Apprenticeships - Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard 061 - Dental Nursing

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 58728
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


An essential course for anyone wishing to qualify and work as a dental nurse within general practice, hospitals or community dental services.


What you will study:

Fifteen mandatory units - 4 of which are online exams.

• Reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting

• The role and responsibilities of the dental nurse

• First aid essentials

• Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures

• Offer information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health

• Provide chairside support during the assessment of patients’ oral health

• Contribute to the production of dental images

• Provide chairside support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities

• Provide chairside support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses

• Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery

• Provide chairside support during non-surgical endodontic treatment

Maths and English are key elements of apprenticeship programmes and if you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (9-4) in these subjects you will be required to study Functional Skills at the appropriate levels.

Skills in Maths and English will support your apprenticeship programme, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (9-4). Therefore, the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

How will it be delivered?

When you start the course you will be allocated an assessor who will carry out regular visits to your practice to observe you during surgery hours. Your assessor will also guide and support you in compiling your portfolio of evidence that you are reaching the required standards.

Entry requirements

Must be employed as a trainee dental nurse and have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4).

Your next steps...

Further study

Wakefield College offers various courses which can be used as Continuing Professional Development for dental care professionals. Please visit our Services to Business website at for a full list of training courses or telephone them on the number given below.


Career opportunities

There are many opportunities for qualified dental nurses within general practice, hospitals and community dental services. You may wish to progress towards becoming a dental practice manager, or move into a specialist area such as oral hygiene or orthodontic therapy.