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The BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene is delivered in partnership with the Eastman Dental Hospital. It presents with academic and clinical training pathways working in dental hospitals, general dental practices, and local communities aiming to meet the dental care needs 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 (within the remit of the Dental Hygienist) 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:
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.
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.
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.
As a graduate from this course, you can apply for further study at postgraduate level.
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:
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:
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.
Clinical placements are embedded throughout the program and commence following the successful completion of the pre-clinical patient safety gateway assessments. The clinical placements provide a rich learning environment to prepare students for professional practice. Students will be able to develop their clinical skills working towards the competence of a dental hygienist.
You will undertake clinical patient care within the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals. Prior to each placement you will have an induction and meet the clinical supervisors and support teams.
You will have several placements within the different dental specialities at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals including Radiology/Dental Imaging departments. There will be opportunities to undertake clinical service within the Community Dental Services and general dental practices presenting real-world experience of the dental hygienist.
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.
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:
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.
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).
The course is currently not open to international 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.
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.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Your personal statement helps us to assess your interest, knowledge and insight into the specific profession you are applying for (Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy) and is an important part of our selection process. You should ensure that you demonstrate the personal qualities / skills to becoming a healthcare professional and the values embedded within the NHS constitution and General Dental Council Standards.
As part of your commitment to the course we would normally expect that you have undertaken some independent research and work experience / observation in a clinical setting, this can include placements, voluntary work or virtual experiences.
See our top tips for writing your personal statement.
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, knowledge, experience and insight to the profession.
There will also be a virtual interview and will consist of 2 parts which include a range of questions and a test which will assess your communication and comprehension.
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.
If you are unsuccessful in your application to LSBU for this year you cannot apply through UCAS Extra or Clearing. However, you can apply for the following year. It is important that you read the comments in the results statement so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Yes - government legislation advises that everyone must be double vaccinated to work in a health care setting with effect from 1 April 2022.
Contact the OH team at email@example.com who will be able to advise you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
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.
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.
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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