36 months
18300 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Dental hygienists treat and prevent oral diseases. They support people in maintaining their oral health by providing treatments and advice designed to improve the health of the mouth, teeth and gums. If you want a career as a dental hygienist, this BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene degree course is for you.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Studying in our Dental Academy, you’ll get the skills and knowledge for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), which is essential for practicing as a dental hygienist.

Careers and opportunities

As the title suggests, dental hygienists help patients keep their teeth clean, but there's much more to the role than this alone.

Dental hygienists provide treatments, carry out procedures and give dietary and oral hygiene advice to maintain a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. Patients are often referred to dental hygienists by dentists, although many opt to see a hygienist regularly themselves.

Dental hygienists are needed in both the NHS and within private healthcare. Once you graduate you'll be ready to take your skills into areas such as general dental practice, hospital dental services or the Armed Forces, so you'll have great employment prospects as you embark on your dental career.

Looking to study dental hygiene and learn how to carry out additional procedures such as fillings and extractions? Take a look at our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy degree.

Programme Structure


  • Core Skills Training Framework – 0 credits
  • Tutorials – 0 credits
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice (dental) – 20 credits
  • Foundations of Dental Hygiene Practice – 40 credits
  • Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Practice – 20 credits
  • Integrated Clinical Practice – 0 credits
  • Science Informing Practice – 40 credits
  • UPDA Events – 0 credits

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UCAS points – 128–136 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, including 40 points from a pure Science subject For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD–DDM
  • T levels – Merit–Distinction

  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.
  • All successful applicants will be asked to complete confidential occupational health, immunisation, and disclosure and barring service checks.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18300 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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