Peninsula Dental School

BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene

This exciting programme is innovative and patient-centred and takes place in a supportive and research rich environment. You’ll mix with both dental and dental nursing students and learn within a variety of dental teaching clinics. You'll work within our state-of-the-art facilities, receiving the highest level of core skills and knowledge. You'll become skilled at communicating with patients and colleagues, preparing you for your future role as a healthcare professional.

You will benefit from a course mapped against the General Dental Council's 'Preparing for Practice'. You'll be well prepared to approach clinical problems holistically, appreciating personal social dimensions as well as the biomedical basis of oral diseases. You will be supervised by a team of consultants in clinical dentistry in each of our dental education facilities. You’ll also benefit from the strong partnerships within the University and NHS.

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Key features

  • Your learning will be integrated with dental students throughout the programme; this inter-professional approach to education will prepare you for working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Benefit from a programme mapped against the General Dental Council's 'Preparing for Practice'.
  • Prepare for your future role as a healthcare professional.
  • Become skilled at communicating with patients and colleagues.
  • You'll be well prepared to approach clinical problems holistically, appreciating personal social dimensions as well as the biomedical basis of oral diseases.
  • Your clinical supervision is underpinned by a team of consultants in clinical dentistry in each of our Dental Education Facilities.
  • Extensive e-learning, library and other facilities which include videos, CDs, DVDs, books, publications, access to electronic journals and facilities for telematic conferencing.
  • Engage directly with participants and service users in a unique and meaningful way with the Community Engagement Team.
  • Benefit from the state of the art facilities provided by established Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE), a Community Interest Company (CIC).
  • Strong partnerships within the University and NHS.
  • Graduates from the course who achieve a distinction, are invited to apply to join Year 2 of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. This bespoke entry route is valid for two years post BSc completion. For further information about this entry route please visit the BDS entry requirements page.   

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll explore the scientific basis of normal structure, function and behaviour, focusing on dental health, prevention of dental disease and the underlying principles of personal and professional development. You'll be introduced to the clinic and the Simulated Dental Learning Environment (SDLE) at an early stage, and gain insight into the importance of team working in dentistry as you integrate with other members of the team and work in small study groups.
    Core modules
    • DTH411 Integrated Dental Science 1

      This module introduces basic and clinical sciences and the principles of human disease prevention which underpin dental skills, the safe use of ionising radiation together with the properties and usage of biomaterials in dentistry.

    • DTH412 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1

      This module provides an introduction to clinical dentistry and the management of medical emergencies and by the end of the module, at the mid-point of the year, students will be ready to commence providing dental care for patients. All learning and assessment in the module take place in the simulated setting to enable students to practice clinical skills.

    • DTH413 Introduction to Clinical Practice 2

      This module continues the students' introduction to the essential range of basic skills needed for the safe practice of primary dental care by dental therapists and hygienists and provides the clinical basis for the student's first experiences in caring for patients. From the beginning of this module, each time a student is successful at a capability assessment within the simulated environment they may start to provide that procedure for patients in the clinic.

    • DTH415 Professional Development 1

      This module introduces students to reflective adult learning and assists with the development of professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to dentistry. Every term the student will meet their Academic Tutor and reflect on and review their performance in all aspects of professionalism within the programme by presentation of a reflective questionnaire and discussion.

    • DTH416 Inter-Professional Engagement 1

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you'll build on the foundations you've put in place so far - you'll consider common dental problems, as well as disease mechanisms, in much greater depth. You'll develop your clinical skills further and apply` what you have learnt to the realities of dental practice.
    Core modules
    • DTH521 Applied Dental Therapy Knowledge 1

      This module enables students to further develop their depth of knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning dental practice and includes oral disease, pharmacology and dental materials. The module continues to support the application of basic biomedical, clinical sciences and disease prevention principles which underpin dental skills and the effective and safe care of patients in the dental environment. Topic areas include basic sciences as applied to dentistry, knowledge of the comprehensive delivery of clinical dentistry for dental therapists and hygienists including restorative dentistry for children and adults, dental radiology, pharmacology and therapeutics, oral medicine, oral pathology, professionalism, law and ethics

    • DTH522 Developing Clinical Practice 1

      Continuing clinical experience caring for patients and the development of further skills in the simulated environment. Following each patient visit students will reflect on their clinical and professional performance and receive feedback. Further support is provided for individual students who have difficulty with any particular procedure.

    • DTH523 Developing Clinical Practice 2

      This module enables students to acquire the clinical, administrative and communication skills relevant to the safe and effective practice of an increasing range of treatments within primary care dentistry for a student in preparation for their final year.

    • DTH525 Professional Development 2

      This module supports students to further develop reflective adult learning skills and assists with the development of professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to dentistry. Every term the student will meet their Academic Tutor and reflect and review on their performance in all aspects of professionalism within the programme.

    • DTH527 Clinical Audit

    • DTH528 Inter-Professional Engagement 2

      In year two of the programme, students are able to build on their learning from the year one project by focusing on a single community-based organisation within Devon and Cornwall. Students in small groups visit organisations to develop an understanding of how these organisations support particular community gropus and/or individuals to adopt positive healthy lifestyles and how they help their clients/service users to overcome the social and organisational barriers that prevent them from achieving this.

  • Final year
  • Your final year is devoted to furthering your clinical experience and is the final preparation for dental practice. You'll become much more confident with clinical situations, healthcare teams and the principles of practice. You’ll plan multidisciplinary case presentations, designed to demonstrate that you’re capable and confident in the planning and delivery of all procedures necessary to provide optimal oral healthcare for patients. 
    Core modules
    • DTH631 Applied Dental Therapy Knowledge 2

      This module enables students to achieve the level of knowledge of clinical and communication skills, professionalism and management and leadership skills required of a graduate entering primary care as a dental therapist and hygienist. Topic areas include basic sciences as applied to dentistry, knowledge of the comprehensive delivery of clinical dentistry including restorative dentistry for children and adults, dental radiology, pharmacology and therapeutics, oral medicine, oral pathology, medicine and surgery applied to dentistry, professionalism, law and ethics.

