As a student at Birmingham School of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, you will have the opportunity to learn from world-leading experts, via our collaborative agreement with the University of Birmingham.
We advocate an enquiry-based learning (EBL) approach and from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. These are essential qualities, highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself. Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning.
From the beginning of the course, the teaching is fully integrated, combining basic clinical science topics with clinical and patient management skills. The course is delivered in 13 modules. Competence in each must be demonstrated in order to progress.
You will be taught in Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, which opened in April 2016, just a mile from the University’s main campus in Edgbaston. As the first integrated, stand-alone Dental Hospital and Dental School to be built in the UK for almost 40 years, the £50 million hospital provides world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment for more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees.
You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. If there are particular areas where you need support, you will be able to address this with your tutors.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Students studying Dental Hygiene and Therapy are taught by a mixture of clinicians, consultants, lecturers and professors. You will benefit from the collaborative agreement with the University of Birmingham, and sharing some lectures with students in the School of Dentistry.
For more information about staff in the school, their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest, visit the School of Dentistry staff profile page.
During the first year of your BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy degree you can expect approximately 17 hours of scheduled teaching per week. This will consist of lectures, small group teaching sessions, self-directed learning and practical skills training and 17 hours per week of independent study. There are approximately 6 hours of clinical placement per week during the second half of the academic year. Approximately 38 weeks of scheduled teaching and examinations take place during this year.
Throughout the second year of your BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy degree you can expect approximately 13 hours of scheduled teaching, 14 hours of independent study and 10 hours of clinical placement per week. There are approximately 42 weeks of scheduled teaching and examinations in this year.
Throughout the third year of your BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy degree you can expect approximately 10 hours of scheduled teaching, 14 hours of independent study and 13 hours of placement per week. There are approximately 38 weeks of scheduled teaching and examinations in this year.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways; these methods may differ with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations, laboratory-based work (depending on your chosen degree) and through formal examinations.
At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular area. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.
Throughout the course there will be opportunities to meet with your personal tutor to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support. Your personal tutor will be based in the School of Dentistry and can help with any academic issues you encounter.