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This Modern Apprenticeship helps your employees meet the standards required to be included on the register for Dental Care Practitioners. It’s suitable for dental nurses in any sector – such as general or community practices, hospitals, commercial organisations, education and training or the armed forces.

The qualification

SCQF level 7

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 7 in Dental Nursing.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

Progression and development

After completing this apprenticeship, dental nurses could progress onto a range of careers in the sector. This includes:

  • Dental hygienist/therapist
  • Dental technician, including clinical dental technician and maxillofacial technician
  • Dental health educators/oral health promotion officers
  • Dental practice managers and receptionists
  • Maxillofactial prosthetists and technologists

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?


We will contribute towards the training costs, paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use the contribution tables to work out the funding level for this framework:

Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (16-24 age group)
Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table (25+ age group)

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach which will meet the needs of your business.


Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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