Dental Nursing MA/SVQ Level 3

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Dental Nursing at level 3 will enable those working as dental nurses or trainee dental nurses, to develop the knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competence in their job role. This SVQ is based on standards developed by the sector skills council, Skills for Health. This SVQ is a recognised qualification which can be used towards registration with the General Dental Council (GDC).


What is the course called?

SVQ level 3 Dental Nursing and Personal Development Award (PDA) in Dental Nursing – both accredited by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).


What am I going to learn?

You will gain practical experience within your surgery.

You will learn the theory and knowledge required for your role as a dental nurse.

You will work through 11 SVQ units (detailed below) and be assessed on each one – each unit covers different aspects of dentistry.

In addition you will work through the 4 PDAs which cover much of the knowledge and understanding required for dental nursing.


How am I going to learn?

You will have an assessor assigned to you, who will support you through your course and assist you to build a portfolio of evidence.

You will attend Saturday training sessions in our Glasgow City Centre training centre.

You will undertake Skype tutorials in addition to this.

Flexible/ distance learner options are also available.

You will be provided with a full learner pack of resources to support all training and tutorials.


How will I be assessed?

  • By direct observation in your workplace by your assessor
  • Written assessments following each unit and PDA
  • Observation of simulated Basic Life Support and Oral Health Advice
  • Completion of Projects
  • Successfully passing Final Independent Exam
  • Completion of portfolio of evidence


When will I finish?

The duration of the course is usually 12-15 months.


How much does it cost?

Full funding is available for most individuals, however in some cases, fees apply.  Costs include SQA Registration, Exam and Certification fees, Training Sessions, Assessment, and Verification by our fully qualified staff.


How and when can I apply?

You can apply any time as we register candidates throughout the year.

Applications should be made via our online application form.


SVQ Mandatory Units

Unit ENTOA Ensure your own Actions Reduce the Risk to Health and Safety
Unit L&D10 Reflect on and Develop Your Practice
Unit CHS36 Provide Basic Life Support
Unit OH1 Prepare and Maintain Environments, Instruments, and Equipment for Clinical Dental Procedures
Unit OH2 Offer Information and Support to Individuals on the Protection of their Oral Health
Unit OH3 Provide Chair-side Support during the Assessment of Patients' Oral Health
Unit OH4 Contribute to the Production of Dental Radiographs
Unit OH5 Provide Chair-side Support during the Prevention and Control of Periodontal Disease and caries, and the restoration of cavities
Unit OH6 Provide Chair-side Support during the Provision of Fixed and Removable Appliances
Unit OH7 Provide Chair-side Support during non Surgical Endodontic Treatment
Unit OH8 Provide Chair-side Support During the Extraction of Teeth and Minor Surgery
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