Dental and Oral Healthcare Assistant (Level 5)

Edinburgh College


Granton Campus


If you want to work as a dental nurse you will have to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) as this is the law. To become registered you would have to achieve two qualifications, the SVQ in Dental Nursing and the PDA in Dental Nursing at SCQF level 7.

Before entering training for these qualifications, the GDC require all learners to be at a level called ‘safe beginner’. This means you need to have “training regarding patient safety and confidentiality; infection control; the protection of vulnerable children and adults; and how to deal with medical emergencies”.

This qualification has been designed to provide a pathway from entry level to safe beginner, enabling you to either seek further training and a career in dental nursing or alternatively training and/or employment in related fields, e.g. a local decontamination unit or in health and social care.

On completion of this course candidates will be awarded the NPA in Oral Health Care: an Introduction at SCQF Level 5.

Entry Requirements

Subjects at National 4. Interview.

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

Dental and Oral Healthcare Preparing for Practice (Level 6)

Start Date

August, January



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

18 weeks


Health Professions and Social Services

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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