Effective Learning: Face-to-Face teaching v Online delivery

  • August 06 2021

Effective Learning: Face-to-Face teaching v Online delivery


The current Covid-19 pandemic has brought about an extensive rethink as to how we organise our daily lives both individually and collectively. Where, when and how we work, travel and socialise have been subject to severe enforced restrictions which have curtailed many daily activities which we previously took for granted. This is no more the case than in the world of education at all levels with the closure of schools, colleges and universities potentially curtailing learning opportunities and detracting from the educational experience.

The response of educational providers to the challenge presented by the pandemic has been to offer various versions of online learning. This is hardly new: the Open University has been successfully delivering its distinctive form of blended learning (television lectures and textbooks supported by summer schools) for more than half-a-century while correspondence courses had a proud tradition of extending educational opportunities in the pre-digital age. There was a marked expansion in the private provision of online leaning in the years immediately preceding 2020. However, the degree of success achieved by providers in maintaining continuity of learning during the Covid-19 crisis has differed markedly and been subject to much adverse criticism. At school level it has been pointed out that pupils do not have equal access to home computers or have sufficient domestic space to engage in uninterrupted learning while university students feel ‘short changed’ by being excluded from campus while still being charged substantial fees . Some of these various deficiencies have been exacerbated by inept or unsympathetic implementation of revised modes of delivery and lack of union cooperation, but the realities of the current situation invites an objective appraisal of the benefits and shortcomings of Face-to-face teaching compared with Online delivery.

Diploma in Dental Nursing: Face-to-face teaching

Traditional Face-to-face teaching whether in the classroom ,lecture hall or tutorial room continues to be the predominant mode of delivery under normal circumstances and students continue to enjoy the chance to interact with their peers and teachers. Immediate feedback on their progress can be obtained and many students value the opportunity to engage in learning in a distinctive place away from home: they identify with their learning community. However, for mature and part-time students in particular traditional teaching is increasingly an unattractive option. The costs, time and sheer difficulty of travel to a specific location often acts as a powerful disincentive to those seeking new or additional qualifications while the reality of juggling employment with domestic and family responsibilities makes attendance at a set class at a set time an impossibility. It is here where the online delivery of courses can provide a viable opportunity for such potential students to upskill or gain qualifications.

Diploma in Dental Nursing: Online delivery

Digital educational technology has made great advances during the present century and can now offer an exciting and effective learning environment. Its immense flexibility allows online students to study at a time and place of their choosing and enable them to make valuable savings in time and travel costs. Regular interaction with tutors and other students facilitates the creation of a virtual learning community which can mitigate the sense of isolation which can sometimes be experienced by individual online students. Of course, not all students will be familiar with online access and the associated technology but responsible providers, such as The School of Dental Nursing, will make available the necessary support to ensure that students do not feel isolated or that they are on their own in their learning quest.


It is already becoming apparent that the current period of adversity will lead to a long term re-evaluation of how we live and work and crystallise trends that were already present such as the rise of online shopping and the decline of the high street. Liberation from the tyranny of the daily commute can be expected to yield tangible benefits to the work/life balance of many .In education  traditional classroom delivery seems likely to continue but with increasing elements of blended learning while the effectiveness and advantages of online delivery will become increasingly recognised. Perhaps Face-to-face teaching v online delivery poses a false dichotomy: different learners have different needs and what is suitable for one may not be appropriate for another. Many university and college students will continue to value their association with a physical entity and its community which is an essential component of their educational experience. For many others, particularly those with family or work commitments, online delivery will increasingly open up high quality educational opportunities that were hitherto not available to them.

At the School of Dental Nursing we provide both Dental Nursing Course Face-to-face classes at our Acton Headquarters and regional centres and the option of Dental Nursing Course online delivery to meet the needs of our diverse students some of which are starting their working life while others are looking for a mid-career change of direction. They are all fully supported by academic tutors and support staff and achieve excellent results whatever the mode of delivery of our Dental Nursing course.

Step-by-Step Guide on how to become a Qualified Dental Nurse

  • February 08 2021
  • SDN

Step-by-Step Guide on how to become a Qualified Dental Nurse

What is a Dental Nurse?

They provide ‘chair-side support’ for the dental team, which includes dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and technicians. Dental Nursing is tremendously satisfying as an occupation, because you are the vital link between the patient and the dentist. It’s a highly important role and the future career options available to qualified dental nurses are incredibly varied.

