Dental Nursing - Level 6

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This course is for you if you want to invest in dental nursing as a career choice but do not have the entry qualifications to study the HNC Dental Nursing. The course covers a broad range of routine dental subjects which have been purposefully written to develop the skills and expertise of a student dental nurse whilst affording opportunities to articulate onto higher level dental nursing programmes.

You will be taught in a state of the art dental facility by a dental team who are current practitioners. 


Communications at Level 4 or National 5 English at C grade or above, and an additional National 5 at C or above, or successful completion of the Level 5 in Dental Nursing at SCQF Level 5. Participation at an information session, skills assessment and interview forms part of the selection criteria.

Your place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check in the form of an enhanced PVG. You will be required to be immunised in line with Occupational Health's recommendation.


The course covers a range of dental topics relevant to a student Dental Nurse to include:

  • Decontamination of Reusable Dental Instruments
  • Health and Safety in a Dental Environment
  • Practicing as a Dental Nurse
  • Dental and Oral Anatomy
  • Personal Presentation and Protection
  • Cross Infection Control
  • Routine Dental Treatment 
  • Medicaments to Support Routine Dental Treatment
  • Charting the Dentition and Recording Periodontal Health  
  • Cores skills: Communication, ICT and Numeracy

The course also involves a placement within a dental environment where you will be supported by a New College Lanarkshire (NCL) dental work based assessor who will support you in placement and guide and observe the on the job skills you develop.

Where can I go from here?

Graduates of this course will be able to go directly into the following courses: