This BSc Dental Technology degree aims to produce dental technologists able to fabricate dental restorations, prostheses and appliances (such as unique, individually made crowns and bridges or orthodontic appliances) to a high standard of precision. The course also seeks to enlarge understanding of new and developing areas of dental technology and to enhance relationships within the Dental Team.
This course is operated in close collaboration with the University of Wales Dental Hospital Trust, which will deliver, assess and be responsible for one-third of the course. As a dental technology undergraduate, you will work with trainee dentists and consultants in the second and third years of the course.
Learning & Teaching
An enquiring, questioning, curious approach to the topics, which need to be understood and acquired for registration, as a competent technologist will be developed.
During your time on the course, you will experience a number of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, seminars, practical sessions, team assignments and self and peer assessments. There will be some joint learning sessions with part-time students, use of e-portfolios and extensive use of the virtual learning environment where lecture notes, videos of practical demonstrations, lecture delivery items and past papers can be accessed online. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss your academic progress and could refer you to other experts for other matters where necessary.
There has been a long and established link with the Cardiff and Vale Health Board Dental Hospital culminating in that institution providing a major contribution to this degree programme. Two semesters in the second and third years will be delivered and assessed by staff from the Dental Hospital, which is situated within easy walking distance from Cardiff Met, Llandaff. Students are thus able to gain valuable experience in producing appliances, restorations and prostheses and see these items fitted to patients.
The source of personal support found most useful by current students is the ‘open door’ policy operated by the Programme Team whereby students are invited to contact any of the full-time teaching staff who are available in the staff office during normal office hours.
Employability & Careers
Our graduates have excellent career prospects. Dental technologists are employed in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices and dental schools. Within the Health Service there is a clear career structure ranging through Senior, Chief and Senior Chief Grades. Within the commercial sector, after some years of experience, it would be possible to become a commercial laboratory owner or manager.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). An IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 is required where English is not the first language, plus 96 points from at least 3 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
96 points from at least 3 A levels to include grades CC, one to be in a Science subject (Maths accepted); Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM within a Science subject
96 points from at least 3 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD, one to be in a Science subject (Maths accepted)
96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades, one to be in Biology, Chemistry or Maths. Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4
96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.