Peninsula Dental School at the University of Plymouth has been named one of two hosts for the UK’s first residential programme based around dentistry.
The Medical Schools Council Summer School is funded by Health Education England, with the aim to widen participation and access to dentistry and to see a greater diversity in the dental profession – particularly targeting students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The programme will welcome 35 Year 11 and 12 students onto campus and focus on supporting the students’ journey into dental education, from the admissions and selection process to life beyond dental school, showing the range of careers within the oral healthcare profession.
By detailing the specifics of dental school, including study skills and revision workshops and even going through a mock entrance interview, the University hopes to break down barriers; ensuring that the least likely but most able of students who might not otherwise have considered, or felt able to access, a dental career understand how they can enter the profession.
The four-day, three-night summer school also includes supervised trips around the locality, including beaches, landmarks and attractions such as The Box.
Students for the programme will be recruited from schools across the South West, particularly from schools with a high percentage of students receiving free school meals or studying at a state school that achieved below the national average at GCSE.