications and meet the GDC standards of Conduct. 

      Career options

      • Dental practices
      • Clinics 
      • Dental hospitals 
      • Opportunities to undertake post registration qualifications leading to specialist clinical roles 

      Study Options

      Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
      Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks £1008
      Sighthill Campus Part time 29/08/22 41 Weeks £743

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