Dental Nursing Apprenticeships

Below is an overview of the Dental Nursing Apprenticeship, outlining the qualifications you will achieve and the units and vocational areas you will cover throughout your training as well as other important information such as course duration and funding.

Advanced Apprenticeship

  • Advanced Apprenticeship Dental Nursing
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Level 3 Technical certificate in Dental Nursing
  • Functional Skills Application of Number Level 2
  • Functional Skills Communication Level 2
  • First Aid at Work
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
Units covered There are 11 mandatory units that you must complete through your Diploma:

  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Reflect on and develop your practice
  • Emergency First Aid Skills
  • Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedure
  • Offer information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
  • Provide Chair side support during assessment of patients’ oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chair side support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries.
  • Provide chair side support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses.
  • Provide chair side support during non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chair side support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery

For full details about the full qualification please visit City & Guilds’ website.

Entry requirements You must be employed in a dental practice for a minimum of 30 hours/week.
Who is it for? The qualification is open to any dental nurses employed in a dental practice who would like to achieve a recognised qualification approved by the General Dental Council.
Aged 16-18

Fully funded

Aged 19 and over

Total People require employers to make a contribution towards the cost for all learners aged 19 years and over, embarking on an Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship programme. For more information please contact us on 01606 734000 or email

Duration Depending on your progress the exam for the Technical certificate is normally taken after 12 months. The whole qualification takes approximately 2 years to complete.
Start date Available throughout the year
Assessment method You will be assessed through a range of methods including:

  • Written exam consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions.
  • Work based Observations
  • Assignments
  • Projects
You will either be required to attend evening training at a Total People centre or one of our advisers will come to you in the workplace and carry out the training remotely.
Personal qualities You need to have good communication skills and enjoy being part of a team, whilst also being enthusiastic and willing to learn.
Further progression A range of further qualifications are available, including:

  • Dental Health Education
  • Radiography
  • Sedation
  • Hygienist/Therapist
  • Management

Interested in starting an Apprenticeship?

Complete our Registration of Interest form and we will keep you up to date with all of our Apprenticeship Vacancies.

Employers, interested in starting your staff on an Apprenticeship?

Complete our enquiry form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss your requirements.