What is special about this course?
This leading degree in Oral Health Science offers prospective students (including school leavers, qualified dental nurses, and those who are considering a career change) the opportunity to train for a structured professional career in dental hygiene and dental therapy; a sector currently experiencing a shortage in skilled practitioners.
The role of dental hygienists and dental therapists is varied. You will provide clinical and educational care in the community, including prevention, fillings and treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. Strong values, an ethical approach and good communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in a team, are essential.
You will receive a thorough understanding in all aspects of dental care including the latest in practical skills and procedures. Delivered from our purpose-built dental buildings in Inverness, Stornoway and Dumfries, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and a highly skilled team of clinical and academic staff.
- The course is delivered from state-of-the-art training units at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, Dumfries Dental Centre and Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
- You will learn clinical skills and undertake treatments in supervised patient clinics
- The course is taught and supported by a professional team of clinical and academic staff
- You will benefit from small group teaching
- The course is taught using a combination of face-to-face and online methods
- In your final year you will undertake a work placement in a hospital or in clinics situated across Scotland
- On completion of the full BSc you will be able to register with the General Dental Council as a dental hygienist and dental therapist
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 4 Scottish Highers at grade B or above OR
- 3 A levels at grade BCC or above
- One B grade must include a science subject, preferably Biology or Human Biology. English is also preferred
- For those who do not have English at Higher or A level then Standard Grade English at Credit level, or GCSE English at A or B is required
- Applicants with a recognised qualification in dental nursing may also apply
- Applicants without traditional entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered for the course on the basis of a portfolio of alternative evidence of the required knowledge and experience
In addition, all applicants to this programme will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- A genuine interest in the care and treatment of patients as part of the dental team
- Demonstration of care 'values'
- Good manual dexterity as evidenced through relevant skills
- Team working ability
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- IT experience e.g. word processing packages, email and using the internet
- A high level of commitment due to the intensive nature of this academic and clinical degree programme
Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):
- Access to: Biological Science (West Lothian College)
- Access to: Health and Life Sciences (Fife College)
- Access to: Life Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Life Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Medical and Life Sciences (North East College)
Year 1 - CertHE
- Behavioural science
- Biomedical science
- Clinical dentistry 1
- Clinical practice 1
- Oral biology
Year 2 - DipHE
- Clinical dentistry 2
- Clinical practice 2
- Dental public health
- Human disease
- Radiography and radiology
Year 3 - BSc
- Literature review oral health science
- Advanced clinical dentistry 1
- Advanced clinical destistry 2
- Preparation for practice
- Clinical practice 3
How will I study my course?
- Full-time - 3 years
- You will learn through a combination of practical clinical and patient skills sessions, video conference lectures, online study and tutorials taught by experts in Inverness (Centre for Health Science), Dumfries (Dumfries Dental Centre) and Stornoway (Western Isles Dental Centre).
- Some modules are available via online study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) which is supported by your tutors and student advisor
- All practical work is face-to-face
- You are also required to attend an induction session in Inverness prior to the start of your course
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 3 years @ 37.5 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
You will enrol at Inverness College UHI or Lews Castle College UHI. Teaching sessions are run at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, Dumfries Dental Centre and Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Applicants interested in studying in Dumfries should apply to Inverness College UHI: location offered will depend on applicant numbers.
For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2017-18 and 2018-19).
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
On successful completion of this BSc Oral Health Science course there will be many career opportunities open to you, including:
- General dental practice
- Salaried dental practice
- Hospital practice
- Armed forces
- Academic training
Is there more information available online?
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