Dental Technology - BTEC Diploma

Awarded by Pearson

3 years full time or 3 years part time

Dental technology is both a science and an art. Dental technicians design and craft a wide range of prosthetics and orthodontic appliances according to each patient’s needs. Working to a dentist’s prescription, you will use a variety of materials to create appliances to improve a patient’s appearance, speech and ability to chew. 

Many technicians acquire skill in the use of sophisticated instruments and equipment while performing laboratory procedures. It is important for the patient that the technician helps create tooth replacements that are attractive and functional. As a dental technician, you may rarely see the patient, however, the appliances and devices that you make will have a huge impact on a patient’s life.

The course

The dental technology course is a further education course for those who are interested in qualifying to be a dental technician. All training is provided in our purpose built training laboratories based in the Leeds Dental Institute and led by experienced qualified dental technicians. All full-time students are employed by the NHS and have access to University facilities where required.

We provide teaching and all disciplines within dental technology and incorporate state of the art techniques and methods which are used within the profession. Part time students are expected to already be working in a dental laboratory setting as the will be gaining their work experience from their place of employment. 

Our students study alongside students from other dental courses at Leeds Dental Hospital and the University of Leeds Dental School. We have three dental technology laboratories which are used for integrating theory and practice.

Working across you will learn to work with a number of different materials within the dental technology field including:

  • waxes
  • acrylics/plastics
  • precious alloys
  • non precious alloys
  • stainless steel
  • porcelain
  • composites or polymer glass combinations

Please visit the NHS website to apply, or contact Geoff Widdop for more information.