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Dental Nursing CG Diploma Level 3

Cornwall College Off-site LEVEL: 3 Social Care & Health

The Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing focuses on direct chair side work and support during a range of dental treatments. The course has been built on a number of principles: encourage access by those groups of staff for whom they are designed; promote good quality practice and high quality services; help the sector respond to changing requirements; encourage transfer and progression; be consistent with future legislation for statutory registration.

This course is offered as a Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing (City and Guilds). We also offer the apprenticeship route, contact us for more information.


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Ideal if:

You are currently working in a dental practice and wish to gain a level 3 qualification.

You’ll need:

This course is suitable for students who are 16 plus, and are working in a dental practice.

You must have considerable knowledge and skills in relation to dental equipment, instruments and materials and be able to work as a key member of the oral healthcare team.

You’ll learn:

A range of units including -

  • Emergency First Aid Skills
  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Prepare and maintain environment, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Offer information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
  • Provide chairside support during the assessment of patient's oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chairside support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease and the restoration of cavities
  • Provide chairside support during the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Provide chairside support during non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chairside support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • Dental radiography
  • Scientific principles in the management of oral health diseases


The course consists of 15 units, plus an online mandatory examination that assesses underpinning knowledge. The units studied are all mandatory.

Assessment is via a portfolio of evidence, observations in the workplace and an online examination.

The course runs over 18 months (1 evening per week and 5 monthly workshops).

You’ll go on to:

On completion of the course, you will become a qualified dental nurse to be registered with the GDC.


Dental Nursing CG Diploma Level 3

Start Date

This course is offered throughout the year, please contact us for the latest start dates.




18 months

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