Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship For Employers


of our learners would recommend us


of our learners have passed their EPA with a Merit or Distinction


of employers would recommend us


of traineeship learners have developed their careers as a result of the programme

Find the Right Dental Nurse Apprentice for Your Business

Dental Nurse Level 3 Overview

What is a Dental Nurse Apprenticeship?

Dental nurses are professionals who provide clinical and other support to registrants and patients. Dental nurses undertake aspects of patient care, ranging from sterilising and preparing instruments, mixing materials and learning the knowledge skills and behaviours to work chairside, providing support to both the dental clinician and the patient. The integrated apprenticeship covers all aspects of the clinical responsibilities and duties that are carried out by a dental nurse and successful completion will enable the learner to register with the General Dental Council.

How a Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprentice Can Help Your Business

The level 3 diploma in dental nursing gives learners the knowledge and skills in dental nursing providing support in a range of dental treatments. Having an apprentice as part of your team can help boost productivity and skills throughout your business. They bring a fresh pair of skilled hands to the table with cost-effective training. By having a dental nursing apprentice a part of your team can rely on having a loyal team member at your practice long term, training them to suit your business, gaining skills and helping the team grow.

Aspiration Training offers dental nursing apprenticeship opportunities throughout England. We pride ourselves on our results and are passionate about helping people every day to improve their lives through education.

How the Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship Works

This dental nursing apprenticeship takes 16 months with up to 3 months EPA. The apprentice must be at least 16 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. They must also be employed, working more than 16 hours per week and have good levels of literacy and numeracy.

The completion of this apprenticeship enables registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). The level 3 dental nursing apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, so learners will be in an appropriate setting where they’ll be assessed and able to develop their portfolio of evidence. This qualification can be completed by existing or new employees. Aspiration Training offers a free recruitment service for employers looking for new dental apprentices for level 3 dental nursing.

What Qualifications Will the Dental Nurse Apprentice Gain?

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

• Level 3 Integrated Dental Nurse Standard
• Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2 (if applicable)

Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship Units

The dental nurse apprentice will be expected to complete the 11 mandatory diploma units below:

• Preparing for Professional Practice in Dental Nursing
• Infection Prevention and Control
• First Aid and Medical Emergencies
• Oral and General Health
• Endodontic Treatments
• Prosthetic Treatments
• Radiation and Radiography
• Periodontal Disease and Cavity Restoration
• Health and Safety
• Extractions and Minor Oral Surgery
• Management of oral health diseases and Dental Anatomy, Oral Health Assessments and Treatment Planning

What Else is Included in the Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship?

Each dental practice will cover a range of areas when taking the course and completing the mandatory diploma units. This often includes the following:

• Decontamination of instruments and infection control before, during and after a dental procedure.
• Recording charting.
• Helping ensure health and safety in the workplace.
• Setting up the surgery for dental procedures.
• Caring for all patients before, during and after treatment.
• Assisting the clinician in all chair side procedures by anticipating, passing and receiving instruments and items.
• Handling dental materials.
• Putting the patient’s best interests first, always ensuring a patient clearly understands and is at ease.
• Processing and mounting radiographs.
• Ordering dentistry stock.
• Liaising with dental labs; communicating to ensure a smooth running practice. Effective communication is key to good teamwork.
• Communicating with patients.
• Complying with all organisational and legal requirements.
• Working well as a team; ensure all tasks are completed on time and to the required standard.
• Ensuring patient records are saved and stored according to confidentiality.
• Keeping up to date with the latest training and requirements.

Your Dental Nursing Level 3 Apprenticeship Questions Answered

Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions about the dental nursing apprenticeship. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Can My Existing Staff Start a Level 3 Dental Nursing Apprenticeship?

Close Icon

Of course! Placing your existing staff on a dental nursing apprenticeship is a great way of upskilling your employees and uncovering your future managers. It can be a great way of motivating and rewarding your staff by committing to their continued personal development within your business.

How Does the Dental Nurse Apprentice Learn?

Close Icon

Dental nurse apprentices do most of their learning at work and benefit from regular contact with their dedicated assigned assessor. There is coursework to be completed while on the course, which is to be submitted online, however, the knowledge to complete this is provided while learning inside your business. There are 11 mandatory diploma units that the dental nurse apprentice will be expected to complete during the apprenticeship.

How Much Do I Have to Pay a Dental Nurse Apprentice?

Close Icon

All dental nurse apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices if they are aged 19 and under or aged 19 and over and in their first year of an apprenticeship. Apprentices are often paid higher amounts as their skills develop and we encourage employers to do so

Why Should I Take on a Dental Nurse Apprentice?

Close Icon

Bringing on a dental nurse apprentice to your practice will not only boost productivity but can help with motivation and bring a new skilled set of hands-on your team. You gain skilled and qualified staff for your dental practice in a cost-effective way. They can enhance your business performance while resolving possible skills shortages in your departments.

Why Choose Aspiration Training For Your Dental Nursing Level 3 Apprenticeship

We work closely with our values at Aspiration Training – we are passionate about people, communicate with purpose, are flexible for results and achieve without limits. Our purpose is to improve people’s lives through education and we pride ourselves on being a great place to work, developing future careers such as dental nursing.

We can help you to choose an apprenticeship that is right for your business and employees or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy. We work closely with you and the learner will help to develop the skills needed for your dental practice. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs throughout the dental nurse apprenticeship journey.

We  are able to tap into a talent pool that is overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into dental nurse roles. For further information and details about the dental nursing apprenticeship, get in touch with Aspiration Training today. You can fill out our form below or contact us via telephone or email.


Don’t just take our word for it, hear what some of our employers and learners have to say…

Dental nursing level 3 apprentice – Ebony England

During my apprenticeship with Aspiration Training I’ve felt fully supported even at those times where I have doubted myself.

Learn more

Why an apprenticeship?
Why an apprenticeship?
What is an apprenticeship?
What is an apprenticeship?
About us
About us

Enquire about an apprenticeship

Get in touch for advice and information on apprenticeships and all our other available courses.