We teach students how to become good dentists
Welcome to the Summer School Family! The Dental Mentor Summer School is taught by our Chief Mentors (qualified dentists with years of admissions experience) and our Scholars (exceptional medical students from all over the UK). Our UCAS-focussed summer school is unlike any other because the programme extends far beyond the 5 day residential course. There is a huge amount of mentoring and support before and after the Summer School to help boost your confidence, knowledge and interview preparation.
What is the Get into Dentistry Summer School?
The Medic Mentor Summer Schools are the UK’s largest medical and dental-specific summer school programmes, with 900 students having attended this summer in 2022. It is a 5-day residential programme at the University of Stirling (in Scotland) and St Marys University. Over the past 6 years it has consistently had a success rate of getting over 80% of students into medical and dental school. In 2019, we achieved a 90% success rate amongst students. This is because we take steps to improve and add to the programme each year, and 2023 is no exception! Our 2022 cohort are doing very well and still in the process of receiving offers. Students also benefit from unlimited follow-up support throughout year 13/S6. In fact, our Mentors provide at least 100 teaching hours per student across the year, which makes this summer school, the most supportive programme available and incredible value for money too.
Dates and Locations
St Marys University Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham TW1 4SX
University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA
Accommodation and Safeguarding
Students will be given same-sex accommodation. Mentors will be onsite 24/7 and in addition there will be 2 Safeguarding Officers on site throughout the week. We take safety very seriously and you can review our Safguarding Policy here
For 2023 (for current year 12 and S5):
27th June – 1st July Scotland
8th – 12th August London
For 2024 (for current year 11 and S4):
For 2025 (for current year 10 and S3):
Over the past 6 years we have consistently had over 80% of Summer School students obtain at least 1 medical or dental school offer. The majority of attendees are multiple offer holders. This year’s class have smashed our record with a 90% success rate. Students from 2019 have written about their experiences here.
Medic Mentor have been successfully preparing students since 2016.
What if I don't get in?
How much does it cost?
Most Summer Schools cost in the region of £3500-£6000. These are summer schools that are either run by medical/dental schools themselves or private companies. Thier prices only cover the cost of attending the course itself, whereas the Medic Mentor Summer School also offers teaching and mentoring support throughout Year 13 and S6. The Medic Mentor Summer Schools cost £3,249, which is still a considerable investment, but not a lot for what students get for their money. This includes all of your food and accommodation for 5 days, 2 face-to-face mock interview days in Nov and December after the summer school, skype interview practice before and after each dental school interview, unlimited personal statement revisions, question banks for UCAT & BMAT and all of the Medic Mentor e-learning courses. The actual per hour teaching rate works out at around £5/hour from Dentist and dental students (once all admin and running costs have been removed). This is only acheived by some of our dentists working on a voluntary basis to help students.
There are also 0% interest no credit check options to spread the cost of the summer school for up to 2 years which makes it more accessible to the majority of applicants. You can register and secure your place now with a £250 deposit and even spread the cost for up to a year after the summer school.
Students from low-income backgrounds:
We will be offering 30 free summer school places for low-income students from 2023. Applications will open in November 2022.
To see all of our registration options and current availability, please click here and select the appropriate year. Please remember that the Summer School is only for students in year 12 or new S6s, but you can register 1 or 2 years in advance, if you wish to ensure that your place is secure.
Keertana Anne, attended the Summer School and is now a 3rd year medical student. In this live interview, the mentors discuss whether it is worth the cost:
Koby and Laura attended the summer school in 2019 and have each obtained 4 offers. Koby is a 1st year at Cambridge and Laura is a 1st year at Oxford. They discuss the importance of personal statements and the impact that summer school has had on the success of their applications.
UCAT & BMAT Preparation
The UCAT and BMAT are 2 completely different entrance exams. Students applying to dental school will only be required to sit the UCAT because all dental schools from 2024 entry onwards don’t require BMAT.
We provide 5 weeks of virtual UCAT teaching throughout the summer. All summer school students meet for 1 hour each day with our UCAT mentors (these are successful medical and dental students, who scored highly with us the previous year) and they go through difficult questions and provide tips. Meeting every day helps all of our students to stay motivated during their summer revision. This has proven to be a highly effective UCAT study group, with many students obtaining top scores.
We also record all of our sessions and provide UCAT e-learning courses prior to the summer school programme.
In addition to this, Summer School students are given access to UCAT question banks. We select the best question banks from a huge selection of banks each year. The central committee undertake a review in May, which includes feedback from previous summer school students. This ensures that students have the best resources and teaching to prepare them for the entrance exams.
Read our UCAT blog that has been written by 1st year medical student, Rebecca Glendell who attended the summer school in 2018, received 4 medical school offers and scored in the top 1% of the UCAT in the UK.
Find out what last year’s students thought about the interview preparation that they received:
Choosing Your Dental Schools
The Chief Mentors will conduct a UCAS consultation conference prior to the summer school. We invite parents to attend this too. Together, we will equip you with all of the information that you need to tactically make the best university choices and maximise your chances of obtaining offers.