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Dental Hygiene

Cardiff University
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: International students 30 June

Program description

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists work closely with other members of the dental team. A dental hygienist can carry out treatments such as scaling and polishing, oral health promotion and preventative fissure sealants for both adults and children. Our aim is to educate professional Dental Hygienists eligible for unsupervised clinical practice (under the prescription of a Dentist) integrated within dental teams.  

Studying at the only dental hospital in Wales you will have the opportunity to serve and manage a diverse group of patients with a wide range of dental disease. 

Clinical skills are developed in the School’s state of the art clinical skills laboratory, a facility that closely simulates the real clinical experience, allowing you to prepare and practice for patient care. You will have the opportunity to train alongside undergraduate dental therapists, and dentists learning the same skills. This will support your understanding of how your role fits the dental team environment in preparation for when you qualify. You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic clinical staff and consultants within the dental hospital as well as clinical staff working in the primary care environment. 

The School of Dentistry is located in the University Dental Hospital on Cardiff University’s Heath Park campus, a 53-acre site shared with the University Hospital of Wales. With around 100 undergraduate students per year, we are still a relatively small dental school. We facilitate a friendly and supportive sense of community that helps ensure that our students succeed. As evidence of such the NSS 2017 found that 94% of our students agreed that staff were good at explaining things.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

CC-CD including grade C in Biology or Human Biology OR A recognised Dental Nurse qualification at Level 3 pass and one A-level in Biology or Human Biology at a minimum of grade C A pass in the practical element of the A Level is required. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted. The lower end of the grade range advertised shows a typical offer for contextual applicants. Non-contextual applicants will typically receive an offer at the higher end of the advertised range. For more information, please see the University’s contextual admissions policy.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year One

Core Modules

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Human Diseases
  • Oral Diseases and their Prevention
  • Dental Radiography (Year 1)
  • Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (DipDH)
  • Clinical Practice Year 1 (DipDH)

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Dental Radiography and Radiology 2
  • Patient Management
  • Clinical Practice 2 (DipDH)
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Dental Public Health
  • Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

  • Clinical Skills. You will develop the clinical skills required to graduate as an independent practising dental hygienist.
  • Team-working. You will undertake a variety of group-based activities, working in pairs and alternating between operating and assisting. This develops your ability to work collaboratively. We ensure that you work closely with the wider dental team, including: NHS consultants, dental care professionals, dental nurses, dental technicians and administrative staff.
  • Communication skills. You will develop the ability to communicate effectively throughout the course, from formal lectures to interaction with individuals from different backgrounds. You are expected to demonstrate this ability through a commitment to a reflective practice ePortfolio.
  • Self-directed learning. You are expected to commit a substantial amount of time to self- directed learning, using the vast information resource provided. Your ability to drive your learning and development will be vital in continued personal and professional development.
  • Information technology.  Skills will be developed through Computer Aided Learning, Word Processing, Statistical Packages, Presentation software, information skills and the computer-based patient booking and electronic record system SALUD.

Upon graduation, as a result of engaging fully with the course, you will be able to:

  • Fulfil the requirements and curriculum presented by the General Dental Council
  • Understand the main disciplines relevant to the role of dental hygienists
  • Promote team working skills with an appreciation of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Deal with clinical situations and the management of patients
  • Contribute to the dental workforce
  • Demonstrate critical independence, intellectual integrity and practical skills in the context of safe clinical practice
  • Demonstrate competency at the range of procedures identified by the GDC.

Career opportunities

Graduate Careers

  • Specialist dental practice
  • Community dental practice
  • Medical research posts

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

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