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Dental Technology — Foundation Degree (FD)

Course information

This three-year, part-time course has been developed and built to match the requirements of dental technicians, employers, professional bodies, and also to meet the statutory regulator’s requirements for recognition of the higher technical skills required by modern dental technicians. These are steps needed to gain the knowledge, understanding and competence required to develop as a dental care professional (DCP).

This foundation degree recognises the practical skills training provided by a ‘workplace 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: This programme is intended to provide students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and real work-based competence to effectively operate as a dental technician and also 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.

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

FD Dental Technology Programme Handbook (20-21)

This programme is validated by The Open University. To access the OU Regulations and OU Students' Guide please follow the links below:

OU Regulations

OU Students' Guide


Foundation Degree in 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 the degree top-up.

Entry Requirements

• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• MMM grade profile (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

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.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

Why study with us?

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 provide hands-on training in any new technologies as they are introduced.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163374

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 3 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

Fee for21/22 is 5519.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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