Earn while you learn!

This is one of the most favourable routes while studying towards the level three National Diploma as it gives you the opportunity to be employed as a Trainee Dental Nurse and receiving a salary from the Dental practice.

What is the Dental Nursing Course?

The Dental Nursing course is designed to prepare students for the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing and subsequent registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). The course will allow you to earn while you learn and when completed will open up an exciting range of career prospects within the dental industry.

The Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing is a one year equivalent part-time course and candidates are expected to take the first stage of the examination within 12-18 months of starting the course.

How can I join the course and become a qualified Dental Nurse?

Depending upon your current situation there are two ways you can join the course and become a qualified Dental Nurse:

Situation one: If you are already working in a Dental Practice as a Trainee Dental Nurse, you need to enrol on a recognised Dental Nursing course (part-time) where you learn the theory part of the course and are supported to complete the real-life work experience portfolio Record of Experience (RoE). You will be guided to the course examinations in order to gain the National Dental Nursing Diploma qualification which enables you to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and become a fully qualified Dental Nurse. This will lead you to many other career opportunities and allow you to progress to a range of professional roles.

Situation two: If you are not working in a Dental Practice but thinking about joining the course you need to be employed as a Trainee Dental Nurse within 3 months of the course starting. This will allow you to complete the real-life work experience portfolio Record of Experience (RoE). We prefer you to work full-time so that you are exposed to the practical experience which will help you with the theory part of the course. We will assist you to find a suitable dental practice.

In either situation you have two study modes to choose from:

Online - where you can study at your own pace and have continuous access to our learning resources. This saves time and travel costs and includes:

  • Immediate access to course materials
  • Detailed video course contents where you can play, pause and rewind
  • Step-by-step Instruction
  • Ongoing learning support and continuous feedback

Face to face - a traditional classroom-based course in small groups (maximum 15) held normally twice a month over one year at our campuses in London or Reading or at one of our regional centres throughout the UK. The classes provide:

  • A fixed timetable and scheme of work to allow you to finish the course within 12 months or earlier
  • Tutor led classes where you can interact with the tutor and other students
  • Experience of the School academic community.

Entry criteria: There are no formal entry qualifications but students are expected to be educated to good GCSE level or equivalent and have a good command of English language. Students are not admitted under the age of 18 and must be UK residents with evidence of a right to work.

Course components

There are three different components of the course that you will need to complete in order to sit your exams. These comprise:

- The teaching provided by the school

- Work Experience in Dental Practice

- Your Record of Experience (RoE)

Assessment methods

• NEBDN Record of Experience (RoE) to document your clinical competence

• NEBDN Written Examination (multiple choice questions)

• NEBDN Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Career Progression

After completing the course, you can progress onto post-registration qualifications in radiography, oral health education, sedation nursing, implant nursing, orthodontic nursing, and fluoride application.

You can also use the course as entry to a number of higher education courses, including foundation and bachelor’s degrees.

Job opportunities

Candidates can progress into other dentistry roles such as:

Dental Practice Manager

Dental Technician

Dental Hygienist

Dental Therapist


Dental Tutor.

There’s never been a better time to start your new career and get qualified as a Dental Nurse!

Why Choose the School of Dental Nursing?

  •  A choice of flexible online learning or face-to-face classes on Campus
  • An industry recognised professional qualification leading to secure employment
  • Our commitment to your academic success and personal development
  • Tuition by our highly professional and experienced staff
  • A clear fee structure which is flexible and affordable
  •  An excellent record of student success and achievement.

How much does it cost?

The total tuition fee is £1490 (excluding non-refundable registration and NEBDN examination fee) payable by instalments.

Is there a payment plan?

We provide the facility to pay by instalments and there are three components:
1- £150 registration fee (non-refundable)
2- An initial course fee of £390 followed 5 monthly instalments of £220
3- NEBDN Examination fee: £485 payable at the start of the work placement.

How to apply?

In order to secure a place on the course and start learning you need to take the following steps:

a- Sign up online

b- Provide the necessary documents as specified

c- Make an initial Payment.

Need more information?

Please contact us by telephone – 0208 993 4500 or via email- dental@schoolofdentalnursing.com  to our friendly administrative team.

