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Dental Intermediate (Level 2) - Working in Dental Settings

This study programme is for you if you are interested in starting your career in dental health in a customer facing role or if you are thinking of becoming a dental nurse but are not yet ready to move onto the Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3. The study programme will provide you with a range of essential technical and practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the dental health industry.

Dental care setting

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 or A*-D ideally including English and maths OR
  • Childcare or Health & Social Care Level 1 or Level 2

Entry will also be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Course content

Subject units:

  • Principles of health and safety in dental settings
  • Principles of infection prevention and control in dental settings
  • Communication for effective working practice in dental settings
  • Reception and administration in dental settings
  • Principles of safeguarding in dental settings
  • Standards and principles in dental settings

English and maths:

  • If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade 4 or above we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 

Work experience: 

  • During the study programme you will spend time at a placement.

Personal development skills, study skills, employability skills and tutorials

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a portfolio, written work and two external exams.


Working in Dental Settings City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate


  • English and maths qualifications if required

For those who wish to, you may also choose from our range of Level 2 distance learning courses to further enhance your employability skills

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to our Dental Nursing Level 3 Diploma, Dental Nursing Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship or Dental Administration Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Additional information

We are the only post-16 provider locally to offer this study programme. Our team of dental professionals will arrange for you to have practical experience in a range of dental settings whilst on the study programme. A range of enhancement activities will be offered as well as work experience in dental settings.

There are additional costs of £100 to cover uniform and books. Please note: the cost is subject to change and will be discussed further at interview.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 14/09/2020 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Cauldwell Street BBK1609

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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