BSc (Hons) Dental Technology

Interested in developing an exciting career in dentistry Our Centre for Dental Sciences is the newest dental education department in England, offering opportunities to work in state-of-the-art dental laboratories with access to the latest technology and specialist equipment, all while earning your BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology along the way.

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

B840

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Interested in a career that combines technical skill, the ability to care for people and a level of artistry? Dental technicians (or dental technologists as they are often referred to) make dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients’ appearance, speech and chewing function. The University of Bolton is home to state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable, professional staff committed to delivering a varied curriculum of theoretical, practical and transferable material. Studying subjects within the fundamental areas of oral anatomy and physiology, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest equipment in our specialised laboratories and learn the biomechanics and biomaterials science behind dental appliance design.

We’re dedicated to coaching the next generation of dental technicians in the knowledge and competency required to compete and exceed in this sought-after profession. Strongly employer informed and designed to meet the learning outcomes required by the General Dental Council, this course aims to provide students with a thorough overview of the key regulatory, legal and ethical topics relevant to the industry today, as well as the essential theory of dental technology and biomedical science.

Highlights
  • As a dental technology undergraduate, you’ll have access to the latest specialist equipment in our advanced laboratories and have the chance to participate in regular hands-on sessions to help develop your practical capabilities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to apply your skills to live patient cases via work-based learning modules.
  • The course has strong employer links, reinforced by industrial dental laboratory work placements. Every student is assigned a work-based mentor, supported by a work placement officer from the dental academic team.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.
Key Features
  • Practical projects are assessed in the three key disciplines of fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics and orthodontics. You’ll have the opportunity to further demonstrate your skills by completing a specialist dental technology module.
  • In preparation for your dissertation, you’ll focus on study skills and research methodologies over two modules.
  • Opportunities for progression after completing the include BSc (Hons) course include dental technology MSc and PhD programmes.
Professional recognition
This programme was new for 2016 and has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following initial quality assurance processes. The GDC inspected the University provision in the academic year 2018/19 and have reported to the Registrar that the programme is fit for purpose to develop individuals for professional registration as dental technicians.

  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include a science subject; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Dental Technology.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and undertake a manual dexterity test as part of the application process.
  • If you have experience of working in other dental team roles, we’ll be happy to consider your application, providing you can present evidence of satisfactory level 3 qualifications.
  • Some work placements involved in this course involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you’ll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you’ll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


On this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the fundamental aspects of oral anatomy and physiology and its influence on dental appliance design. Practical skills development is a crucial element in the training of a dental technician, as is being aware of relevant theory – this course challenges learners to critically analyse theoretical principles in order to make informed choices on the methods and materials used to produce a range of biomechanically sound appliances.

This course is designed for students who want to work in the field of dental technology or dental biomaterials who will take up posts in academia, research or industry.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate career opportunities are available in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices, dental manufacturing companies and dental schools. Within the NHS there is a clear management structure to work through, while within the commercial sector there are options of becoming a laboratory owner or manager with several years of experience.

Dental science has a rich history of academic development, with progression on to MSc postgraduate courses and PhD research available to successful graduates. Possible postgraduate study options can support progression into clinical dentistry, research or teaching.

Alternative career options

You could train as a healthcare scientist, specialising in reconstructive sciences like maxillofacial prosthetics through the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). Graduates may also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers – for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Career options include:

  • Dental implantology
  • Clinical dental technology
  • Dental therapy
  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Nursing
  • Sales

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2020/2021.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
Alliance Learning
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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


PLEASE NOTE: To meet the requirements of the General Dental Council, all modules are compulsory on this course.

Our BSc (Hons) course in Dental Technology is delivered through the blended methods of face-to-face tuition and online learning. Lectures are held to introduce specific subjects and areas of study, reinforced by tutorials, workshops and practical classes where this theory can be applied.

Class sizes are small to maximise contact with tutors and support is provided via regular feedback and advice on your progress and developmental needs. Electronic learning materials are provided through the virtual learning environment, enabling self-directed study on or off campus.

Assessment takes various forms, including examinations, essays, reports, employment journals, oral presentations, practical tasks and assessment of your practical manufacturing portfolio. In your final year of study your skills will also be assessed through a dissertation.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Dental Technology Dissertation Project
  • Principles of Dental Aesthetics and Occlusion
  • Specialised Dental Technology Discipline
  • Advanced Oral Biomedical Science
  • Dental Technology Techniques for Orthodontics
  • Dental Technology Techniques for Removable Prosthodontics
  • Dental Technology Techniques for Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Employment Practice B
  • Research Methodology
  • Introductory Dental Biomaterials Science
  • Employment Practice A
  • Basic Dental Technology Techniques
  • Oral Anatomy and Physiology and Basic Dental Appliance Design
  • Preparing for Practice and Study Skills
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 30%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 30%
Level twoCoursework 30%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 30%
Level threeCoursework 30%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 30%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 30%, Placement/study abroad 25%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 45%
Level twoGuided independent study 45%, Placement/study abroad 25%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 30%
Level threeGuided independent study 55%, Placement/study abroad 20%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Nikolaos Poulis
Programme Leader

N.Poulis@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903268

Debra Charnock
Senior Lecturer

D.Charnock@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903287

Frances Oldroyd
Lecturer

F.Oldroyd@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903766

Bob Biggs
Head of Centre for Dental Sciences

B.Biggs@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903791

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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