How to stay safe from phone and online scams

  • January 30 2021

How to stay safe from phone and online scams

Here are some suggestions for staying safe from phone and online scams. 

As we are going through an unprecedented time with our normal patterns of life and routines disrupted by restrictions necessitated by Covid-19 the online scammers are not distancing themselves: rather they are getting smarter and increasingly sophisticated and we all need to be ever more vigilant with the use of our personal data on the internet.

During COVID-19 we have heard that there are more and more examples of scammers targeting older and vulnerable people and sending messages pretending to be helping but actually attempting serious frauds. They can work under the cover of an individual or a major brand name. One good recent example has been a phone call pretending to be from your Amazon prime account warning of payment issues. This is an attempted fraud If you get a phone call, text message or email that appears to be from an unusual, suspicious or unrecognised source please think twice -or three times! - before taking any action. Before clicking any link, please take steps to be certain it’s genuine. Fraudulent messages could lead you to a fake website where you may be asked to enter sensitive information including bank details which could have serious and damaging repercussions.

At this difficult time, we must all be vigilant to stay safe not only from diseases -COVID-19- but also from life damaging but controllable problems such as internet scams Please be assured that the School of Dental Nursing will never ask you for your payment details or bank account information by text message or email.

Please stay safe and alert others including your friends, family and communities.

Coronavirus Update

  • January 10 2021
  • SDN

Coronavirus Update

Firstly, on behalf of all the School staff I would like to wish you a happy, safe and successful 2021. Although the general situation does not look too good at present with the announcement of the new lockdown there are reasons for us all to be optimistic.

The Face-to-face (On Campus) programme will continue on Zoom accordingly to the schedule of work and we are operational and our tutors will be available for advice as required.

The School is keeping its Covid precautions under constant review and scrupulously follows all government guidelines to ensure that there is a safe environment on School premises.

The online programme will continue accordingly to the schedule of work and we are operational and our tutors will be available for advice as required. 

If you have any immediate questions or queries do not hesitate to contact us on 02089934500.

Is becoming a Dental Nurse the right step for you?

  • November 04 2020

Is becoming a Dental Nurse the right step for you?

Is becoming a Dental Nurse the right step for you?

Yes, if you are looking for a secure career in a people facing environment where you can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of dental patients.

What qualification do I need?

The National Diploma in Dental Nursing awarded by the NEBDN is the entry qualification to this exciting career. The Diploma is the highest status National qualification of its type and is recognised throughout the Dental Industry.

How long will it take?

We provide a one year part time course leading to the Diploma either online or face- to- face on campus. You will need to commit the equivalent of one day per fortnight (plus self-directed study time) if attending traditional classes but our online course provides maximum flexibility for you to combine study with other commitments.

What are my prospects/career opportunities within the Dental industry?

The prospects for a secure and rewarding career as a Dental Nurse are excellent. There is always a demand for dental treatment and at the present time there is a huge backlog of work because of the impact of COVID-19 earlier in the year. Dental Practices are now fully operational and will continue to need additional Dental Nurses to assist with patient treatment for the foreseeable future. There are also many additional opportunities for you to specialise and progress your career within such areas as:


Oral Health Education

Sedation Nursing

Implant Nursing

Orthodontic Nursing

Fluoride Application

Candidates may also progress into other roles of dentistry such as:

Tutor • Witness or Mentor • Practice manager • Dental technician • Dental hygienist • Dental therapist • Dentist.

What skills and qualities does it take to be a successful Dental Nurse?

In addition to your Diploma qualification you will need to be an outgoing person who can identify with the needs of patients and provide understanding and reassurance as necessary. You will also need to maintain the highest professional standards at all times and observe confidentiality with regard to patient records. You will have to be a good team player as well as acting on your own initiative as the occasion requires. You will welcome the need to exercise considerable individual responsibility.

Why should I invest in the course?

Because for relatively small outlay you will have a gateway to a secure career. Unlike university students you will not accumulate a large student debt which can hang around you for many years.

How much will I pay?

The basic fee for the course is: £1490. This can be spread over a number of instalments and additionally you will receive payment while undergoing your practical work experience in a Dental practice which is an essential component of the course. This will offset the full course fee.

How much will I earn?

