The University of Northampton
Dental Nursing FdSc
The University of Northampton

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Dental Nursing Foundation Degree course provides you with a wide range of academic skills and work related competencies. On completion of the award you will be able to apply for registration with the General Dental Council.

The course is designed to recognise the increasing need for theory linked to practice, which is supported through applying the General Dental Council Standards for the Dental Team (2013) and the General Dental Council (2015) learning outcomes for Dental Nurses.

You will understand the key competencies required to work safely as a registered dental nurse and on completion of the course you will be able to put these into practice confidently. Our Dental Nursing course encourages the holistic care and treatment of dental patients and supports you in expanding your knowledge so that you are prepared for a career in Dental Nursing.

The course links theory to practice, supported through underpinning knowledge, work-based clinical skills, and placement options each year. You will be offered a range of work placements in environments such as general dental practices, hospitals and orthodontics, which will allow you to develop your competence in a range of skills before you register with the General Dental Council.

Through studying this Foundation Degree you will be able to develop careers in areas of dental nursing including radiography, oral hygiene instruction, sedation, work-based mentoring and special care dental nursing.

Ranked 10th in the country for Nursing and Midwifery in the Best UK University Guardian League table (2021) and consistently achieving a high students’ employment rate, you can be confident that you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge when you graduate.

By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:

  • You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

  • Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (

  • Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

  • Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

  • We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

✱ terms and conditions apply, see for more information ✱✱ source: Guardian University League Table 2021

Found to be sufficient by the General Dental Council (GDC) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 6 graduates of Dental Nursing FdSc at The University of Northampton for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Dental Nursing.

Overall student satisfaction
73 /100
6 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Dental Nursing FdSc at The University of Northampton

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Dental Nursing FdSc at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £25000 £27000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £26000 £16000 - £32500 £17000 - £34500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Dental Nursing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24857 £22000 £24385
25-75 percentile range £23429 - £36786 £15538 - £28769 £16115 - £31077

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Dental Nursing, FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Dental Nursing FdSc at The University of Northampton

55% Other Health Professionals
40% Caring personal services

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

There are various assessment methods, these include: examinations; viva voce; clinical simulated tests; presentations; assignments; electronic clinical portfolio and others.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements


GCSE English at grade 4 (or C) or equivalent is required. Please note Key Skills or Functional Skills qualifications and their equivalents are not accepted.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 4.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • General Test
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Dental Nursing, FdSc.


Tuition Fees Dental Nursing FdSc

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of Northampton in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of Northampton in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #22 
    • #36 
    Good University Guide by Subject - The Times
    [Published ]
    • #50 
    • #62 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of The University of Northampton

What students say about studying Dental Nursing in the UK?

  • Studying Dental Nursing at Leeds Dental Institute
  • School of Dental Nursing | Student Testimonials
  • A Day in the Life of a Dental Nurse - Shelby North

About The University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is a public institution in Northampton, England which places particular emphasis on the student experience, promoting a personalised educational experience with lecturers who care about their students. Waterside Campus, Avenue and Park Campuses as well as their Innovation Center are the University of Nottingham’s main campus sites.

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Where is this programme taught

University of Northampton Waterside Campus
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