Dental Hygiene and Therapy Diploma
(27 months)

You will learn, through a mixture of lectures and practical sessions, the knowledge and skills to become a caring, knowledgeable, competent and skilful dental hygienist therapist. 

A large part of your time will be spent on practical work, initially using a phantom head with natural teeth.

After this, you have the chance to work with members of the dental team and other health professionals to treat patients at Newcastle Dental Hospital and other hospitals and clinics in the district.

Some of the topics covered on the course include:

  • the scientific basis of dentistry
  • behavioural science and communication
  • human anatomy and physiology
  • the process of disease
  • children’s dentistry
  • dental radiography
  • principles of health promotion and disease prevention
  • the organisation and provision of healthcare in the community and in hospital
  • the care of oral appliances and devices
  • dental practice issues (including ethics, medico-legal considerations, health and safety)
  • key clinical skills (instrumentation and restorative techniques)

The course lasts for 27 months ending with final examinations in December.

Attendance is expected daily from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. As well as bank holidays and statutory holidays, the Dental School will be closed for nine weeks during the year.


We welcome candidates who are ready to meet the challenges of this demanding course. You must be prepared for sustained hard work and effort throughout the year and we will support you to help you achieve your full potential. 

Any candidate repeatedly failing to meet the expected standards may be asked to withdraw from the course.