Dental Nurses are always in demand with high earning potential. Dental nurse’s salaries can range up to £30k/year accordingly to www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk . Dental Nurses can also progress into senior roles with higher salaries.

Do I have to work in a Dental Practice while studying?

Yes, working in a Dental practice is an essential component of the course in order for you to gain practical experience. Remember we will help you to find a paid work placement so that you can start earning while you learn! We have helped hundreds of students succeed in their careers.

How to apply?

In order to secure a place on the course and start learning you need to take the following steps:

a- Sign up online: https://www.schoolofdentalnursing.com/register

b- Provide the necessary documents as specified

c- Make an initial Payment.

Need more information?

More information about the School of Dental Nursing can be found on this website and interested applicants are always welcome to contact us via our online enquiry form below, by telephone – 0208 993 4500 or via email – dental@schoolofdentalnursing.com to our friendly administrative team.

Dental Nursing Diploma: The advantages of online learning

  • April 03 2020
  • SDN

Dental Nursing Diploma: The advantages of online learning

The restrictions on movement necessitated by regulations to control the outbreak of COVID-19 have caused a widespread rethink about how we conduct our lives. Many people have utilised digital technology to work at home by means of video conferencing and other state of the art applications. In education the positive aspects of online learning have been emphasized as providers at all levels -from primary school to university- have been required to close their doors to students. Although the current coronavirus pandemic is hopefully a temporary problem, as technology rapidly improves the world is becoming ever more digitally connected and online/distance learning will become a permanent and probably dominant mode of educational delivery. The advantages are such that learning will become equally accessible to most of the world’s population irrespective of wealth or mobility.

At the School of Dental Nursing we have always recognised the many advantages of online provision. Students save valuable time by not being required to attend classes at set times and there are also savings in travel costs which can often be substantial. Online learning gives maximum flexibility for students to balance their study with various family and work commitments.

Some students feel that online learning means that they will be on their own and not have the benefit of access to their tutors in person .However, this is not the case as we provide all directed reading, course materials and videos so that our students are constantly in touch with the School. They are free to contact their tutor with queries at any reasonable time and they are given continuous feedback on their work and progress. They can also keep in touch and share their experience with other students through the virtual chat room which is provided on the School’s sophisticated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The School has been a pioneer in the development of supported online learning which is highly valued by its successful students.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) key Facts

  • March 17 2020
  • SDN

Coronavirus (COVID-19) key Facts

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is it?

A new respiratory illness that affects our lungs and airways

It is caused by virus called CORONAVIRUS

It was first identified in Wuhan city, China in December 2019 and has since spread rapidly across the world

What are the symptoms?

A new persistent dry cough

Shortage of breath-difficulty in breathing

Fever-a high temperature

It can cause more severe symptoms in those with underlying health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease)

How do we protect ourselves?

Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or carefully apply hand sanitiser

Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue carefully in a designated receptacle

Avoid large gatherings.

Stay at home for 7 days if you have a high temperature or a new, continuous dry cough

It is most likely to spread to others within the first 3 days of an individual having symptoms

After 7 days most people are no longer infectious.

Can COVID-19 be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates?

Yes, from the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, regardless of climate including areas with hot and humid weather.

Can eating garlic or similar spice/herbs help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence at all from the current outbreak that eating garlic or similar spice/herbs has protected people from the new coronavirus.

Does drinking alcohol help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

No. There is no evidence that drinking alcohol can prevent infection by coronavirus.

Is there a vaccine for this virus/disease?

No, so far there is no vaccine but scientists are working towards this and expect to test a vaccine at the end of 2020 in human subjects.

For more and latest advice search NHS/WHO Coronavirus

National Diploma - New Syllabus Launch

  • September 17 2019
  • SDN

National Diploma - New Syllabus Launch

NEBDN has been updated to provide more specific learning outcomes, and will be introduced as of Monday 23rd  September 2019. It will be available to view and download on our website https://www.schoolofdentalnursing.com/ 

The syllabus is linked to the assessment methods and new standards used by NEBDN, as well as GDC preparing for practice learning outcomes. The syllabus includes 11 modules with various learning outcomes, these are spilt into performance criteria and knowledge criteria. The syllabus has been rewritten to support Course Providers to include the right amount of detail in teaching sessions.

