Access and Participation: supporting your journey into healthcare professions

Supporting your journey into medicine, dentistry and biomedical science

The University of Plymouth Faculty of Health has a regional and national reputation for its widening participation work, and as part of our commitment to widening participation to medicine, dentistry and health courses, we undertake a series of initiatives in order to raise aspirations and healthcare.

Our main aim is to help target and support the least likely but most able students, regardless of their background. From an access perspective, the student life cycle now commences much earlier and our programme starts at primary school age to help children think about a career in healthcare and what this means.

Peninsula Pathways outreach schemes and activities

Peninsula Pathways provides an excellent opportunity to aspiring medical, dental and biomedical students to develop their skills and knowledge in order to make an informed decision about their future career and enhance their university application.

We facilitate a wide range of workshops, activities and events for the youngest primary school students, right up secondary school students who are considering university application.  

  • eMentoring
  • work experience programmes
  • interactive student-led workshops
  • visits to local schools and colleges
  • mock MMI 
  • interview preparation
  • UCAT practice
  • Children’s University workshops.

Hamzah, a medical student at the University of Plymouth, discusses the hurdles he had to overcome to study medicine.

"If you are truly dedicated to studying medicine, failing to get in a few times and not being fazed by it is a reflection of how strongly you want it."

Find out more about Hamzah's story

Entering her final year of medicine at the University of Plymouth, Chloe reflects on how she pursued her ambition to become a doctor.

"Being accepted at Plymouth was one of the most amazing and proud moments of my life."

Find out more about Chloe's story

Sneha, a third-year Dental Surgery student, took an unconventional route to study dentistry at University of Plymouth's Peninsula Dental School.

"I am so fortunate to be a part of the Peninsula Dental School, as early clinical exposure has made me more confident in treating patients."
Find out more about Sneha's story