Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene courses for 2018

Single Honours

The School for Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) at Bristol has a highly skilled and dedicated teaching team who provide first-class training.

As a student dental hygienist you will be taught pre-clinical and clinical skills in refurbished, state-of-the-art training facilities.

The concept of collaborative practice is a key theme throughout the course. You will be working and training alongside dental therapists, dental undergraduates and dental nurses.

We are proud of the excellent feedback we receive from our students.

Why study Dental Hygiene at Bristol?

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio allows for thorough supervision and support throughout the course. This will enable you to become a skilled, competent clinician, capable of providing high levels of clinical care and patient management.

You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods. This will give you the confidence to deliver tailored oral-health advice and carry out preventative treatments.

Clinical treatment sessions are closely supervised by experienced dental tutors. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback and reflect on your performance. You will develop a sensitive and patient-focused approach to caring for the patients referred to you for treatment.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Joining this profession requires a lifelong commitment to continued professional development. You will be a self-motivated individual who has a patient-centred approach and a flair for communicating with a diverse range of people with varying needs.

Hand-eye coordination is essential, as well as excellent manual dexterity.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

The majority of this programme is spent learning and working in a clinical environment, either in the clinical skills laboratory or in a clinic.

Scientific and technical knowledge is taught through traditional lectures, seminars and group teaching, alongside laboratory and technical work.

In the latter part of the course you will have the opportunity to work in a dental team, as part of community-based dental teaching experience at South Bristol Community Hospital.

The course is subject to a number of thorough clinical and theoretical assessments. Methods of assessment include essay writing, multiple short-answer questions, e-assessment and continuous clinical assessment. Summative assessment is used for progression throughout the course.

What are my career prospects?

Once qualified, you can register with the General Dental Council and work in a variety of settings including general dental practices, salaried dental services, specialist practices, hospitals and industry. You will be a vital part of any dental team, working collaboratively and providing primary dental care and oral healthcare advice to a wide range of patients.

After completing your dental hygiene training, you may wish to undertake further training as a dental therapist, orthodontic therapist or dentist.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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