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Dental Nurse Apprentice Level 3 Standard Castle Care Dental Practice

Are you looking to pursue a new career in Dental Nursing where you can earn a salary, whilst you learn and become qualified as a Dental Nurse? As a Dental Nurse at Rodericks, you’ll be benefiting from an experienced practice team and exceptional development and opportunities to take you as far as you want to go; and that’s just to mention a few.

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Closing date: 19 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £9,379.50 to £18,525.00

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    37.5 hours per week. Specific shifts/days are to be confirmed with the employer.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    19 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 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
  • The applicant is required to do all aspects of dental nursing including decontamination procedure, keep up to date with relevant logs and protocols
  • All aspects of reception duties taking payment/ bookings
  • 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 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?

Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship standard, 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 training period. All other sessions remain virtual on a once weekly basis. 

Full-time apprentices will typically spend 18 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 Practitioner
  • Sedation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Lang or Lit) (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

Require Hep B inoculation DBS- Disclosure Barring Service required Being exposed to bodily fluids – blood, saliva etc Dealing with nervous patients Dealing with Children Very busy and fast pace Customer Focused role Complaints Handling Appointment making 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

By providing a caring environment for everyone, we engender loyalty. As the saying goes – we don’t expect loyalty, we earn it. Our practice is part of Rodericks Dental, a company with over 70 practices across the country. We are different because our company is run by dentists – for patients.


Castle Care Dental Practice


266 Bradford Road


B36 9AB

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Training provider



Emma Worth

01922 688638

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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