Access course vs Foundation for Dental HygieneWatch
A foundation year is part of the Uni course that you'll be completing so the students who is doing the course with the right entry requirements and grades will do the course only and you'll just do an extra year at the university before you start the course to help prepare you and teach you the basics. Foundation year is great as you will be in the university so you don't have to worry about having to apply the next year. For example a normal dentistry course is 5 years but with a foundation year at the beginning it is 6 years.
Most people who do an access course is because they don't have the right grades or qualifications however most foundation courses are either weren't the AAA or might go one grade lower. In your case as you want to do dental hygiene i would think that a foundation course would be better as you'll be able to easily move into your first year after completing year 0( the foundation year) and you'll be more sure than completing an access course and finding out that the Uni that you want to go to doesn't accept it and especially if you want to go straight to Uni to finish he course faster than doing a course and then applying top uni.
At the end of the day it is your choice which matters and you pick whatever you want to as long as you do your research your fine. Have you looked in any universities ? What year of entry are you going for as i am in year 12 and i am hopefully going to study dentistry so ill be year 2022!