Dental Technology, BSc Degree (Top Up)

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The BSc Dental Technology degree has been developed to allow students who gain the Dental Technology foundation degree to top up to a full honours degree through a further two years part-time study. It is built to match the requirements of dental technicians, employers, professional bodies, and also meet the statutory regulators requirements for recognition of the higher technical skills required by modern dental technicians. These are the steps needed to gain the knowledge, understanding and competence you will require to develop as a Dental Care Professional (DCP). This top-up course recognises the practical skill training provided by a ‘work place mentor’ in one of the disciplines of dental technology, and formal credit will be given for the developed competence and integration with other members of the dental team.

Skills and knowledge developed: The BSc Dental Technology programme is intended to provide students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and real work-based competence to effectively operate as dental technicians and be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a dental technician. It is therefore essential that students attend all planned sessions and complete to high standards the work set for student development and assessment.

Special Features: Within the scheme, there is opportunity for learners to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links to the GDC and other dental programmes facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a dental laboratory. Learning is supported through a series of external manufacturers and suppliers who give hands-on training in any new technologies as they are introduced.

Teaching Methods: The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme link directly to the vocational context and diversify into a range of skills required by the dental manufacturing industries. These include (but are not exclusive to) Removable Prosthodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics and Removable Orthodontics and business and enterprise competence. Teaching and learning methods include formal lectures and seminars which underpin the creative and technical practical workshop-style sessions with relevant historical and cultural reference. Practical modules taking place in the laboratory environment with tutor support and guidance, with extra independent learning sessions timetabled to allow access to specialist equipment and resources.

Assessment Methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of written essays, reports a series of project based practical assessments, assessment of laboratory practice, a final project and the submission of clinically acceptable dental appliances.

Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and technical outcomes. Self and peer assessment in convener/critique situations is an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

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