All NEBDN exam questions will be mapped to the new syllabus by April 2020. Therefore, we request that all course providers are asked to review their teaching materials, to ensure all aspects of the new syllabus are covered, it is anticipated that minimal change to course content will be required.  However, any students  that have been taught using the existing syllabus and are sitting the exam in April 2020 should not be disadvantaged, as the requirements of the syllabus remain the same and still link to preparing for practice and the content matches the current RoE requirements.

Become a smile maker!

  • July 02 0219

Become a smile maker!

How to become a qualified Dental Nurse

Have you always had a passion for science, health or human wellbeing? Has someone talk to you about the dental industry and its various roles or are you looking for a career change. A career in dental nursing could be what you are looking for!

What is a Dental Nurse?

Dental Nurses provide ‘chair-side support’ for the dental team, which includes dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and technicians. It is an important role for both the patients and the dental professionals working in the practice.

Here is how you can become a fully qualified Dental Nurse in 12 months in 3 steps:

Step 1- Enrol for the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing which is a nationally recognised qualification awarded by the National Examination Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN).

Step 2- If you are not already working in a practice, we will work with you to find a placement in a Dental Practice. You will study the theory part of the training at the School of Dental Nursing normally attending classes fortnightly between 10am to 5pm. While you are studying for the Diploma you will also be working as a trainee Dental Nurse which allows you to earn while you learn!

Step 3- Successful completion of the Diploma in Dental Nursing will enable you to register as a Dental Care Professional with the General Dental Council (GDC) and practice as a qualified Dental Nurse.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who has a general interest in dentistry and would like to make a career as a Dental Nurse. It is available for people already working in a dental practice and also for those looking for a career or career change.

Entry requirements

You can usually work as a trainee dental nurse and study for the diploma in dental nursing without formal academic qualifications but you will normally be required to take a literacy test to ensure you have the necessary language competency. The School of Dental Nursing can provide training in English Language if necessary.

How much does it cost?

Course Registration Fee: £150.00 (Non-Refundable).

Course Fee: £1400.00 payable in two six monthly instalments (additional examination fee is also payable).

Career prospects:

On gaining the qualification will become a registered Dental nurse which will provide a satisfying career. Additionally, it provides an opening to gain additional qualifications working as, for example a Dental Therapist, a Dental Hygienist, a Dental Nurse tutor or a specialist in Dental Radiography.

Join the School of Dental Nursing to become a qualified and registered Dental Nurse in 12 months and start a career in smile making!

Need advice or have any questions?

For informal advice call 0208 993 4500 / email dental[@]schoolofdentalnursing.com

Dental Nursing Course in London

  • January 15 2019
  • SDN

Dental Nursing Course in London

Dental nursing is vital to any successful dental practice. If you have recently attended a dentist as a patient have you ever thought about the people who play a key role in supporting the practitioners who delivered your treatment? Have you ever thought about the many career paths available to people who wish to work in a dental practice? Or are you already working in a dental practice as a trainee dental nurse and need to gain a formal qualification to be fully qualified?

The practice of dentistry is continuously developing as different dental conditions become better understood and new and innovative treatments are devised. This is particularly the case in London which a centre of Dental innovation and where there are many dental practices catering for both home based and international patients. There is therefore a particularly high demand for good qualified dental nurses and abundant career opportunities. 

The Diploma in Dental nursing course provide highly regarded qualification in the dental sector/industries. They command good starting salaries and provide many opportunities to develop a rewarding career. On successful completion of a dental nursing course you will have gained extensive skills and knowledge of clinical practice, communication with both patient and dental professionals and the management and leadership skills that are required to work and manage in a dental surgery. The dental nursing qualification also opens up opportunities for further studies such as in oral health, radiography, dental hygiene or dental therapy. All of these specialisms open up exciting career opportunities.

The School of Dental Nursing in West London (Acton) provides NEBDN Dental Nursing Diploma Level 3 courses in Dental Nursing. We have provided this qualification since 2006 and therefore have extensive experience in ensuring that our students receive the tuition and learning support that will enable them to achieve success. Our record of student achievement has been consistently above the national average and many of our students have gone on to enjoy a fulfilling career in the dental sector of health care.

So apply today to study our Dental Nursing Training course in West London with The School of Dental Nursing and gain a highly regarded qualification as an entry to a very worthwhile career within the dental profession. Please contact us for more details.

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