Dental nurses are an essential part of the healthcare sector. With this apprenticeshipyou’ll learn how to prepare equipment and instruments used during procedures. You'll learn to ensure they are clean and hygienic and also manage patient records, keeping them up to date. You’ll increase your knowledge of dental technology. The skills you develop can help you work in a variety of sectors, such as dental hospitals, the armed forces and commercial businesses.  

Studying for a dental nursing apprenticeship can lead to range of job opportunities. Work as a dental hygienist and protect patients against illness. Help to educate people as an oral health promotion officer. The apprenticeship can give you the skills to succeed in the dental health industry.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 7 in dental nursing. The qualification includes:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in dental nursing at SCQF level 7.  
  • Work experience in an exciting and growing industry  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Carry out best health and safety practices 
  • Improve your dental hygiene knowledge 
  • Work with different dental tools  
  • Educate people on dental hygiene  
  • Create lasting relationships with your co-workers   

You will also develop the following core skills:   

  • Communication 
  • Time management  
  • Problem-solving  
  • Team work    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles like dental practice management  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a number of optionsChoose to continue your studies with a degree in dental hygiene or go on to a full-time job.   

Further education: Carry on your studies with a BA in dental nursingYour experience will support your university application.     

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to get a dental nursing job. Several have been listed below: 

  • Dental hygienist  
  • Dental therapist  
  • Oral health promotion officer  
  • Dental practice manager  
  • Clinical dental technician  
  • Maxillofacial technician  

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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