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Level 3 Dental Nurse Apprentice College Road Dental Practice

Fantastic opportunity to train as a Dental Nurse. The ideal candidate holds some experience as a dental nurse however, it is not essential. No dental qualifications are required, as full training will be provided. Working in a busy, fast-paced dental practice you will learn and earn at the same time to become a fully qualified Dental Nurse.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Days & Shifts to be confirmed with employer.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    18 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Working towards an advanced apprenticeship in dental nursing for a dental practitioner, the ideal candidate must have an interest in a career in dental nursing.

The role includes:

  • Working alongside the dentist taking instruction from them and responding in an appropriate manner
  • Maintaining good infection control procedures and adhering to policies and protocols
  • Ensuring cleanliness of surgery, equipment and instruments used and carrying out general housekeeping duties
  • Dictate information from the dentist and recording patient information correctly
  • Arrange appointments, answering calls and inputting data on the computer
  • Assist with administration tasks and ensure records are kept up to date and to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Good communication skills and customer service awareness is needed to maintain a high level of service within the dental practice
  • Dental nurses interact daily with patients and therefore you must be able to make patients feel welcome and offer reassurance to anxious patients endeavouring to make their experience as comfortable as possible

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

A level 3 Dental Nurse qualification which has been approved by the General Dental Council as meeting the requirements for entry to the professional register as a dental nurse, which includes;

Level 2 functional skills in maths and English (if required)
End-Point Assessment (EPA)
There will be limited sessions that will require college attendance at our Walsall Campus, during the 18 months training period. All other sessions remain virtual on a once weekly basis. 

Full-time apprentices will typically spend 15 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off the-job training. As this vacancy is not a full-time apprenticeship the duration has been extended.

The purpose of the End-Point Assessment (EPA) is to test that an apprentice is fully capable of doing their job before they receive their apprenticeship certificate. It also helps to demonstrate that what an apprentice has learned can be applied in the real world.

The focus is now on the outcome of an apprenticeship and apprentices have to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers have identified they need.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Once qualified, you can register as a Dental Nurse with the General Dental Council.

Progression routes are available and you can study further in dental related qualifications at Level 4: Radiography, Oral Health, Education and Sedation.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once qualified, you can register as a Dental Nurse with the General Dental Council.

Progression routes are available and you can study further in dental related qualifications at Level 4: Radiography, Oral Health, Education and Sedation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Customer care skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9-4/ C- A) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9- 4/C- A) Desired

Things to consider

Require Hep B inoculation Require DBS Very busy and fast pace Being exposed to bodily fluids and blood, saliva and vomit COVID-19 Update: We encourage everyone who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated. This is in keeping with the Standards for the Dental Team, which require you to provide a safe environment for patients (1.5) and to manage the risks posed to patients and colleagues by your health (9.2). This applies to dental professionals across the UK, in all settings. The Government previously announced changes to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for health and care workers in England from April 2022. The changes would have introduced a legal requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if you were working in an environment which is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England, aged 18 or over and had direct face to face contact with service users in the NHS or independent health sector. The Government's risk assessment has changed because of the impact of the circulation of Omicron. The Government is now proposing to remove the legal requirement following public consultation. This means that the Government’s deadline for you to be vaccinated by 1 April in England no longer applies.

About the employer

​We are a long standing dental practice and were first established back in the 1960s. Our friendly practice is located in North West Birmingham and we are known locally for being a welcoming practice. We have built a reputation over many years through caring for several generations of patients and their family. We strive to offer you the best dental treatment and care at all times. We understand that a visit to a dentist may not be something everybody is looking forward to but we try our best to make it as stress free as possible.


College Road Dental Practice




B44 0HH

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Training provider



Emma Worth

01922 688638

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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