BSc (Hons) Dental HygieneEastman Dental Hospital
Contemporary Dental Hygiene
On this three-year degree course, you will study a range of topics comprising of scientific, technical and clinical activity covering the full scope of a dental hygienist. Successful completion of this course aims to lead to professional registration with the General Dental Council.
The programme covers a wide range of areas in biomedical sciences, diagnostics, periodontal (gum) therapies, decay risk management, behaviour management, oral health screening, health promotion, population health and prevention strategies. Clinical placements within the dental hospital and our partners are where you apply your knowledge and skills. You will work as a vital member of a team working with our medical and dental colleagues, delivering holistic care to a wide range of patients.
This course will enable you to undertake the full Scope of Practice of a registered dental therapist, as laid down by the GDC.
You will be able to treat children and adults in a wide range of settings, both within the NHS framework and private sector. You may undertake the business of dentistry and open your own dental practice or work with dental companies. Graduates are able to continue with their academic progression to Masters and PhD level.
This course has been provisionally accepted for accreditation by the General Dental Council. It is undergoing the normal process for full approval.
You will be able to:
- Train in a world-leading and state of the art facilities
- Be trained by a team who are leaders in the field of dentistry in practice and in research
- Focus on personal qualities enabling you to be an autonomous learner and competent clinician
- Experience a personalised learning journey due to the size of the cohort
- Become an adaptable member of the workforce with a broad view of the wider healthcare profession
- Access placements which will offer further employment opportunities and experience
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2021.
Why Dental Hygiene at LSBU?
- Working with our highly experienced dental teams allowing you to experience the real-world work environment.
- Our course leads to professional registration with the General Dental Council.
- Offering the opportunities of skills escalation for other members of the dental workforce.
- Dedicated facilities for simulation training laboratories at our Central London sites offering highly realistic virtual reality training.
- Access to patients from midway through year one.
- A range of clinic placements within the Dental Hospital, Primary Care and the community allows for a diverse patient mix and experience.
Eastman Dental Hospital
Four core modules in year one underpins the theoretical and scientific knowledge needed to deliver clinical care in periodontology. Aligned with this is the commencement of personal and professional practice which intends to raise personal self-awareness and expectations of registrants beyond the realm of technical skills.
- Biomedical Science
- Foundations in Clinical Skills & Practice
- Oral and Dental Sciences
- Personal & Professional Development 1
Three core modules in year two allows these skills to be applied in the clinical setting offering the students access to a variety of clinical services. Integration with clinical teams allows for the develop of periodontal skills, which are needed to demonstrate competence in clinical scope, build relationships and networking opportunities with other healthcare professionals – uniting the medical and dental teams.
- Applied Clinical Dental in Dental Therapy
- Dental Specialities
- Personal & Professional Development 2
Finally, three core modules in year three amalgamates the entire scope of practice building clinical confidence in the new potential registrant. Transferable skills building are embedded within the curriculum and the final year offers opportunity to widen personal assets by developing management and leadership skills. You will also complete an individual research project on a subject of dentistry relevant to the profession of dental hygiene.
- Consolidated Clinical Practice in Dental Therapy
- Research and Dissertation
- Personal & Professional Development 3
All modules are core modules and must be successfully completed to be eligible for consideration for professional registration.
On successful completion of the course you'll gain :
- BSc (Hons) in Dental Hygiene, which means you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC).
- You can then work as a registered dental hygienist in the public and private sector.
- Clinical experiences are transferable to real-world practice
- As your career progresses, you could move into other areas such as owning your own dental practice, dental company representative, key speaker, clinical advisor and advance in your clinical and academic career moving towards and MSc or a PhD.
A newly qualified dental hygienist according to the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy typically starts on a salary of £21,000, which can increase to £30,764-£65,000 in senior posts and more experience.
As a graduate from this course, you can apply for further study at postgraduate level.
