How to apply: Diploma in Dental Hygiene
You should read the:
- Diploma in Dental Hygiene course entry pages (to ensure you meet all of the entry requirements)
- Diploma in Dental Hygiene admissions statement (PDF, 385kB)
- Frequently asked questions
When you are ready to apply
- Completed application form (Office document, 65kB)
- Photocopies of relevant qualification certificates *
- IELTs English Language Assessment document (if required)
- NARIC non- UK qualifications equivalency document (if required)
Mrs Donna Parkin,
Bristol School of Dental Care Professionals,
Bristol Dental Hospital,
Lower Maudlin Street,
Bristol, BS1 2LY
*originals must be brought with you if you are offered an interview.
Please note: If you fail to include all relevant documents with your application form we will not be able to proceed.
Prior to applying
Can I apply with predicted grades?
No. Bristol DCP School does not take applications based on predicted grades. You must send photocopies of all relevant qualification certificates that support your application when you send us your application form.
My exam results do not meet the requirements. Can I still apply?
Yes. But, you must have the equivalent qualifications to match five mandatory GCSE’s. One must be in English Language and although Double Science is preferred, a single science in Biology would be accepted. All GCSE’s accepted for the programme must be C grade or above to be considered.
In addition to your five GCSE’s you would need to have achieved an A level, grade C or above in Biology or Human Biology or an equivalent. Please see the undergraduate study pages if you require more details.
I have five GCSE's but not in a science subject. What should I do?
We would not be able to accept your application at the present time. You will need to gain a GCSE grade C or above in biology, chemistry or physics, our preferred subject is biology. This also applies if you have now gained an advanced qualification, A/S or A Level in a science subject.
I gained my qualifications outside of the United Kingdom. Can I still apply?
Yes, but you must send in supporting documentation to show your qualifications are at an equivalent level to those listed in our undergraduate study pages. You can do this by contacting companies such as NARIC for equivalency documents. If you have a Dental Qualification e.g. Dentist/ Dental Hygienist from outside the U.K you will also need equivalency documents, complete the whole 21 month programme and work within the General Dental Council ‘Scope of Practice’ for a Dental Hygienist.
Can I visit Bristol DCP School to look or for work experience before applying?
Some years we hold 'Taster Sessions'. These are advertised in advance in the Dental online press and on our website - look our for details each year. We are not unfortunaley able to arrange for 1:1 individual visits.
I have a disability: Can you foresee this causing any difficulties for me?
Understandably it would depend what the disability is and how you manage it. As the programme is physically and mentally demanding you must consider if you are able to proceed to clinical practice working with patients. If you would like the DCP Administrator to provide further information about a specific disability please email donna.parkin@UHBristol.nhs.uk or for any health queries please contact the Occupational Health Service on 0117 330 2572 or e-mail at: OH.General@GP-L81133.nhs.uk.
I have missed the deadline of 14 December. Can I apply later than this?
We do not accept late applications. You may however, send in your application form to be considered for the September the following year.
Does the Diploma in Dental Hygiene limit the places I can work on qualification compared to a BSc?
No, there is no difference for your future career or expected salary.
When are the interviews for Dental Hygiene held in Bristol?
If you are successful in securing an invitation to attend for interview, you will be contacted in mid-January, with interviews taking place in mid-February.
How many people do you interview?
Each year we interview up to a maximum of 50 possible candidates that have been chosen from the information given from prospective applicants. Of those who are invited to interview we offer 8 places with 2 reserve places.
How do you interview prospective students?
A typical interview consists of 3 parts;
- a verbal face to face interview with DCP staff members
- a practical task, where you will be assessed on your ability to complete and to follow a list of instructions
- a written task which will test your ability to think laterally and complete a piece of work demonstrate your comprehension skills.
After your interviews and tasks you will have a tour of our facilities and in total you should expect to be with us for 1 ½ hours in total.
If I perform badly at one of interview parts, will I be unsuccessful?
We consider your performance on all aspects of the interview day and it is quite normal to do better in some areas than on others.
Do I need to bring anything with me on the interview day?
Yes. You must bring your original examination/qualification certificates for verification. Failure to produce certificates will result in your interview being cancelled on the day, as we cannot proceed without them. Please also ensure you arrive before your allotted time as late attendees cannot be seen due to the large number of applicants attending and the careful timing of the interview day.
Why was my application unsuccessful without the opportunity of an MMI?
There is a lot of competition to study with Bristol DCP School and applications greatly exceed available places. One common reason for non-selection is that you did not meet the entry requirements as listed on the undergraduate study website. Furthermore, the Admissions Team carefully review each application and will also be looking for other criteria to demonstrate your commitment and motivation to study Dental Hygiene. This includes work experience and personal attributes that demonstrate your suitability to this career.
With the number of applications received only the strongest candidates will be picked as only around 25% of applicants will be selected for the interview stage. This does mean that some applicants will be disappointed.
Why was my application unsuccessful following my MMI?
The interview process is carefully designed give each candidate the same opportunity and is carried out by experienced members of staff who are looking to see that you have really researched your chosen subject and realistically informed yourself about a career in Dental Hygiene. They will also be looking for other personal qualities which will enable you to carry out your future role.
Each part of the interview process is scored by an assessor on three criteria, giving a total scores from different assessors, these are then collated by the Admissions Tutor to pick the highest performing candidates. You may have been unsuccessful because you were unable to demonstrate some of the qualities we look for or because your overall score may have been below that of the other interviewees on the day.
Do I need to provide my own DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check in advance of starting university?
No. If you are successful in being offered a place on our programme all relevant paperwork would be organised by us in advance of your start date, this includes an enhanced CRB check.
Do I need to provide any health information in advance of starting university?
Yes, if you accept an offer from us, you will receive a pre-programme health questionnaire with requests for blood testing for communicable diseases (Hepatitis B, C and HIV), from our Occupational Health Service. Entry onto the course will be subject to satisfactory health clearance by the Occupational Health Service. You will also be asked to supply details from your Doctor regarding past immunisations and health.
What would my personal expenses be?
Each training place is fully supported by an NHS bursary, you may also wish to take out a student loan during your studies to help with living costs. As of 2017 the NDH funding is currently under review and any alterations will be posted here as and when new advice is given by the Department of Health.
If you cannot find an answer to your specific question, please contact us.