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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing

Ref:
601/2251/1
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Health
Features:
Licence to Practice, UCAS

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
366
TQT
490
Credit Value
49

This qualification encompasses the current General Dental Council (GDC) learning outcomes and Skills for Health National Occupational Standards

The GDC has confirmed approval of the qualification which is listed on their website and on completion, learners will be able to apply for registration as a dental nurse with the GDC.

This qualification can be taken as part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Dental Nursing) in Wales.

It is not suitable for the Apprenticeship Standard in England. Learners wishing to take the qualification as part of the Apprenticeship Standard in England should select the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing (Integrated Apprenticeship).

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification focuses on direct chair-side work and support during a range of dental treatments. It encompasses the underpinning ethics, professionalism, teamwork and communication required to work as a dental nurse.

Who is it suitable for?

All those who wish to work as a dental nurse or trainee dental nurse and who wish to obtain a dental nursing qualification leading to GDC registration.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 16 years old. It is the Centre’s responsibility to ensure that learners have the necessary underpinning knowledge before entering a placement/the workplace. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How many credits are required to complete it?

Learners must achieve 49 credits from the 17 mandatory units.
All knowledge and skills Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria must be met for each unit. In addition, learners must achieve a pass, merit or distinction in the two external assessment tests (part 1 and part 2) covering the underpinning knowledge across units DN 12-16.

There is no compensation between units or between observations and unit tasks within a unit.

UCAS points

This qualification has been awarded the following UCAS points from May 2020 onwards:
P - 16, M - 32, D - 48.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

It is recommended that a minimum of 16 hours per week be spent in a real work environment.

How long does it take to complete?

Learners can usually complete this standalone qualification, in two years or less.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners can progress to a range of qualifications in the following areas:
• specialist dental nursing roles
• dental hygiene or therapy
• dental technology
• teaching dental nursing
• dental practice management

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Learners may progress into employment as a Dental Nurse or to other career pathways including:
• dental hygiene and therapy
• dental technician
• practice management
• teaching and assessing
• lecturing

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Key Facts
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Unit List
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Purpose Statement
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Guidance for Qualification Approval and EQA Reviews
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Dental Nursing FAQs
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Mandatory requirements for centre approval and EQA reviews
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Unit and Task Specification
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NCFE CACHE LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE IN THE PRINCIPLES OF THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTION IN HEALTH CARE SETTINGS (600/9312/2)


This qualification has shared content across other Awarding Organisations which has been agreed by the GDC, therefore it has not been possible to reduce the required Rule of Combination (or to remove any further learning outcomes/assessment criteria) as any changes in this area would largely impact on the integrity and purpose of the qualification.

However, we have been able to add additional areas where simulation is permitted – please see the document ‘Simulation Adaptations for Dental Nursing – Covid 19.’

Students will still need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

Where the MCQ assessments take place in an online on-demand format and can be delivered in line with public health guidelines, assessments will continue to proceed.

We have recently launched our remote invigilation solution and more information can be found on our website.

Adaptations should be applied in line with the guidance agreed by the GDC and other Awarding Organisations, which can be found in the adaptation addendum document below.

AT 60122511 V1.0
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Additional areas for simulation - DN - Covid 19
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