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Dental Therapy and Hygiene (BSc)

  • B752

3 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Our Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene course will enable you to qualify to practise as a hygienist or a therapist as it is recognised by the General Dental Council. It is delivered by the only dental school in Wales, and one of the highest ranked in the UK. The School is based in the Dental Hospital at the University Hospital of Wales, where you will be able to take advantage of outstanding facilities, expert tuition, and early exposure to patients. Employment prospects are excellent, with typically 100% of graduates in employment within six months.

Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene BSc

Key Facts

UCAS Code B752
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available 11
Typical applications received Contact the School for detailed information
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer BBB
Admissions Tutors Dr R. McAndrew
Tel Number 029 2074 2468
Email address
School website

Renowned for excellence in teaching and research, our School of Dentistry offers outstanding facilities and a friendly atmosphere, and is based in the Dental Hospital, which is part of the University Hospital of Wales. This means the School has a close working relationship with the NHS.

Only eleven students are admitted to our BSc in Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene each year, so competition for places is keen.

The three-year BSc starts in September and you will be assessed through exams, assignments, project work and presentations, as well as your clinical performance and competency.

As the only School of Dentistry in Wales, there is a seamless link with the Dental Service Group of the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust based in the University Dental Hospital, which provides the majority of the clinical experience you will gain during your studies, providing advice and treatment for patients from Wales and from neighbouring parts of England.

Visit the Cardiff School of Dentistry website for more information about modules and credits.

The School of Dentistry provides a high-quality, evidence-based, research-led, innovative and student-centred educational experience. The School delivers modern, efficient and effective programmes that produce high calibre graduates who can make a positive impact on society by enhancing patient care and advancing dental science.

All applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs (or their equivalent).

These qualifications must include:

  • English or Welsh Language at grade B or above
  • Four other GCSEs in any subjects at grade C or above

All applicants must also have one of the following:

  • Either three A-levels at grade B or above. One of these must be a biological based subject (Biology, Human Physiology and Health) and excludes General Studies


  • Grade A in the Core, plus include grades BB at A-Level, one of which should be Biological Science


  • A nationally recognised dental nursing qualification Level 3 (or equivalent) plus two A-level grade Bs one of which must be in a biological based subject (see above)

Other: Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

In 2010, 100% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation.

Employers included a variety of NHS Trusts and higher education institutions. Career destinations included: Specialist dental practice, community dental practice and medical research posts.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dental Admissions Officer  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 2468 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2074 5004 


School Website:

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