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Dental Nursing Apprenticeship

A Dental Nurse Apprenticeship is your opportunity to develop your skills in a hands-on role, gaining a nationally-recognised qualification. This can will be delivered either via a college as evening classes or Saturday classes or a blended programme of online and practical observations.




You must be at least 16 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. You must also be employed, working more than 16 hours per week and have good levels of literacy and numeracy.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a variety of mandatory and optional units which will reflect your workplace practice. Your Assessor will use a wide range of assessment methods in order to collect evidence for your portfolio to demonstrate your knowledge and competency. Assessment will be ongoing throughout your qualification and will include observations, online tests, written questions and professional discussions.

Course delivery

The framework will be delivered via monthly workshops, online tests, workplace visits and remote learning sessions and a portfolio of evidence collected.

Qualification outcome

On completion of your apprenticeship, you will achieve a Level 3 Dental Nursing and are able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC).


It is usually fully funded (if eligible) and has three main components:

  • A Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3

  • Functional Skills English & Maths Level 2 qualifications (unless you’re exempt, e.g. you already have Maths and English GCSEs at grade A-C)

  • An End Point Assessment – this consists of an in-practice observation and an interview covering the knowledge, skills and behaviour competencies covered throughout the programme

Here at Infills Academy, we provide the 'work on the job' route where you can study for your qualification online meaning no time out of surgery or evening classes, you can start whenever suits you and you can study at your own pace. You must already be in a Dental Nurse trainee position to proceed via this route. 

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