Level 3 Apprentice Dental Nurse Church Square Dental Practice

A fantastic opportunity has become available to become a dental nurse apprentice. You will provide clinical support to dentists, hygienists and patients under supervision, assist with reception or any clerical duties as required and perform such other tasks as reasonably requested by the practice owner.

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Closing date: 01 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Specific days and shifts are to be confirmed upon interview, with the practice.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    5 days ago

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

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 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

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.

The training you will be getting

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 15 months on-programme (before the gateway) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 6 hours per week off the-job training. 

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.

EPA methods of examination examples:

  • Assessment method 1: Knowledge Test
  • Assessment method 2: Observation of Practice
  • Assessment method 3: Interview underpinned by a portfolio

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.

Training is virtual once per week however there are x3 taught sessions that will require mandatory college attendance. Notice of these will be provided upon enrolment.

What to expect at the end of your 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, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, 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. There will be exposure to bodily fluids – blood, saliva etc. You will be dealing with nervous patients and children in a very busy and fast paced environment.

About the employer

Church Square Dental Practice is the perfect choice for you! Whether your teeth are in need of a general check up, or you want veneers, we are here to help you. We've been open for more than 40 years, serving the people of Oldbury and Sandwell Valley area. We aim to provide a calming, welcoming and comfortable environment for your visit.


Church Square Dental Practice




B69 4DX

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Emma Worth


01922 688638

Apprenticeship standard

Dental nurse (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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