NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing
- Health, Public Services and Care, Health
- Licence to Practice, UCAS
- Registration and Certification Fee
- Level 3
- Minimum entry age
- Credit Value
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.
Please note: centres must have GDC registered staff in place to deliver these qualifications, before applying for approval.
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.
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
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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)
Adaptations must be applied in line with the Joint AO guidance for Dental Nursing qualifications, which has been approved by the GDC.
Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). Students 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 and skills.
Where assessments take place in an online on-demand format, they will continue to be available in this format. Assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021. We have added additional resit opportunities to the MCQs for this qualification and we have also launched our remote invigilation solution. More information can be found on our website.
Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. Additional areas for simulation have been identified.
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.
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