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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
This course is designed to meet the requirements set out by the General Dental Council for students to be put forward for registration.
The teaching faculty are actively involved within the profession nationwide via various networks which include:
- General Dental Council
- Professional Bodies - British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT), British Association of Dental Therapy (BADT), British Society of Periodontology (BSP)
- Board member
- External Examiners
- Higher Education Academy
- Editorial boards on publications committees
The Eastman Dental Hospital Education Centre is closely linked with Health Education England which allows widening of networks and uptake of new opportunities from clinical to strategic level.
Within your curriculum you may be taught by guest lecturers who may include representatives from other health care disciplines within and externally to the Trust and market leading dental companies.
The course has received initial approval from the General Dental Council (GDC) and final accreditation will be provided upon completion of the first cohort.
Placements are spread over the three years. Students alternate between university and clinical placements.
Following the successful completion of the pre-clinical patient safety gateway, throughout the semesters of the course, placement- based learning plays a central role in the preparation of students for professional practice. The clinical elements enable a gradual building of competence, through the three strands of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
You will undertake clinical service within the main dental hospital and primary care practices. Prior to each placement you will undergo an induction and will meet with your clinical supervisors and support teams.
You will have several placements within the different dental specialities at Huntley Street Dental Hospital including Radiology/Dental Imaging departments. Opportunities to undertake clinical treatment within the Community Dental Services presents with the real-world experience of the dental therapist. Primary care placements will continue.
The final year returns to two main placements both within the main dental hospital and primary dental care. The overall aim allowing you to prepare for working life in dental workforce as an independent practitioner.
Teaching and learning
The programmes adopt a spiralling modular approach to the delivery of its content allowing the opportunity for progressive upskilling and revisiting vital aspects of dentistry, allowing for key areas to be embedded within the three years. Teaching and learning activities are patient and student-centred and provide opportunities for genuine and contextual learning.
Staff deliver education in a variety of teaching and learning methods (blended learning) throughout the programme. These are designed to match the learning outcomes and to provide each student with experience of methods best suited to their own learning style, supporting the move to an independent and self-directed mature learner.
You will come across various modes of assessment which includes some of the below:
- Written examination papers
- Written reports
- Reflective writing
- Presentations (individual and group)
- Practice Based Learning record
- Personal and professional development portfolio
- OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations)
- Case based discussions
- Case Presentations (seen and unseen)
- Assessments of Clinical Competence (ACC).
- Clinical targets
- Group work activities
As a one of our students, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time on the programme, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You can contact your tutor for additional support by email.
- A Level BBC (must include Biology) or;
- BTEC National Diploma DMM in Science or professionally relevant subject or;
- Access to HE Diploma in Science or similar with 18 level 3 credits which must be in science; 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Pass or;
- Equivalent level 3 qualifications also considered worth 112 points.
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
- Applications are welcome from those with a nationally recognised dental nursing qualification, 2 years relevant dental experience and a further level 3 qualification worth 32 points which must include science and level 2 maths and English.
All students whose first language is not English, must have IELTS-Academic English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 in each component (must be within two year validity).
European students with indefinite leave to remain may apply however we will not be able to confirm this until after validation and you will also need to already have a NARIC certificate in place alongside your overseas qualifications.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2021.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at email@example.com.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?
Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list (PDF File 248 KB) to be verified.
Providing documents whilst campus is closed due to COVID-19
LSBU help desks are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are temporarily accepting ID documents and DBS certificates for Update Service checks by email. Documents should be clear and legible; DBS certificates should include all pages. Please send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to email@example.com.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 439 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Frequently asked questions
Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?
Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.
Which uniforms will I receive?
Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.
How long do the uniforms need to last?
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
How do I know what size I am?
A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.
Am I able to request a longer tunic?
You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.
Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?
You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.
Can I order more uniforms?
You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.
Can I try on my uniforms?
You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.
What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?
They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.
Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Fees and funding
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.