HNC Dental Technology candidate information

HNC Dental Technology

The HNC Dental Technology will develop your core competences to enhance a career in dental technology, allowing you the opportunity to become a registered dental technician. You will also develop professional attitudes and high ethical standards in patient treatment and the need for continuing professional development.

Other areas you will cover include: understand and apply core procedures and practices in the laboratory environment; interpret and implement dental prescriptions; use a wide range of basic dental techniques; organise and implement laboratory procedures; organise and utilise specialist dental laboratory equipment; produce various types of basic dental prosthesis and appliances; use a wide range of dental products effectively; understand the key ethical and medico-legal considerations, and the health and safety legislation involved in a dental laboratory; deal with medical emergencies, and the maintenance of a safe working environment; develop effective communication and interpersonal skills with other Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) and patients.

You will also develop your logical, analytical and problem-solving skills, and other transferable skills to enhance your versatility and adaptability.

Employment and progression opportunities

You may go on to gain employment as a Dental Technician, Senior Technician, Dental Laboratory Manager, dental laboratory business owner or industry trade representatives. You might work in the NHS, a general practice laboratory, or a commercial laboratory. You could be employed in specific areas such as prosthodontics, orthodontics, crown and bridge, sales or education.

The HNC Dental Technology provides skills, knowledge and understanding which may make you eligible to seek registration as a Dental Care Professional with the General Dental Council. It enables you to progress to Year 2 of the HND in Dental Technology, and 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:

  • Two Highers at C pass or above
  • Locally devised programme of NQ Units for Dental Technology (or equivalent) 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.