    • DTH632 Proficient Clinical Practice 1

      This module provides students with continuing clinical experience treating patients with more complex needs.

    • DTH633 Proficient Clinical Practice 2

      This module provides students with continuing clinical experience treating patients with more complex needs, working closely with dental students and dental nurses in the dental team.

    • DTH634 Professional Development 3

      This module supports students to further develop reflective adult learning skills and assists with the development of professional behaviour and attitudes appropriate to a dental therapists and hygienist. Every term the student will meet their Academic Tutor and reflect and review on their performance in all aspects of professionalism within the BSc programme.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Programme Specification BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene (4627)

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

ABB

  • A minimum of six GCSE passes A-C/9-4 which must include English Language or Literature, Mathematics and either GCSE Double Award Science or two from Single Award Chemistry, Biology or Physics. Plus suitable Level 3 qualifications as outlined below.
  • The typical offer is ABB at GCE A level which must include Biology. General studies at GCE A/AS level is not included in any offer.
  • Applicants holding a National Certificate or Diploma in Dental Nursing will need a minimum of 2 A levels at grades BB, one of which must be biology.
  • BTEC National Diploma in a predominantly science subject area predicted or achieved at a minimum DDM.
  • Access course in a predominantly science subject area to include 45 level 3 credits, 33 of those at merit or distinction to include 15 in biology or human biology.
Please note that the typical offers above are not necessarily the threshold for selection for an interview, which may vary depending on the number of applications received.

For information regarding all other accepted qualifications (International Baccalaureate Diploma, Scottish Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate etc.), please contact the Admissions Team at meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

For detailed selection and admissions process guidance please review our technical manual for the current application cycle.

Extended entry requirements
  • English language requirements
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.  Please note that from 2021 entry applicants from the EU will be considered international students for fee paying purposes and may be required to obtain a visa to allow study in the UK.

If you intend to practice in your home country post-graduation please ensure you check with the nations’ dental council before committing to study with us. Individual requirements are often not very transparent and you should confirm whether our degree is transferable overseas before submitting an application.

Selection and admissions process

We have outlined our selection and admissions process, providing information from interviews to deferred entry.

For detailed selection and admissions process guidance please review our technical manual for the current application cycle.

Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021 2022
Home £9,250 To be confirmed
International £25,000 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £770 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Health and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Health additional costs.

How to apply

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applicants must be submitted by the published deadline, which is typically the 15 January for Dental Therapy and Hygiene.

The UCAS code for the Faculty of Health is P60 PLYM.

For more information contact the Admissions Team:

Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
The John Bull Building
Tamar Science Park
Plymouth
PL6 8BU

Telephone: +44 1752 437333  Fax: +44 1752 517842

Professor Christopher Tredwin, Head of School

With our state-of-the-art facilities we are committed to producing dental practitioners and dental therapists and hygienists with clinical skills of the highest order and a strong sense of social awareness.

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Learn about the roles and research interests of our school staff

Joe's positive experience of studying BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene at Plymouth has left him keen to encourage more males to apply.

"Plymouth offers a modern and unique way of learning, with a large emphasis on integration. You learn alongside Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) students throughout, working together as a team to offer a holistic approach to patient care. I was aware dental hygiene and therapy was a female-dominated career but finding out I was the only male dental hygiene and therapy student of my cohort was quite surprising. However, I integrated well and we all supported each other. Working so closely with BDS gave us the opportunity to make friendships across the courses and this is what made Plymouth stand out to me."

Joseph Burchell, Dental Therapy and Hygiene Graduate

Raashi Mehta – student profile

The best part of the course is the amount of patient contact – right from the first year when I saw my first patient six months into the course. This makes Peninsula Dental School a very unique learning environment.

Learn more about Raashi Mehta

Student insight – Yewande Oduwole

No matter what you are studying there is always a way that you can make an impact and a positive change in someone’s life.

Yewande made the most of her time as a dental student by taking on multiple entrepreneurial and humanitarian projects.

Find out more about Yewande's story

Your voice counts

Our programmes in Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Healthcare Sciences all achieved student satisfaction rating in excess of 92 per cent in 2014.

We are proud of our exceptionally high level of student satisfaction as measured in the National Student Survey (NSS).

The interview

Before receiving an offer to study on one of our programmes you will be invited to attend an interview.

This attempts to find out whether you have the personal attributes required to become a doctor or dentist of tomorrow.

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Supporting your learning

The course has many features which will enhance your learning experience.

From technology-enhanced learning and our Life Sciences Resource Centre and much more.

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BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene Locations

Where will I be based?

We have exceptional facilities across five locations: Portland Square, Devonport and Derriford in Plymouth, and in Exeter.

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Discover more about the programme

The school draws on the strengths of its University and NHS partners to deliver the most exciting and innovative undergraduate dental therapy and hygiene degree programme.

It is carefully structured to ensure you will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for entry into your first clinical job.

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The Community Engagement Team (CET)

Engaging directly with participants and service users in a unique and meaningful way.

The CET works alongside organisations and projects to support positive lifestyle choices; promoting dental health and well being.

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Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise CIC

As such, everything it does is guided by the need to fulfil its ‘community interest statement’ which sets out its mission and reason for existence as a company.

​Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise (PDSE) is a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Find out more about Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise CIC

People

This course is approved by the General Dental Council.