National Certificate in Dental Technology: an Introduction at SCQF level 6

National Certificate in Dental Technology: an Introduction at SCQF level 6

National Certificates (NCs) are practical qualifications designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills (including Core Skills) required for further study or to gain employment.

The NC in Dental Technology at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the dental technology sector. This includes professional ethics and responsibilities and health and safety, as well as practical skills in producing fixed and removable appliances.

This qualification covers areas such as the General Dental Council (GDC) Standards for the Dental Team and the introductory level GDC Learning Outcomes for trainee dental technicians to work safely in the dental laboratory environment.

National Certificates are designed for full-time delivery over one year (or part-time over two years) and are available in colleges. 

Why study this qualification

This NC is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • School leavers
  • Adult returners to education
  • Learners looking to progress to an HNC/HND
  • Learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • Employers who wish their employees to take part in short, continuing professional development courses
  • Learners who are seeking national recognition of their achievements

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners would benefit from having attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • SQA units (or their equivalent) at SCQF level 4 or above eg National 4 in a science-related subject, or National 5 in Human Biology
  • Successful completion of a locally-devised entry course at SCQF level 4 or above

Employment and progression

The NC in Dental Technology: an Introduction may provide progression opportunities to:

  • an HNC/HND or equivalent in a related area
  • employment in the dental technology sector

Qualification structure

Group Award code: GM56 46 (72 SCQF credit points)

The National Certificate in Dental Technology: an Introduction at SCQF level 6 consists of 11 mandatory units (72 SCQF credit points)

NC in Dental Technology: An Introduction at SCQF level 6 GM56 46  (460 KB)

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: GM56 46 (72 SCQF credit points)

The National Certificate in Dental Technology: an Introduction at SCQF level 6 consists of 11 mandatory units (72 SCQF credit points)

NC in Dental Technology: An Introduction at SCQF level 6 GM56 46  (460 KB)

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How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment of this NC is through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions.

Each unit is assessed separately. 

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