Medical and Dental Schools Councils series of Summer Schools 2022

Applications are handled directly by Peninsula Dental School.

The form requires completion from the young person, from the teacher and consent from the parent/guardian.

Please return the application form to Julie.monk@plymouth.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 May 2022.

As part of a Dental Schools Council initiative the University of Plymouth Peninsula Dental School is offering up to 35 young people the opportunity to take part in a residential summer school. The summer school is open to young people in Years 11 and 12 from schools and colleges across Devon, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset and Somerset who are interested in studying dentistry.

Funded by Health Education England, the programme is aimed at young people who are from under-represented backgrounds, and targets areas of England that have limited outreach engagement with medical or dental schools. For the first time there will be two dental summer schools running as part of this programme. Overall over 500 young people from England will be offered the chance to attend a summer school.

Peninsula Dental School, Residential Summer School

The University of Plymouth will focus on supporting the students’ journey into dental education, and 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.

Peninsula Dental School will welcome 35 Year 11 and 12 students from across Devon, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset and Somerset onto the main university campus with the aim of looking at the whole life cycle of a dental student, from the admissions and selection process to life beyond dental school, showing the range of careers within the oral healthcare profession.

The dates for the three-night, four-day programme are from Monday 11 July to Thursday 14 July 2022.

The Summer School is free to attend and travel, accommodation and catering costs will be covered by HEE Funding/Peninsula Dental School.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the programme the students must be currently studying at a state school from the South West region and either be:

  • In, or been in local authority care
  • An estranged student who is studying without the support and approval of a family network (estranged from both parents or guardians)
  • An asylum seeker or refugee

Or hold a minimum of two of the following:

  • Studying in a state school that achieved below the national average Attainment 8 score at GCSE. If this is not available for applicant's previous school information can be used where they had attended to the age of 16
  • Studying in a state school that achieved below or well below the national average Progress 8 score. If this is not available for applicant's previous school information can be used where they had attended to the age of 16
  • From a school with a high percentage of students (27.7% or more) receiving free school meals
  • Living in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education (POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2)
  • Are a young carer aged under 18
  • From a family where the parents do not have a university degree from the UK or abroad
  • In receipt of or eligible for free school meals or the 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support or Means Tested Benefit or Pupil Premium

Additional criteria

Students must have the potential to study dentistry and be capable of achieving the minimum grades required for entry (whether that is for standard entry programmes or programmes with a gateway year).

An interest in STEM subjects and be considering studying science in their post-16 studies and medicine post-18.

For students that studied outside the UK, and took their GCSEs/equivalent overseas they would still need to meet two of the eligibility criteria (school criteria would be excluded).

For students attending colleges and sixth forms where there is no FSM data, we will accept their previous school (in which they took their GCSEs).

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 May 2022.

<p>Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry holding the Dental Summer Mix. A group of 14-19 year olds who are taking part in the Dental Summer Mix because they want to know more about becoming a dentist.<br></p>