FdSc Dental Technology

Our Level 5 FdSc Dental Technology (Higher Apprenticeship) allows you to invest in your employees by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, your apprentices can gain the skills and knowledge needed to practice as a qualified and registered dental technician.

FdSc Dental Technology

Course details

Our Level 5 FdSc Dental Technology (Higher Apprenticeship) is aimed at those who already have experience working in the dental technology sector as well as those who are new to the industry. It’s an ideal route to progress the careers of dental care professionals, maximising their value to your organisation and supporting them to achieve their potential. Graduate dental technicians design, manufacture, modify and repair custom-made dental appliances. Dental technicians work with minimum supervision and are responsible for the quality of their finished work before it is released to the dentist and patient.

Your apprentices will spend a significant amount of their time in work undertaking work-based learning. Study at the University complements learning in the workplace, supporting apprentices to develop the core knowledge, skills, values and behaviours required to fully comply with the requirements of the General Dental Council’s learning outcomes for dental technicians. Our dynamic and multi-disciplinary course team will support your apprentices as they learn to tread the fine line between art and science; manufacturing precise custom-made medical appliances with the attention to detail, aesthetics and manual dexterity that is expected of fine artists.

If you’re looking for undergraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer who is offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

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

Course highlights:

  • This higher apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to offer structured training, a recognised foundation degree-level qualification, and support towards professional registration with the GDC, helping you to attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression.
  • The course aims to help your apprentices to develop the professional skills and knowledge required to operate effectively as a dental care professional in your commercial environment.
  • Our course tutors are highly qualified professionals from the health, dental and engineering disciplines.
  • Working in state-of-the-art, purpose-built dental laboratories, your apprentices 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.
  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will have fully satisfied the requirements for registration as a Dental Technician with the General Dental Council (GDC). They will also receive certification for a Higher Apprenticeship, and be awarded an academic degree – the FdSc Dental Technology from the University of Bolton.

Key features:

  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • This programme offers a comprehensive overview of technical dentistry, including oral anatomy and physiology, biomaterial science, dental appliance design and dental technology.
  • Apprentices will be encouraged to develop team working, leadership, communication and inter-personal skills, as well as a commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace assessor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promotes a continuing conversation between your workplace and the university. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.

Entry requirements

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

Ideally, applicants will have successfully completed a Level 3 qualification in any subject, but sciences are preferred.

Applicants should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.

After successful short-listing, applicants will be invited to take part in our recruitment process. The interview process will involve face-to-face interviews with academic staff. Applicants will also be assessed on their manual dexterity and undertake a numeracy and literacy diagnostic assessment.

Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed full-time in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the Higher Apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend the University full-time (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.

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

An applicant must have GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, and they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.

If English isn’t the applicant's first language they will also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Career opportunities

The FdSc Dental Technology (Higher Apprenticeship) programme is designed to meet the “Trailblazer” Apprenticeship Standard for Dental Technician (Integrated) (ST0108). As a graduate of this programme, your apprentices will possess 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.

This FdSc course is focused on equipping apprentices with the skills and knowledge necessary to advance your commercial activities in dental technology.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

The General Dental Council (GDC) inspected the University of Bolton's FdSc Dental Technology provision in 2019 and reported that the programme is fit for purpose to develop individuals for professional registration as dental technicians.

As a graduate of this programme, your employee will be able to apply for registration as a dental care professional with the GDC. GDC registration is a requirement to practice in this field.

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


Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Contact us section of this page.

For tailored support and advice regarding apprenticeships, please visit http://uob.ac/connectED


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.

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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

PLEASE NOTE: To meet the requirements of the General Dental Council, all modules are compulsory on this course.

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 your apprentices will have the opportunity to learn the theory of dental technology subjects and discuss topics directly with their tutor and classmates. In practical workshops and demonstrations they will have the chance to build practical skills and apply the theory they have learned in all dental technology disciplines. Your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.

Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a University tutor. The workplace mentor, University tutor and apprentice will work together to create the individual learning plan required to progress the apprentice’s professional body membership. An individual learner record (ILR) will be completed on a monthly basis.

Practical abilities will be evaluated in your working environment by University staff and work-based mentors will play a key role in the continuing development of their skills. They will be guided in establishing technical processes through observation, evaluation and application exercises, which are designed to help them build skills in the construction of dental appliances.

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
Programme Leader
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