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BSc Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

Year 2

(Award available for year: Diploma)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students will have provided evidence of being able to:

- satisfy the education and training requirements for Dental Hygienists as specified by the General Dental Council;
- practise as a safe beginner the permitted range of clinical procedures within the knowledge and competence of a Dental Hygienist;
- understand professional attitudes relating to the care of all types of patient and relating to the role of the Dental Hygienist in the dental team and the wider health care team;
- demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare environments in which they may practise and of the ethical, legal and governance issues applicable in those environments;
- communicate information effectively:
- conform to professional boundaries and norms where appropriate;
- demonstrate basic life support skills;
- apply an understanding of scientific information to clinical practice;
- demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team and in groups on a learning project;
- develop awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as learners, including those in a clinical context, and recognise the professional expectations for lifelong learning and continued professional development.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment as a Dental Hygienist;
- communication skills with patients, their families and associates, other members of the dental care team and other healthcare professionals as necessary to exercise personal responsibility in patient care;
- skills in obtaining clinical information by questioning and examination, interpretation of care plans, decision making within their remit, recognising and making appropriate arrangements for issues that extend beyond their level of competence;
- decision-making through the application of academic knowledge in clinical practice.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the full range of knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the practice of a Dental Hygienist, and an ability to apply these to a range of clinical situations;
- demonstrating that clinical skills have developed to a level that is necessary for a Dental Hygienist to contribute to the safe and effective clinical care of patients;
- the ability to self-evaluate and respond to received opinion.


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