Dental Nursing

Modern Apprenticeship



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.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7.

Select Level 7 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

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 or therapist

  • Dental technician, including clinical dental technician and maxillofacial technician

  • Dental health educators or oral health promotion officers

  • Dental practice managers and receptionists

  • Maxillofactial prosthetists and technologists

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

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

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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