To practice as a dental technician in NHSScotland, you must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). You will need to study an approved pre-registration programme, which can take 1-2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.
In Scotland the following colleges and universities offer programmes in dental technology:
To study dental technology (DipHE) at University of the Highlands and Islands you will need 2 SQA Highers at grade C or above, normally including a science subject. A pass in SQA National 4 English is also required, if English is not achieved at SQA Higher grade C.
Students must also be employed as a trainee dental technician in an MHRA registered laboratory.
You will also need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland.
Increasingly, work experience plays an important part when applying for dental technology courses. It will help you decide if a career as a dental technician is for you, as well as confirming your interest and suitability for the course.
Previous experience of working in dental care is beneficial. This can be either or paid or voluntary work in a general dental practice, hospital or other healthcare setting. You could also consider other roles in health and social care.
You are advised to contact NHSScotland boards or general dental practices in your area to discuss opportunities for work experience. Competition is extremely high, so applying early, being proactive and showing initiative is the key to securing a work experience placement.
Entry requirements for dental technology courses vary depending on the university, college or provider. Specific entry requirements, including other accepted qualifications, are provided on each college or university website.
You can visit the GDC website for a full list of approved educational institutions and dental technology programmes across the UK.