HND Dental Technology candidate information

HNC Dental Technology

The HND Dental Technology will give you technical competence in all areas of dental technology and enable you to gain advanced knowledge in one specialist area. You will also develop a thorough understanding of the importance of ethical practice and professionalism. You will be able to meet the requirements of employers and clients, and organise and implement laboratory procedures.

You will be able to understand and apply complex and advanced procedures and practices in the laboratory environment, including health and safety requirements, and interpret and implement advanced dental prescriptions. You will be able to use an extensive range of advanced dental techniques, and specialist dental laboratory equipment and dental products to produce advanced-level dental prosthesis and appliances. You will develop competence in the manipulative techniques and skills required to design and manufacture a wide range of custom-made dental devices.

You will develop your communication and other transferable skills, and will develop skills to enable you to start a dental technology business. You will be able to produce and present a business plan and marketing strategy. You will also be aware of the key ethical and medico-legal considerations, and health and safety legislation, involved in running a dental laboratory. You will be able to deal with medical emergencies, and maintain a safe working environment.

Employment and progresssion opportunities

You may go on to gain employment as a Senior Technician, Dental Laboratory Manager, dental laboratory business owner or industry trade representative. You might work in the NHS, in a general practice laboratory, or in a commercial laboratory, perhaps on a self-employed basis.

The HND Dental Technology will make you eligible to become a registered Dental Technician with the General Dental Council. You may be eligible for entry to the NES Vocational Training Scheme (UK and EU candidates only). It may also be possible to progress to degree courses. You should check with your centre for any arrangements or requirements.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry will be at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • HNC Dental Technology
  • a minimum of two Highers at ‘C’ above, preferably with a Science subject
  • locally devised programme of NQ Units for Dental Technology (or equivalent, eg Science, Health or laboratory-based awards in related areas) at SCQF level 6
  • equivalent awards from other awarding bodies

If you have suitable work experience, you may be accepted for entry provided the centre believes that you are likely to benefit from undertaking the award.