About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the health sector.
Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified dental nurse within the sector.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in dental nursing will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete the combined competence and knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 2 as well as the essential skills above.
Competence and knowledge qualifications
You need to complete the combined competence and knowledge-based qualification shown below.
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking this apprenticeship, however entry to the level 3 apprenticeship requires the ability to undertake and achieve level 3 vocational qualifications. You can demonstrate this ability via successful completion of a relevant level 2 apprenticeship, or a relevant level 2 or equivalent vocational qualification.
Alternatively your training contractor and employer may carry out an assessment of your abilities prior to enrolment. Employers may also apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
Employers and training contractors must ensure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.
See also the DfE operational requirements for programme eligibility.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
Apprentices must achieve the employee rights and responsibilities qualifications listed below:
- City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care and Young People’s Settings 501/1723/3
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 421 Issue 3: 07/19) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: