Dental Technology — Foundation Degree (FdSc)

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Course information

This course develops the theoretical and practical knowledge of each student
through set programmes within the department. Students will study all aspects of
dental technology, to include practical skills in crown and bridge, partial
prostheics, orthodontis, complete prosthodontics and will study Dental Materials
Science, health and safety within the dental profession, dental ethics, Dental
Anatomy and Physiology. Students will be employed full time in commercial dental
laboratories or Dental Hospitals and will gain credit work carried out in the

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The course will give students experience in a
broad range of disciplines within the laboratory. It will enhance employment
opportunities and allow progression to further study on relevant degrees.
Students will also experience workshops from dental manufacturers to develop
further understanding of dental materials development and innovations such as
CAD/CAM and dental implants.

Special Features: Once completed the course will allow students to register
as a Dental Technician with the General Dental Council (GDC).

Teaching Methods: The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme will
link directly to the vocational context and will diversify into a range of
skills required by the Dental Technology Industry. Teaching and learning methods
will include formal lectures and seminars which will underpin the practical work
completed on the programme. Practical modules will take place in the teaching
laboratory with further sessions being occasionally held at the partner
university. Tutor support and guidance and extra independent learning sessions
will be timetabled to allow access to the specialist equipment and

Assessment Methods: The programme is assessed through end of unit exams and
the submission of coursework which may comprise any of the following written
essays, reports and seen exams, a series of project based practical assessments
and a final case study project completed in the workplace. Formative feedback
will support student progression in both written work and technical outcomes.
The programme allows 120 credits at each level.

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

FD Dental Technology Programme Handbook (19-20)

Course validated by The Open University.


FdSc Dental Technology. The qualification is awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University

This is a level 5 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

This course leads to...

Progression: Students will be able to progress in their careers with their present employer or look to progress onto a part or full time BSc final year programme.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:
Students MUST be employed within a dental laboratory as part of the study programme. A workplace mentor is appointed to aid with the development of students during the course. Students must normally have 5 GCSEs at A*-C to include English and maths, a relevant level 3 qualification such as the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (with some units gained at Merit or above) or appropriate A-levels, although mature students with substantial experience may be considered. Students are interviewed prior to being offered a place on the course.

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Course ID: 157479

Course Year: 19/20

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

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