Access to Dental Hygiene and Therapy
Full qualification title

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Science Professions)

Learning Aim Reference
No. of Credits
60 Credits at Level 3 (15 Ungraded & 45 Graded)
UCAS Tariff Points
Maximum 144 points depending on grades
Course fee
£1236 (includes £135 registration fees)
Payment options
Pay in full upfront (£50 Discount available) | Monthly Installments (from £103 per month)
12 months, flexible study (typically takes 8 months, but you can work at your own pace to complete in a time that suits you) Extension option available
Course start date
This course can be started at any time of the year
Access to Dental Hygiene and Therapy

A summary of the course

  • Change your career path and venture into Dental Hygiene/ Therapy
  • Study from home or wherever suits you
  • 100% online learning
  • Access to our interactive learning materials and activities 24/7
  • Study with tutor support
  • No exams, no set time for online classes but instead learn in your own time
  • Support with UCAS application, including an academic reference
  • Various payment plans are available
  • A sought-after route for meeting university entry requirements in Dental Hygiene/ Therapy
  • Trustpilot 4.9/5.0 Rating

About Your Diploma

If you're keen to embark on a career in dental hygiene/therapy but have found barriers due to qualifications or are seeking a career shift, our Access to Higher Education Diploma (Dental Hygiene/ Therapy) at Academy Online Learning offers an ideal starting point. This course provides the Level 3 units that are typically required by universities for entry into their Oral Health, Dental Hygiene/Therapy, and Dental Hygiene courses. While the course is structured to be completed within one year, the flexible design allows many students to complete it in just 8-10 months.


Excellent Preparation for Dental Hygiene/ Therapy at University

This diploma serves as a crucial stepping stone for those planning to pursue Dental Hygiene/Therapy at a university level. It is recognised by universities across the UK for its thorough approach, preparing you for various dental specialisations. Our course addresses essential dental hygiene/therapy topics through units like Research Skills, Academic Writing Skills, Healthcare Communication, and others, providing you with the necessary knowledge and study skills for university success. Additionally, with an Individual Learning Plan, you can effectively manage your assignment deadlines, ensuring consistent progress throughout your studies.


Getting Started with Academy Online Learning

As a leading UK online learning provider, Academy Online Learning offers this Level 3 nationally recognised qualification, nationally recognised and regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Our fully online course is designed for flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with your current lifestyle.


Stay On Top of Your Learning

Our online course allows you to take control of your own learning without having to attend lectures and tutorials at set times. You can start at any time, work through our interactive learning materials and activities at your own pace, and if you need help you can contact your personal tutor, who will be able to support you with a telephone or videoconference tutorial. All our tutors are fully qualified and experienced teachers and subject specialists in the topics you will be studying.

We do not require you to have your Maths and English but universities typically require you to have up to 5 GCSEs including GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or Grade 4 or above with the new grading system.) You can study GCSEs in Maths, English and Biology with us, alongside your diploma. Alternatively, we offer the Functional Skills option in Maths and English. Scroll down for more information on our fully online Functional Skills (includes the online exams) or GCSE options.


Entry requirements may vary between universities. Always verify that your qualifications will be accepted by your chosen institution before enrolling. Some universities may require Chemistry and Biology units, we can provide this for you.

For further information about Careers in Dental Hygiene click here.

We also provide support with UCAS applications including an academic reference.

Social Science units on this course (Graded)

Health units on this course (Graded)

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Payment Options

The cost of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professions) is £1236, and can be paid in monthly instalments from £103 per month over 12 months with 0% interest. Or discounted price at £1186 (£50 saving) when paid in full upfront.

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Monthly Payment
Cost/ Month
Pay in full
Pay in full
£1236: £1186
12 Months
11 Months
10 Months
9 Months
8 Months
7 Months
6 Months

* Includes £135 registration fee and certification with our awarding organisation, Skills and Education Access Group

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Units on this course (Ungraded)

Get into university with an Access to Higher Education Diploma

This gives you an opportunity to shine when you are invited for an interview at the university. You...

Academic Writing Skills

This can be awarded against a level 3 essay. In essay preparation, you will be expected to research...

How does society affect health

There are many diseases and consequently many causes of diseases. Identifying the prevalence of...

Research Skills
Correlations, Experiments, Observations, Case Studies Questionnaires and Surveys. Develop your own piece of research in a standard report format.
Information Literacy

Information Literacy Skills help learners to understand the range and quality of available resources...

Social science units on this course (Graded)

How do drugs affect the brain

This covers the central nervous system, Grey and White matter. You will be considering key concepts...

Health units on this course (Graded)

A female health professional wearing a mask

This unit relates to communication between health care professionals and clients. Here you will be...

Biology units on this course (Graded)

A microscope

In this unit you will learn about the structure of micro-organisms as well as the functions of sub...

Jars of urine

This unit looks at homeostasis and the kidney as a homeostatic organ. You will be researching the...

Body Structure and Function

(cannot combine with: Cell Differentiation and Tissues; DNA and Protein Synthesis; Human circulation...

Musculoskeletal System

The skeletal system is the primary focus of attention in this unit where you will be given the...


This unit covers the structure and function of the male and female reproductive system. There is a...

Genetic Inheritance

This addresses the understanding of genetic inheritance including simple Mendelian crosses where you...

Biochemical Molecules

In this unit you will learn about the structure and properties of carbohydrates, lipids (fats)...

Fruit and vegetables

Here you will be given the opportunity to explore the components and function of a balanced diet...

Endocrine system hormones

The main theme in this unit is to develop an understanding of the hormone system and the endocrine...

Non infectious disease

The topical area for this unit considers the nature of a range of non-infectious diseases including...

  Our Access to Higher Education diplomas offer: No need to pay for extras or upgrades - it is ALL included!
Self-paced online learning with 1:1 tutor support
Access your course materials immediately
Study anywhere - anytime
Face to face tutorials on demand, scheduled when you need them
One-to-one tutor support via state of the art video conference suite, email or by phone
Study around your work and home life commitments
Work at your own pace and complete within 8-12 months
Tailored individual learning plan to achieve success
Benefit from subject specialist tutors
Access to our online material written and developed by leading professionals in the industry
Interact with your tutor via our easy to use messaging service
Network with like-minded students via student messaging group
Access to your course 24/7
Tailor the course to fit your needs*
UCAS Application support to help with your personal statement
UCAS final check before submission


*Some university courses will want to see specific units - plan what is required and we will mix and match key units

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Becs Dental Hygiene Therapy Student
Great course, learnt so much. Felt supported throughout from different Tutors. Massive help with UCAS application.
Thank you.
Date of experience: 20 February 2024
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Rachel Cawthorne AOLL Student
Very trusting company, everyone responds promptly. All tutors were very helpful, especially Steve, Alison and Amy. Thank you for all your help!
Date of experience: 02 March 2024
Megan Andrew ELCAS Student
The access to the course was easy and simple to use the virtual learning area. The tutors where on hand with messages and if needs be phone calls. I enjoyed the course and it was good that the course could be paused as I needed as life changed and things made it that I couldn’t continue the course at times. This is very useful being military expecially when deployments come around the course can be paused until the end of the deployment.
Date of experience: 10 October 2023