Dental and Oral Healthcare Preparing for Practice (Level 6)

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus


This course is your next step towards a rewarding career as a dental care professional. In order to become a dental nurse, you must meet the professional standards governed by the General Dental Council (GDC) which set out the code of conduct, performance and ethics that govern you as a worker in the sector. To become registered you will have to achieve two qualifications, the SVQ in Dental Nursing and the PDA in Dental Nursing at SCQF Level 7. This course is a natural progression route towards these courses.

This course has been designed to build on the previous NPA at SCQF Level 5 and takes you to the next level of knowledge and skills specific to oral health care. You will learn the legislation, standards and ethics required for a career in the dental profession as well as the practical skills necessary to effectively and safely care for dental patients. This course is now an Edinburgh College mandatory requirement for progression to SVQ Dental Nursing enabling you to either seek further training and a career in dental nursing or alternatively training and/or employment in related fields. The National Certificate (NC) in Oral Health Care: Preparing for Practice will be awarded on successful completion of both NPA group awards.

Entry Requirements

Dental and Oral Healthcare (Level 5); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Interview and written exercise.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for SVQ Dental Nursing at SCQF Level 7.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

6 months


Health Professions and Social Services

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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