Dental Technology - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

With 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey, this course aims to produce dental technologists able to fabricate dental restorations, prostheses and appliances (such as unique, individually made crowns and bridges or orthodontic appliances) to a high standard of precision. The course also seeks to enlarge understanding of new and developing areas of dental technology and to enhance relationships within the Dental Team.

This course is operated in close collaboration with the University of Wales Dental Hospital Trust, which will deliver, assess and be responsible for one third of the course. As a dental technology undergraduate you will work with trainee dentists and consultants in the second and third years of the course.

Course Content

Year One:

  • Introductory techniques
  • Applied Dental Materials
  • Dental Anatomy & Physiology
  • Removable Partial Dentures 1
  • Complete Dentures I
  • Cast Restorations
  • Professional Practice 1

Year Two:

  • Clinical Observation
  • Removable Orthodontics
  • Work Placement
  • Removable Partial Dentures 2
  • Complete Dentures 2
  • Ceramic Restorations
  • Work Placement
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice 2

Year Three:

  • Complete Dentures 3
  • Bonded Restorations
  • Research Project
  • Fixed and Functional Orthodontics
  • Advanced Dental Assignments
  • Prosthodontics

During years two and three, you will undertake periods of work placements normally at the University of Wales Dental Hospital Trust. The placement periods will enable you to gain the necessary experience in producing appliances, restorations and prostheses for patients.

Learning & Teaching

An enquiring, questioning, curious approach to the topics which need to be understood and acquired for registration as a competent technologist will be developed.

During your time on the course you will experience a number of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, seminars, practical sessions, team assignments and self and peer assessments.  There will be some joint learning sessions with part time students, use of e-portfolios and extensive use of the virtual learning environment where lecture notes, videos of practical demonstrations, lecture delivery items and past papers can be accessed on line.  You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be available to discuss your academic progress and could refer you to other experts for other matters where necessary.

There has been a long and established link with the Cardiff and Vale Health Board Dental School culminating in that institution providing a major contribution to this degree programme. Two semesters in the second and third years will be delivered and assessed at the Dental School, which is situated within easy walking distance from Cardiff Met, Llandaff.  Students are thus able to gain valuable experience producing appliances, restorations and prostheses and see these items fitted to patients.


Each module that you undertake is assessed. The nature of the assessment will vary according to the nature and purpose of the module. There are essentially five types of assessment used throughout the programme:

Written Formal Examinations (usually taken at the end of each semester); Practical Assignments (usually students will complete technical exercises with help from lecturers through demonstrations, advice and practical support); Timed Practical Examinations (where students will receive no practical assistance, but verbal guidance may be available during construction of pieces); Written Assignments  (these are projects where students use the library/resources centre to compile and collate necessary information or follow a case study), and Oral Presentations (this requires presentation of a topic to the remainder of the group; peer assessment and comment may be used).

Employability & Careers

Our graduates have excellent career prospects. Dental technologists are employed in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices and dental schools. Within the Health Service there is a clear career structure ranging through Senior, Chief and Senior Chief Grades. Within the commercial sector, after some years of experience, it would be possible to become a commercial laboratory owner or manager. Employment schemes are also available to successful graduates, for a period of one or two years, at University Dental Schools within the region, providing excellent opportunities to specialise. The Cardiff and Bristol Dental Hospitals offer this to dental technology graduates.

Entry Requirements

All candidates should have 5 GCSE passes to include English Language, Maths and Science, and one of the following:

  • 240 points from at least 2 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include a grades CC, one to be in a relevant subject, preferably in a Science
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma 240 points within a relevant subject
  • 240 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include three B1 grades preferably to include a Science
  • 240 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A level, preferably to include a Science, Core considered as 3rd subject
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 Merits within a Science

Or ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences with a pass mark of 65% or above’

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): B840

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

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Bursaries & Scholarships:
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Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Robert J Williams:
Tel: 029 2041 6899

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