BSc (Hons) Dental Technology

Interested in developing an exciting career in dentistry? Our Centre for Dental Sciences is the newest dental education department in England, offering opportunities to work in state-of-the-art dental laboratories with access to the latest technology and specialist equipment, all while earning your BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology along the way.

BSc (Hons) Dental Technology

Course details

Interested in a career that combines technical skill, the ability to care for people and a level of artistry? Dental technicians (or dental technologists as they are often referred to) make dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients’ appearance, speech and chewing function. The University of Bolton is home to state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable, professional staff committed to delivering a varied curriculum of theoretical, practical and transferable material. Studying subjects within the fundamental areas of oral anatomy and physiology, you’ll have the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest equipment in our specialised laboratories and learn the biomechanics and biomaterials science behind dental appliance design.

We’re dedicated to coaching the next generation of dental technicians in the knowledge and competency required to compete and exceed in this sought-after profession. Strongly employer informed and designed to meet the learning outcomes required by the General Dental Council, this course aims to provide students with a thorough overview of the key regulatory, legal and ethical topics relevant to the industry today, as well as the essential theory of dental technology and biomedical science.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: B840
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • As a dental technology undergraduate, you’ll have access to the latest specialist equipment in our advanced laboratories and have the chance to participate in regular hands-on sessions to help develop your practical capabilities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to apply your skills to live patient cases via work-based learning modules.
  • The course has strong employer links, reinforced by industrial dental laboratory work placements. Every student is assigned a work-based mentor, supported by a work placement officer from the dental academic team.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Dental Technology.

Key features:

  • Practical projects are assessed in the three key disciplines of fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics and orthodontics. You’ll have the opportunity to further demonstrate your skills by completing a specialist dental technology module.
  • In preparation for your dissertation, you’ll focus on study skills and research methodologies over two modules.
  • Opportunities for progression after completing the include BSc (Hons) course include dental technology MSc and PhD programmes.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: B840
  • Duration: 3 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include a science subject; 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.

Some work placements involved in this course involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you’ll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you’ll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. 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). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

On this course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the fundamental aspects of oral anatomy and physiology and its influence on dental appliance design. Practical skills development is a crucial element in the training of a dental technician, as is being aware of relevant theory – this course challenges learners to critically analyse theoretical principles in order to make informed choices on the methods and materials used to produce a range of biomechanically sound appliances.

This course is designed for students who want to work in the field of dental technology or dental biomaterials who will take up posts in academia, research or industry.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate career opportunities are available in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices, dental manufacturing companies and dental schools. Within the NHS there is a clear management structure to work through, while within the commercial sector there are options of becoming a laboratory owner or manager with several years of experience.

Dental science has a rich history of academic development, with progression on to MSc postgraduate courses and PhD research available to successful graduates. Possible postgraduate study options can support progression into clinical dentistry, research or teaching.

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

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/212021/222022/23
2019/20 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2020/21 -nullnullnullnull

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

Home/EU

If you already have a UCAS application for September

If you have an application for September with UCAS and are applying through Clearing please ensure you have received a verbal offer from the University by calling 01204 903030.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

If you have not yet applied through UCAS

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

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you 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

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

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 Dissertation Project
  • Principles of Dental Aesthetics and Occlusion
  • Specialised Dental Technology Discipline
  • Advanced Oral Biomedical Science
  • Dental Technology Techniques for Orthodontics
  • Dental Technology Techniques for Removable Prosthodontics
  • Dental Technology Techniques for Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Employment Practice B
  • Research Methodology
  • Introductory Dental Biomaterials Science
  • Employment Practice A
  • Basic Dental Technology Techniques
  • Oral Anatomy and Physiology and Basic Dental Appliance Design
  • Preparing for Practice and Study Skills

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our BSc (Hons) course in Dental Technology is delivered through the blended methods of face-to-face tuition and online learning. Lectures are held to introduce specific subjects and areas of study, reinforced by tutorials, workshops and practical classes where this theory can be applied.

Class sizes are small to maximise contact with tutors and support is provided via regular feedback and advice on your progress and developmental needs. Electronic learning materials are provided through the virtual learning environment, enabling self-directed study on or off campus.

Assessment takes various forms, including examinations, essays, reports, employment journals, oral presentations, practical tasks and assessment of your practical manufacturing portfolio. In your final year of study your skills will also be assessed through a dissertation.

Disclaimer

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%)
Level Three 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%)
Level Three Guided independent study (55%), Placement/study abroad (20%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (25%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    B840
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Nikolaos Poulis
Programme Leader
Email: N.Poulis@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903268

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

Frances Oldroyd
Lecturer
Email: F.Oldroyd@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903766

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

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