FdSc Dental Technology

Looking for a challenge you can really sink your teeth into? The Dental Technology FdSc course from the University of Bolton is a part-time vocational programme designed to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to establish a rewarding career in the dental industry.

FdSc Dental Technology

Course details

Skilled dental technicians are increasingly in demand – with an FdSc in Dental Technology, you’ll have the opportunity to establish the vocational skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to compete in this sought-after profession.

Our Higher Apprenticeship for Dental Technicians has been developed with industry input. It's designed to fully comply with the requirements of the General Dental Council, building your competency in areas like oral anatomy and physiology, biomaterial science, dental appliance design, and dental technology.

You’ll also cover professionalism, ethics, legislation and regulation, as well as analytical, decision making and reflective skills. In addition, we’ll help you to develop your practical abilities in relevant disciplines like biomechanical design and production of dental devices. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment in our specialised laboratories and learning areas.

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdSc
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • The course aims to help you to develop the professional skills and knowledge required to compete in the dental technology employment market, as well as prepare you for further study.
  • Our course tutors are highly qualified professionals from the health, dental and engineering disciplines.
  • Working in state-of-the-art, purpose-built dental laboratories, you’ll have access to specialist industry-standard equipment and the latest dental technology.
  • Strongly careers-oriented, our Higher Apprenticeship for Dental Technicians has been developed following consultation with employers and industry bodies, including the Dental Laboratory Association and the Dental Technicians Association.
  • On successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded an FdSc in Dental Technology.

Key features:

  • This programme offers a comprehensive overview of technical dentistry, including oral anatomy and physiology, biomaterial science, dental appliance design and dental technology.
  • The FdSc in Dental Technology provides business links for students, reinforced by industrial work placements.
  • Successful completion of the programme will ensure that you fully meet competency requirements of the General Dental Council.
  • Suitable for part-time students, this course is a vocational route into dental technology, completed over two years.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 48
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdSc
  • Duration: 3 years

You are expected to have successfully completed a Level 3 qualification in any subject, though your possession of a mathematics, English or science subject will confer an advantage; for instance, A-level Biology or BTEC Extended Diploma in Dental Technology.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and undertake a manual dexterity test as part of the application process.

If you have experience of working in other dental team roles, we’ll be happy to consider your application, providing you can present evidence of satisfactory level 3 qualifications.

You must be in full-time employment in a dental laboratory.

We’ll also require the completion of SFA Higher Apprenticeship employer documentation prior to your commencement of the course.

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. Find out more

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you should have developed a comprehensive understanding of oral anatomy and physiology from a dental perspective, both in terms of the appliance design, and the methods and technologies used to construct dental appliances to meet the needs of the patient.

The FdSc course is taught via a collaborative approach between biosciences, engineering and health academic staff. This enables delivery of a curriculum designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the graduate job sectors of dentistry. The course offers experience in a broad range of disciplines within the laboratory and aims to enhance opportunities for both employment and further study.

What can I do with this qualification?

Career opportunities are available to graduates of this course in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices, dental manufacturing companies and dental schools, or you could progress to further study.

Employment and progression prospects for current dental technicians are excellent. It is reported (Unistats) that 80% of traditional undergraduates enter into employment within the dental sector, with 20% continuing their academic development. With this new Higher Apprenticeship it is envisaged that 100% of completing apprentices will enter into employment, with the option to continue studying for a full BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.

Alternative career options

  • Dental implantology
  • Clinical dental technology
  • Dental therapy
  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Nursing
  • Sales

Professional recognition

This programme was new for 2016 and has been provisionally accepted to commence delivery by the General Dental Council (GDC) following initial quality assurance processes. The GDC inspected the University provision in the academic year 2018/19 and have reported to the Registrar that the programme is fit for purpose to develop individuals for professional registration as dental technicians.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Dental Technology Techniques - Orthodontics
  • Dental Technology Techniques - Removable Prosthodontics
  • Dental Technology Techniques - Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Employment Practice (B) - Personal Development Plan
  • Research Methodology
  • Introductory Dental Biomaterials Science
  • Employment Practices (A) - Personal Development Plan
  • Basic Dental Technology Techniques
  • Oral Anatomy, Physiology and Basic Dental Appliance Design
  • Preparing for Practice and Study Skills

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our FdSc in Dental Technology course is taught via a blended method of face-to-face sessions and online learning through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. At lectures, seminars and tutorials you’ll have the opportunity to learn the theory of your subject and discuss issues directly with your tutor and classmates. In practical workshops, demonstrations and critiques, meanwhile, you’ll have the chance to build practical skills and apply the theory you’ve learned.

Practical abilities are evaluated at your work placement and during appraisal reviews – work-based mentors will play a key role in the continuing development of your hands-on skills. You’ll be guided in establishing technical processes through observation, evaluation and application exercises, which are designed to help you build skills in the construction of dental appliances. Practical projects will be set to provide you with insight into the professional environment and you’ll be expected to gain substantial experience in a dental laboratory setting.

Assessments include essays, reports, oral presentations, employment journals and portfolio entries, as well as practical manufacturing tasks and exams. In-keeping with the part-time nature of the course, written assessments are weighted more heavily than exams in terms of grade value in comparison with the dental technology undergraduate degree programme.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (30%), Practical exams (40%), Written exams (30%)
Level Two Coursework (30%), Practical exams (40%), Written exams (30%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (30%), Placement/study abroad (25%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (45%)
Level Two Guided independent study (45%), Placement/study abroad (25%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (30%)

Contact The University

Key facts

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  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
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  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Bob Biggs
Head of Centre for Dental Sciences
Email: B.Biggs@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903791

Debra Charnock
Senior Lecturer
Email: D.Charnock@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903287

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903