BSc Oral Health Science

Dental Hygienists/Therapists are highly skilled professionals who work as part of the dental team providing care to help patients have good dental health.

They play an essential role in preventing oral diseases such as gum disease, tooth decay and mouth cancers. Their skills include providing preventative, periodontal and restorative therapies in adults' and children's teeth through clinical treatment and education.

This exciting and challenging programme is taught in Glasgow Dental Hospital, Glasgow Caledonian University and a number of outreach centres. The Dental School's clinical skills laboratories have superb facilities and state of the art teaching technologies.

Good communication skills are essential to be able to deal with patients and parents or carers. Students are expected to adhere to the strict code of conduct outlined by the General Dental Council and a high standard of maturity, confidentiality and professionalism is expected to be maintained throughout the course.

Your career

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Dental Council. There are many career opportunities in general dental practice in the NHS, private practice or Community Dental Service, which could also involve home care and hospital services. Graduates may also be involved in research and oral health promotion.

Year 1

Biomedical Sciences, Foundations of Practice, Human Disease, Plaque Related Diseases.

Year 2

Dental Biomaterials, Pain and Anxiety Control, Paediatric Dentistry, Dental Radiography.

Year 3

Integrated Patient Care, Dental Research, Oral Disease, elective project.

Overview

Students will participate in Inter-professional modules across all three years of the programme with students from other Allied Health professions.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2019/20

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc
Full Time
3 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
A990
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc Full Time 3 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2020/21

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

UCAS

 

BSc
Full Time
3 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
A990
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc Full Time 3 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher: BBBB including Biology or Human Biology plus Nat 5 English and two sciences at C

A level: BCC including Biology or Human Biology plus GCSE English and a second science (Physics, Chemistry or Maths) at C/4

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 to include Biology or Human Biology at Higher and Ordinary level Maths and English at O2

IB Diploma: 24 points must include Higher Level Biology or Human Biology and a second science

BTEC: Extended Diploma including Biology or Human Biology at DMM plus GCSE English and 2nd Science at C/4

College HNC: Dental Nursing plus BBB from Scottish Higher to include Biology or Human Biology. Other relevant HNC may be considered in addition to BBB from Scottish Higher to include Biology or Human Biology. HND in Dental Nursing plus BB from Scottish Higher to include Biology or Human Biology. Other relevant HNDs may be considered in addition to BB from Scottish Higher to include Biology or Human Biology. SVQ/ NVQ/NEBDN in Dental Nursing must have BBB from Scottish Higher to include Biology or Human Biology or GCE A level at BB to include Biology or Human Biology.

SWAP: Access to Medical Studies or Biological and Chemical Science at BBB to include 65% in Biology unit.

Foundation apprenticeship

Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.

Additional requirements

Good communication skills are essential to be able to deal with patients and parents or carers. Students are expected to adhere to the strict code of conduct outlined by the General Dental Council and a high standard of maturity, confidentiality and professionalism is expected to be maintained throughout the course.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend interview as part of the admissions process.

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold IELTS of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element or equivalent.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs for fee paying students

Self-funded students are required to cover the cost of the following:

  • Uniforms, approximately £15 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on duration of your course and can range from two to four.
  • Occupational health checks and vaccination, approximately £200.
  • Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.  New applications cost £59. Updates to existing scheme record costs £18.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

View our Undergraduate scholarships.

We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.

Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.





The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.

We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.





Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Dental Council.