Dental Nurse Modern Apprenticeship

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Information and Resources for Modern Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

Modern Apprenticeships offer those aged over 16 in paid employment the opportunity to train and work towards a vocational qualification.

The trainee dental nurse will undertake:

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) & Professional Development Award (PDA) in Dental Nursing.

In addition, trainees will evidence the five SQA Core Skills Units as they progress through the Modern Apprenticeship programme:

  • Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy

Upon successful completion, the trainee will be able to register with the General Dental Council (GDC). 


Dentist and Two Dental Nurses providing impression for a patient in the dental chair.
Course/Programme Information

NES offers Dental Nurse Training programmes across each of their 5 sites: Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. This is a blended learning programme which consists of fourteen online study days and six in person training days at the dental education centre. Study days are full days, on a fortnightly frequency. 

The online application process for these programmes will be open for a limited time on an annual basis.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Programme commencing in September 2024 will be open from Monday 15 July 09:00 to 23:59 Monday 29 July.   

Further information will be provided in due course. 

Further information about the Modern Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing

Introduction to Modern Apprenticeship

Apprentice progress review

English Language Competence

English Language Competence

To practise safely in the UK, all dental professionals must have the necessary knowledge of English.

The GDC require that members of the dental team are sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English to communicate effectively with patients, their relatives, the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom.’ Communication is speaking, reading, writing and listening.

1 3. The Standards for the Dental Team also highlight the need for dental professionals to be able to document their work clearly and accurately. If dental professionals do not have the necessary knowledge of English, they are unlikely to fulfil these requirements. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support


Skills Development Scotland Guidance for apprentices to support their own mental health and wellbeing.


Support for Employers

Support For Employers Delivering Apprenticeships

This guidance has been written specifically for the employers who support apprentices.  We want to encourage employers to become more involved in the development and delivery of the learning apprentices need to successfully complete their qualifications.  Use this guidance to deliver more successful apprenticeships and increase the benefit to your organization.

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