BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene 2022-23

Eastman Dental Hospital

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Contemporary Dental Hygiene

The BSc (Hons) in Dental Hygiene presents with academic and clinical training pathways collaborating with the primary care sector, local communities and vulnerable groups as part of our meeting the dental care demands of society today and in the future.

This programme is designed to be a leader and driver in the delivery of dental health care by supplying training and patient service with innovative ideas that foster our Trust values of – safety, kindness, improving and teamwork.

The BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene (DH) programme aims for graduates to be ‘safe beginner’ clinicians, registerable with the General Dental Council.  Training is constructed to intertwine clinical skill with building a resilient clinician who is able to meet the increased demands of a changing population. By encouraging a focus on personal development and harnessing transferable skills you will become an adaptable member of the workforce who can work autonomously as well as undertake a whole host of health care employment opportunities.

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

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 as a Dental Hygienist.
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.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


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.

Year 1

  • Biomedical Science - 20 credits
    The module provides the knowledge of human general anatomy, physiology, diseases / disorders along with relevant pharmacology which commonly impact general and oral health. The contents of this module has been selected and developed to equip students with the underpinning information which will resonate throughout the entire course. All clinical delivery is grounded on the knowledge of biological and chemical processes and thus here commences the skills to embrace biological advances and catalyse the skills of becoming a life-long learner.
  • Foundations in Clinical Skills & Practice - 40 credits
    The Foundations in Clinical Skills and Practice Module provides the introduction to the essential range of fundamental skills needed by the Dental Hygienist to deliver safe patient. Students will the knowledge and skills to undertake and deliver treatment safely in the dental setting. This module enters the student into the simulated clinical setting in conjunction with the knowledge of the policies and principles required by a dental professional.
  • Oral and Dental Sciences - 40 credits
    This module provides an understanding of the structure and function of the craniofacial and oral anatomy. Developing a sound knowledge base of oral and dental sciences exploring the pathology of oral and dental disease. This knowledge will enable students to go on to develop a good understanding of the different dental specialties and pharmacology.
  • Personal & Professional Development 1 - 20 credits
    The Personal and Professional Practice 1 module introduces students to the fundamental skills required of a competent student dental clinician under the General Dental Council’s Communication and Professionalism domain. It encompasses knowledge of good communication, legal, ethical and professional aspects of dental practice relevant to a beginner student dental clinician. Students will develop skills for learning, working in a health care setting, self-development and well-being care.
  • 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.

    Year 2

  • Applied Clinical Dental in Dental Therapy - 40 credits
    Following the successful completion of Foundations in Clinical Skills and Practice students begin treating patients uniting their knowledge base and practical skills to manage patient’s needs pertaining to periodontal diseases and oral health management. This module also incorporates the additional skills of dental radiology and imaging, as well as clinical photography. Students must comply with health and safety legislation and demonstrate professional conduct and clear communication methods with patients, staff and peers.
  • Dental Specialities - 60 credits  
    This module encompasses the various dental specialities incorporating both a patient and population focus, thus considering the wider context of providing the most appropriate care. Dental Specialities offers the opportunity of inter-professional learning and working with multi-disciplinary teams and offers access to the wider facets of the healthcare profession. Alongside this, students develop the skills and evidence base to promote and maintain health at the individual and population level. To achieve this end, students will analyse the needs of populations including the determinants of health and their impact. Health promotion principles and interventions will be critically evaluated according to their impact, ability to achieve health gain, and the limitations. This incorporates exploration of the wider context of health systems, dental care and policy. It will examine epidemiological methods in health and their application providing a baseline for the research module in Year 3.
  • Personal & Professional Development 2 - 20 credits
    Personal and Professional Practice 2 module builds upon knowledge gained in year one of the programme to enhance the personal and professional attributes required as a dental registrant. Advanced guidance on application of knowledge is offered in teamwork, interprofessional collaborative practice, legal and ethical requirements of a dental professional. Students will develop opportunity to exercise judgement in self-evaluation of performance, performing within a team and acting in the patients’ best interest while upholding the standards of the profession. Students will be guided through self-evaluating modes, theories and take responsibility for personal development, recording, planning strategies and quality improvement measures.
  • Year 3

