Dental Nurse Training: Courses & Apprenticeships

Dive into comprehensive courses and apprenticeship programs, offering all the expertise, resources, and guidance you need to forge a successful career in dental nursing.

At Cavity Training, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive dental nursing courses: the Level 3 Diploma and the Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing.

Our distinct blend of a welcoming environment, combined with our private student forum, ensures a collaborative learning journey. Here, students can seamlessly connect not only with peers but also with our seasoned tutors and assessors.

From the moment you embark on your course, we will ensure a smooth transition, introducing you to your dedicated mentor. This personalised approach is rooted in our belief that the diverse expertise of our nurses, honed across varied dental nursing environments, provides unparalleled training.

Our team comprises working dental professionals, each bringing years of ‘hands-on’ experience and specialised qualifications ranging from orthodontics to sedation. Whether they’re seasoned in community units, hospitals, high street practices, or emergency hubs, their vast knowledge guides every student. With Cavity Training, you’re not just learning; you’re being mentored by the industry’s best.

Dental Nurse Training by Dental Professionals

Choosing the right training provider is a crucial step in your educational journey, and it often goes beyond the curriculum. It’s about feeling supported, understood, and being in an environment that fits seamlessly with your aspirations. At Cavity Training, we have meticulously designed our courses – from the Level 3 Diploma to the Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing and beyond – to ensure they resonate with your needs. Our holistic approach, spearheaded by seasoned dental professionals, ensures that with us, you’re not just ticking boxes; you’re setting the foundation for a promising future in dental care. Dive into our course offerings and discover why Cavity Training stands out in the realm of dental education.

Course Fees

The course is either priced at £2,500, offering flexibility with payment; you can either settle the amount in full or opt for six manageable installments of £417, or the Apprenticeship route could be free for both candidates and, in some scenarios, employers.

One to One Contact

As well as live webinars delivered by our tutors you will also be assigned a local assessor who will be on hand to answer any queries as well as provide practice visits.

Full E-library included

We believe that we are the only training provider to have invested in a full e-library of resources available to all of our students.

Direct Access To Jobs

Cavity have a nationwide database of clients. Once you have qualified we can help you expand your horizons. Whether that being in a hospital environment to a specialist private practice. There is a wide range of job opportunities available to you.

Health & Wellbeing Support

Pastoral care and regular contact with our student Health and Wellbeing team. We are also offering a Mental Health First Aid Course.

Backed by City & Guilds

Cavity Training is proud to be in partnership with City & Guilds to ensure that you are provided with a certified, recognisable dental nursing qualification of a high standard.

Our Courses

Level 3 Diploma & Apprenticeships in Dental Nursing

Cavity Training is your gateway to a fulfilling career in dental nursing, presenting both Diploma and Apprenticeship pathways to excellence. Embrace the opportunity to develop hands-on skills, earn as you learn, and achieve a nationally recognised qualification. As a trainee dental nurse, you’ll play an indispensable role, providing essential chair-side support to clinicians. Your role will also extend to other practice areas, such as reception – managing patient queries, handling calls, processing payments, and scheduling appointments.

Before diving into the formal study segment, a one-month induction in a surgery setting is a prerequisite. If you’re over 16, eligible to work in the UK, and not engaged in full-time education, our doors are open for you to join our Dental Nurse Course at any point in the year.

Our Diploma:

  • Run in partnership with City & Guilds Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3, it encompasses weekly virtual classes & assignments, averaging around 4 hours a week.
  • Involves a minimum of 8 in-surgery assessments with your dedicated assessor.
  • Culminates in a final assessment that includes an in-practice observation and an interview addressing the competencies acquired throughout the programme.
  • Demands at least 584 hours of hands-on, ‘on the job’ training.
  • Typically spans 18-24 months from start to finish.

Our Apprenticeship:

  • Designed to seamlessly integrate theoretical learning with practical experience in a dental practice.
  • Also offers a hands-on role, ensuring you’re well-equipped to tackle real-world challenges.
  • Could potentially be free for candidates and, in specific cases, even for employers.

At Cavity Training, we’re committed to crafting the next generation of competent, confident dental professionals.

Dental nurse professionals

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more below or feel free to contact us directly on 0118 207 8696.

When do your courses start

We have courses every month throughout the year.

How much do our courses cost?

Our courses vary in cost with our paid courses starting at £325 and upwards from that depending on the length and complexity of the course.

The apprenticeships are often free of charge to both the employer and trainee depending on circumstances.

Do I need to pay the fee upfront?

We offer a range of payment plans to suit the needs of our trainees. Speak to a member of our team for more information.

How do I apply?

To apply you can contact us on 0118 907 9872 or fill out our enquiry form.
The team will be in contact, with the next step.

How long does your courses take to complete.

Our courses vary anywhere from 3 days to 24 months depending on the course you choose. We offer both day tutoring as well tutoring outside of working hours.

How is the course presented?

All of our courses are delivered through weekly virtual classes.

For our Diploma, we have weekly virtual classes and assignments totalling approximately 4 hours a week and a minimum of 6 in-surgery assessments with your dedicated Assessor, approximately every 8 weeks.

Do I need to be employed at a practice to start the course?

For most of our courses, yes. You will need to complete a minimum of 584 hours of on the job training.
We can help you find you a work placement.

For our mental health first aider course, you do not require to be employed.


What is the minimum age to enrol on the course?

If you are over the age of 16, eligible to work in the UK and not currently in full time education you will be able to join our Dental Nurse Course at any time during the year.

What if I decide I do not want to continue the course?

If you wish to cancel, then please contact us 24 hours prior to starting the course and we can cancel or reschedule your booking. No refund of course fees will be made after the course has started. An admin fee of £250 will be deducted from any cancellation prior to the start date.

What grades do I need to enrol?

For access to our diploma and apprenticeship courses, you will need to have English and Maths Grades A-C or equivalent. In some instances you may be able to do a functional skills test to gain access to our diploma.

For our fluoride course you must be a qualified dental nurse.

Can I meet other classmates on the course?

All students have access to Slack which is a secure social platform for our students to chat. You will also have access to our Health and Wellbeing coach.

Will I have to purchase books?

Everyone learns differently. However, we have invested in e-books which have been uploaded to the online student portal where you will have access to all the literature you should need to complete your course.

Witham, Essex

Job openings for trainees

A fantastic opportunity for a Trainee Dental Nurse to join a friendly family practice in Witham, Essex.
Dental patient reviewing XRAY with dentist

Llansantffraid Dental Centre

Job openings for trainees

Full time or part time dental nurse in a new fully digitalized surgery, free parking

Two dental nurses