Dental Nurse (L3) Apprenticeship Standard

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


  This qualification has been developed based on learner and employer needs and has been designed by employers for learners wishing to gain an apprenticeship within a professional dental role.

The qualification is formed of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units cover core competencies whilst the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.

How will it be delivered?

End-Point Assessment (EPA) is made up of a number of assessment elements which an Apprentice must pass in order to successfully complete their Apprenticeship. The EPA may include:
• Practical observation in the workplace
• Professional discussion based on a scenario

Diploma in Dental Nursing is assessed by a portfolio of work and online exams and includes:
• First Aid essentials
• Reducing the risk to health and safety in a dental setting
• The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
• Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
• Principles of infection control in the dental environment (on line test)
• Provide chair side support during the assessment of patients’ oral health
• Contribute to the production of dental radiographs
• Provide chair side support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries, and the restoration of cavities
• Provide chair side support during the provision of fixed and removable appliances
• Provide chair side support during non surgical endodontic treatment
• Provide chair side support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
• Provide information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
• Assessment of oral health and treatment planning (on line test)
• Dental Radiography (on line test)
• Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures (on line test)

Entry requirements

English and maths GCSEs at a minimum of grade 4 (C) or equivalent. Remember, an apprenticeship is a job so the hiring employer may have additional criteria that will have to be met alongside CRC’s entry criteria.

Your next steps...

With further training you could become a dental therapist, helping a dentist carry out the more routine dentistry work. You could also become a dental hygienist, helping people to look after their teeth and gums