  • Consolidated Clinical Practice in Dental Therapy - 60 credits
    The Consolidated Clinical Practice module builds on the skills learnt in Year 1 and 2 to provide students with the knowledge and operative clinical skills to diagnose , treatment plan and treat adults and children within their scope of practice of a dental hygienist. This module provides a route for students to increase clinical competence and demonstrate proficiency in the breadth of skills applicable of a remit of a qualified dental hygienist, therefore clinical activity is a core part of this module. Students will learn in a variety of settings including a combination of supervised clinical practice, outreach placements and classroom teaching which will cover the contemporary underpinning of theoretical knowledge required to meet the General Dental Council’s requirements.
  • Research and Dissertation - 40 credits
    Final year students will undertake an independent research project relevant to oral health. This module introduces students to the field of research and the experience to conduct ethical research. Students will source, select, and critically appraise relevant literature to produce a dissertation, poster and presentation. Experiences will include individual and group-based interactive activities, external engagement, and one to one supervision. The majority of this module is student-led relying on self-directed learning, motivation and project management skills.
  • Personal & Professional Development 3 - 20 credits
    Personal and Professional Practice 3 module incorporates non-clinical skills associated with delivery of healthcare. It explores leadership skills, resource management and quality improvement processes which are embedded in every student clinical session. It consolidates the student’s application of skills gained from previous two years in the General Dental Council’s (GDC) domain of Communication and Professionalism. Students become highly self-aware individuals, with a wide peripheral view of the healthcare environment and adopt an effective teamwork approach. This module will look at legislative impact on the dental health framework and prepares students for transition into a practising career.
  • 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 will gain your 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. 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-£98,453 in senior posts and more experience.

As a graduate from this course, you can apply for further study at postgraduate level.

Employability Service

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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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)
  • Dissertation
  • Case based discussions
  • Case Presentations (seen and unseen)
  • Assessments of Clinical Competence (ACC).
  • Clinical targets
  • Group work activities

Personal tutoring

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.


The programme is structured in a modular framework encompassing a mixture of formative and summative assessments. In conjunction to assessing the learning outcomes the assessment framework is driven by ‘who the student will become’, it is imperative the students make connections across modules, enhancing their meaning and drive. The formative and summative assessments have been selected to ensure the appropriate level of knowledge being achieved corresponding to each year group.

Prior to entering the clinical environment, patient safety must be assured at the appropriate level by assessing academic and clinical competence. Various methods of assessment have been included to ensure measures are contextual and relevant to support the candidate transitioning from simulation to clinical service.

The range of assessments reflects the range of learning outcomes and achieves both self-knowledge and allows the ability to monitor abilities and progression.

Throughout the programme students will be assessed in each practice placement against specific standards applicable for the year group. Clinical competences are carefully designed at each level to facilitate progressive development and relate to the achieving specific skills required for a set task demonstrating independent practice for that level.

Entry requirements

  • 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).

Overseas students

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.

Application via  UCAS and following the admission and enrolments procedure.

Please note no offers are made without interview. In the current circumstances this is most likely to take place online (subject to change) following government guidance.

Advanced entry

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 students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

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Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Prepare to start

Important statement for new and continuing students studying Health and Social Care courses

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.

Please be aware that from 1 April 2022, all NHS and Social Care personnel (including students) will be required to have evidence of double vaccination against Covid. This measure has been taken to protect the public, patients and staff.

If you are unable, or unwilling, to be vaccinated, we will not be able to provide you with the practice placements necessary to complete your health care degree.  If this is the case, you may wish to look at an alternative career.

See the government's press release statement.

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

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

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Document check

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

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

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 first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire from our occupational health provider. This link is for current enrolled students only. You should not complete this until you have been made an offer to study. If you are due to start from September 2021, please note this page will be updated again in May 2021 and you will be notified when to do this in your offer letter.

GP appointment

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.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB)
GP Vaccination and Screening History (PDF File 117 KB)

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 588 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

Do I need to be double vaccinated?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

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?

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?

Numeracy practice

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?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Practice placements

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.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.


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 Enrolment pages.

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BSC (Hons) Dental Hygiene (FT) - Year 1 FT External SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5622Session code: 1FX00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £0

BSC (Hons) Dental Hygiene (FT) - Year 1 FT External SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
UK fee: £9250International fee: £0
AOS/LSBU code: 5622Session code: 1FX00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £0

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

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See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 201 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

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.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

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