HNC/HND Dental Technology

HNC/HND Dental Technology

The HNC in Dental Technology at SCQF level 7 is designed to give candidates a breadth of knowledge in all areas of dental technology and to enable them to demonstrate technical competence.

The HND in Dental Technology at SCQF level 8 is designed to give candidates a breadth of knowledge in all areas and advanced knowledge in one specialism, combined with the transferable skills and knowledge relevant to their programme level, required by employers.

These qualifications are available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The HNC and HND in Dental Technology will meet the employment needs of the dental technology sector. They are aimed at candidates who wish to further their career in dental technology.

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC and HND in Dental Technology are aimed at candidates who wish to further their career in dental technology, broaden their skill range to ensure they have the knowledge and technical competence to enable them to work within a progressive oral health care team, or work towards gaining a recognised qualification for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). Target groups include:

  • apprentice dental technicians in relevant employment
  • candidates who have completed NQ Units for Dental Technology and wish to progress to further study
  • qualified technicians undertaking CPD or progress to further study
  • unqualified technicians who are in training and working towards gaining a qualification to enable them to seek registration

Access

Entry to the HNC and HND in Dental Technology is at the discretion of the centre. The following recommendations are for guidance only:

  • locally-devised programme of NQ Units for Dental Technology (or equivalent) at SCQF level 6
  • equivalent awards from other awarding bodies
  • appropriate work experience

Candidate Information

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Progression

HNC candidates may progress to the HND in Dental Technology or employment.

HND candidates may progress into higher education, employment or self employment.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

Assessment of the underpinning knowledge for each Unit is by means of short answer testing. The practical skills are all tested under dental laboratory conditions. 

The Graded Units are project based and reflect what is expected of candidates in this occupational area. Candidates produce dental appliances from cast/model stage to completed prosthesis.

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Arrangements Documents

Title: HNC Dental Technology
Code: G8W1 15
Date: Version 03 (January 2015)
Download: HNC Dental Technology Arrangements Document (1 MB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Structure of HNC in Dental Technology

Group Award code: G8W1 15 (96 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 7

The HNC consists of a total of 11 mandatory Units.

Mandatory Units

Dental Technology: Professional Responsibilities — F1ME 34
Dental Oral and Facial Anatomy — F1M9 34
Dental Biomaterials — F1M6 34
Dental Alloy Techniques — F1M5 34
Dental Removable Prosthodontics: Partial Dentures — F1MD 34
Dental Removable Prosthodontics: Complete Dentures — F1MC 34
Dental Fixed Prosthodontics — F1M7 34
Dental Fixed Prosthodontics: Bonded Restorations — F1M8 34
Dental Orthodontic Technology — F1MB 34
Dental Orthodontic Technology: Removable Appliances — F1MA 34
Dental Technology: Graded Unit 1 — F33L 34

Structure of HND Dental Technology

Group Award code: G96M 16 (240 credit points)
SCQF level: 8

The HND consists of a total of 21 Units: 17 mandatory Units, one of two mandatory optional Units and three Units from a choice of cluster sets.

Mandatory Units

Dental Technology: Professional Responsibilities — F1ME 34
Dental Oral and Facial Anatomy — F1M9 34
Dental Biomaterials — F1M6 34
Dental Alloy Techniques — F1M5 34
Dental Removable Prosthodontics: Partial Dentures — F1MD 34
Dental Removable Prosthodontics: Complete — F1MC 34
Dental Fixed Prosthodontics — F1M7 34
Dental Fixed Prosthodontics: Bonded Restorations — F1M8 34
Dental Orthodontic Technology — F1MB 34
Dental Orthodontic Technology: Removable Appliances — F1MA 34
Dental Removable Prosthodontics: Complex Complete Dentures — F3G8 35
Dental Fixed Prosthodontics: Bridgework — F43K 35
Dental Orthodontics: Complex Removable Appliances — F43P 35
Getting Started in Business — DK2K 34
Developing the Individual within a Team — F870 34
Dental Technology: Graded Unit 1 — F33L 34
Dental Technology: Graded Unit 2 — F57G 35

Mandatory optional Units, one of:
Information Technology: Applications Software 1 — D75X 34
Digital Imaging — FD69 34

Cluster sets, one of:
Cluster Set 1: Dental Removable Prosthodontics
Cluster Set 2: Dental Fixed Prosthodontics
Cluster Set 3: Dental Orthodontics

Any other information

For candidates where English is not their first language it is recommended that they possess English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) level 5 or a score of 5.5 in IELTS.