The City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing-Advanced Apprenticeship (4238-12)

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The Central Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals is working in partnership with Health Education England to recruit and train enthusiastic and motivated Apprentice Dental Nurses. Successful applicants will undertake and fulfil the educational and clinical requirements to the 21-month City & Guilds Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing Programme. The qualification has been approved by the General Dental Council (GDC) as meeting the qualification requirements for applicants to the dental nurse professional register. This qualification has been approved by Skills for Health and is part of an apprenticeship framework.

As an Apprentice Dental Nurse, you will learn, develop and practice the skills required for employment and/or career progression in Dental Nursing. The content of the programme is mapped to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB’S) within the Dental Nurse Apprenticeship standard. The qualification content also meets the requirements of the General Dental Council (GDC) Learning Outcomes and is approved by the GDC.

Information and Entry Requirements 

  • Suitable applicants will be shortlisted for interview
  • It is beneficial if the applicant holds a certificate in Maths and English, GCSE, or equivalent Grade 4-9
  • Following a successful interview with the school, the applicant will be employed within a General Dental Practice (GDP) for a maximum of 40 hours per week. Terms and Conditions of employment will be between the applicant and the GDP
  • The employer will support the applicant with obtaining their immunisations including, Hepatitis B, TB, MMR and their enhanced Disclosure Baring Services (DBS)
  • The course is delivered at the school over a 21-month period
  • The academic component of the programme will be delivered via face to face delivery at the school. This will equate to 20% of the working week
  • The clinical competencies will be undertaken in the workplace. The applicant will be assigned a designated Assessor and Dental Nurse Tutor
  • The applicant will be paid the National Minimum Wage for their age for the 21-Month duration of the programme
  • A Service Level Agreement (SLA) will be drawn up between the school, employer and applicant


End Point Assessment 

The End Point Assessment (EPA) of the Dental Nurse Apprenticeship is part of the qualification. Candidates cannot achieve the qualification without being successful in the EPA which consist of the following

  • Synoptic knowledge test (Distinction/Pass/Fail)
  • Interview which is underpinned by a portfolio (Distinction/Pass/Fail)
  • Observation of Practice, followed by question  and answer session (Pass/Fail)


For more information please contact the school on

Telephone: 0161 272 5670


Course fact sheet: The Advanced Apprenticeship Fact Sheet March 2021

Course application form: Application form