This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2021 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up)

If you’ve already completed a UK dental technology foundation degree or HND, our BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) course offers you honours-level skills needed to advance your career. Our Centre for Dental Sciences includes state-of-the-art dental laboratories with the latest technology and specialist equipment.

Key information

Award:

BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

1 year

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS code:

B845

Start date:

19/09/2022

Course Details

The University of Bolton is home to the newest dental education department in England. Our Centre for Dental Science offers state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable, professional staff committed to delivering a varied curriculum of theoretical, practical and transferable material. We’ll support you to enhance your existing foundation degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) graduate.

Our honours-level programme gives you the opportunity to study advanced dental technology techniques and gain academic skills in research and evidence-based learning. You’ll have the chance to consider the manufacture of complex dental appliances and get hands-on with the latest equipment in our specialised laboratories, extending your practical skills and understanding of the biomechanics and biomaterials science behind dental appliance design.

We’re dedicated to coaching the next generation of dental technicians in the knowledge and competencies required to compete and exceed in this sought-after profession. Strongly employer informed this course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of advanced dental technology and oral biomedical science.

Highlights
  • You’ll have access to the latest specialist dental technology equipment in our advanced laboratories and have the chance to participate in regular hands-on sessions to help develop your practical capabilities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain higher level practical knowledge, skills and creativity by constructing dental appliances in a working dental laboratory environment.
  • Upon successfully completing this course, you'll be awarded a BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up).
Key Features
  • The course has strong employer links, integrating work-based elements with a sector leading commercial employer.
  • You’ll be supported to gain advanced academic, research and lifelong learning skills, helping prepare you to adopt and master digital dental technologies and other emerging techniques.
  • Opportunities for progression after completing this top-up course include dental technology MSc and PhD programmes.
Professional recognition

Please note that this programme is for General Dental Council (GDC) registered dental technicians to top-up existing Level 5 dental technology qualifications (for instance, FdSc or HND Dental Technology) to degree level. It is not suitable for applicants who are not already GDC registered or for international applicants seeking GDC registration.


  • Normally, you’ll possess a recognised dental technology-related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at level HE4 and 120 credits at level HE5; for example, a foundation degree (FdSc), higher national diploma (HND), or diploma of higher education (DipHE).
  • You must be registered with the General Dental Council and be able to present a current registration certificate.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • Some work placements involved in this course involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you’ll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you’ll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) course, you’ll possess a sound knowledge of the fundamental aspects of oral anatomy and physiology and their influence on dental appliance design.

Practical skills development is a crucial element in the training of a dental technician, as is being aware of relevant theory. This course challenges learners to critically analyse theoretical principles in order to make informed choices on the methods and materials used to produce a range of biomechanically sound appliances.

This course is designed for students who want to work in the field of dental technology or dental biomaterials who will take up posts in academia, research or industry.

Completing your honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you achieve your career goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate career opportunities are available in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices, dental manufacturing companies and dental schools. Within the NHS, there is a clear management structure to work through, while within the commercial sector, there are options of becoming a laboratory owner or manager with several years of experience.

Dental science has a rich history of academic development, with progression to MSc postgraduate courses and PhD research available to successful graduates. Possible postgraduate study options can support progression into clinical dentistry, research or teaching.

Alternative career options

You could train as a healthcare scientist, specialising in reconstructive sciences like maxillofacial prosthetics through the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). Graduates may also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Career options include:

  • Dental implantology
  • Clinical dental technology
  • Dental therapy
  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Nursing
  • Sales

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for September entry, then appy through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £26.50. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

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If you wish to apply for a single course offered by the University of Bolton for any intake, you can apply directly

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply directly to the University using our online application form shown below.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

  • Free of charge to apply

  • Secure, simple and streamlined

  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries

  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University

  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Collegiate School
Alliance Learning
University of Bolton

For valued members of the University of Bolton Group and progressing students, we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible.

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply free of charge to the University. By selecting the appropriate link from the list shown below, you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this, and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

When you are asked to add a contact email address, please ensure you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address, we will be unable to identify you as a partner and offer you the benefits of being part of our group.

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


Our BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) course is delivered through the blended methods of face-to-face tuition and online learning. Lectures are held to introduce specific subjects and areas of study, reinforced by tutorials, workshops and practical classes where this theory can be applied.

Class sizes are small to maximise contact with tutors, and support is provided via regular feedback and advice on your progress and developmental needs. Electronic learning materials are provided through the virtual learning environment, enabling self-directed study on or off-campus.

Assessment takes various forms, including examinations, essays, reports, employment journals, oral presentations, practical tasks and assessment of your practical manufacturing portfolio. Your skills and knowledge will also be assessed through a dissertation.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Nikolaos Poulis
Programme Leader

N.Poulis@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903268

Debra Charnock
Senior Lecturer

D.Charnock@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903287

Frances Oldroyd
Lecturer

F.Oldroyd@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903766

Bob Biggs
Head of Centre for Dental Sciences

B.Biggs@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903791

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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