This course is for anyone who would like to work as a dental technician, making dentures, crowns, bridges and braces in a wide range of materials in a laboratory or clinic alongside dentists. The course is the equivalent of 3 A levels and is recognised by the General Dental Council. You'll need an interest in science and excellent manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
|Qualification name||BTEC Extended Diploma in Dental Technology|
|Awarding organisation||Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)|
|Course type||Classroom based|
|Course start date||Flexible|
|Cost description||This course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs offer and may be funded by the government for eligible adults. Check for eligibility at Free courses for jobs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)|
|Attendance pattern||Day/Block Release|
5 GCSE's grade 4 (C) or above or relevant Level 2 qualification. Mature applicants without qualifications will be considered on merit.
You'll study the principles of and learn practical techniques for constructing and modifying: Prosthetics - complete and partial dentures Orthodontics - devices for straightening and repositioning teeth Fixed Prosthodontics - such as crowns and bridges for restoring natural teeth. You'll explore dental materials science including polymers, metals, ceramics and composites used in clinical dentistry as well as geting an understanding of dental anatomy, physiology and disease. You'll cover the regulations and ethics that govern the sector and explore dental public health issues. You'll learn how to deal with medical emergencies and understand the principles of First Aid as well as developing your communication skills for effective working with colleagues and patients.
You'll learn through a combination of hands-on practical experience and formal teaching in a fully equipped dental laboratory. You'll have the opportunity to undertake work experience in a dental laboratory as part of your course. You also need to commit additional personal time to developing skills such as manual dexterity, so that you can carry out basic tasks repeatedly and quickly.
Through written assignments, reports and practical tasks.
On completion of the course you can become registered with the General Dental Council and enter employment as a dental technician or dental technologist. You could move on to to undergraduate degree courses such as dental therapy or dental technology.