Improvements for dental care assistant students
The first cohort of students on a new course aimed at widening access to the dental industry have completed their studies at Edinburgh College
The new Dental Care Assistant course, which is the first of its kind in the east of Scotland, offers an introductory course for those students who may not have any formal qualifications to apply for the SVQ level 3 course, or to those mature applicants returning to further education. The first cohort started in August and the college is anticipating a high pass rate for their first group of students.
Many of the students leaving the course will go on to study on the college’s SVQ Level 3 Dental Nursing course or further study while in practice. As the students complete a prevention of infection unit during their studies, as well as completing their PVG checks and getting their hepatitis B vaccinations, they are ready for trainee roles in dental practice straightaway.
Tom MacGregor, curriculum manager for health and veterinary at Edinburgh College, said: “Many of our Dental Care Assistant students joined the course with a lack of confidence and found teamwork and interacting with others a challenge. This course has developed them into confident individuals who can make positive contributions to their team, and work independently. They now show self belief, have more job ready skills and feel comfortable presenting themselves and their work.”