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Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

This apprenticeship is designed to support individuals to meet the professional standard for people working as a trainee dental nurse within the industry. The primary role of the dental nurse is to provide chairside support to dental professionals and deliver a high level of patient care.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You must be able to pass Level 2 in both English and maths following an initial assessment.

Course content

The apprenticeship reflects all aspects of clinical responsibilities and duties of a dental nurse’s role and will provide the apprentice with a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing as per requirements for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). For those who have not achieved Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English this will also be a prime element of the course.

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Communication
  • Health intervention
  • Person centered support and planning
  • Dementia, cognitive and mental health issues
  • Personal and people development
  • Activities for daily living 

The apprenticeship will comply of Knowledge and Skills and behaviours:


  • Dental and regional anatomy
  • Respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Transmissions of infectious diseases and their prevention
  • Material equipment and resources
  • Medical emergencies
  • Legislative compliance
  • GDC guidelines
  • Communication
  • Self-management


  • Health promotion
  • Clinical skills
  • Patient care
  • Patient management
  • Management  skills
  • Communication skills


  • Ethical
  • Professional
  • Commitment
  • Responsible
  • Reflection and self-awareness

Assessment methods

You will need to pass the end point assessment – prior to this you must achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing and have approved licence to practice with the GDC. At end point assessment, you will be assessed by a synoptic assessment project and and an interview with a 3rd party assessor.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing


  • Functional Skills in English and maths Level 2 (if required)

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years Flexible Only for Functional Skills if required Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street K1569

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.