Dental Technology — BSc Degree (Top Up)

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Course information

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

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; and
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

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

BSc Dental Technology Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Course validated by The Open University.


BSc (Hons) Dental Technology

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, and progression is through direct entry into the industry or through further study at post graduate level.

Entry Requirements

FdSc Dental Technology qualification from the same awarding body. GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent.

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. All applicants must be employed full time in a dental laboratory.

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Course ID: 157816

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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