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Book now and take advantage of our 15% early-bird discount using the code SUMMER15A. Offer ends midnight December 31st.

Registration for our 2024 Summer Experiences has now opened! Book now to secure your place.

The Young Dentist Summer Experience

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Dentist Summer Experience


Book now and take advantage of our 15% early-bird discount using the code SUMMER15A. Offer ends midnight December 31st.

Join us for the ultimate work experience in dentistry in London this summer, for students aged 15-18.

Over the course of two weeks, students will get to step into the shoes of a dentist working in London, through a range of immersive career simulations and exclusive professional site visits. Drill teeth and take impressions on phantom heads, learn with top dentists in a dental clinic and take patient histories from real patients.

This unparalleled opportunity will help young people build key skills in the field, develop a network of professional connections, and improve their confidence in pursuing their dream career. Students will also get first-hand experience of life on-campus at a prestigious university, University College London.

Register today for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful dentist, or contact us to find out more. Alternatively, explore our Young Dentist Weekend Programme.


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Immersive Dental Experiences:
  • Experience the daily routine of real dentists in a dental clinic and a dental hospital
  • Drill, suture and take impressions on phantom heads under the guidance of experienced dentists
  • Become the consultant as you take patient histories from real patients
  • Delve into specialisms such as orthodontics, surgery and dental public health
  • Explore exciting interdisciplinary fields such as dentistry in business, clinical trials and more and gain a comprehensive insight into the field
  • Attend a private networking event with dentists and dental students 
Meet Senior Dentists:
  • Be coached through immersive experiences with dentists who specialise in orthodontics, surgery & maxillofacial surgery, public health and more.
  • Private networking sessions with these dentists who can become vital connections for your future careers
Dental School Admission Coaching:
  • Comprehensive coaching on how to get into a top dental school
  • Master the admissions process: personal statements, interviews, assessments and more
Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:
  • Attending the Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications.
  • Personalised industry reference letter from dentists confirming what you have achieved on the programme
World-Class Universities And World-Class People:
  • Experience one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for this unique dental work experience, creating an invaluable global network.
Design Your Own Summer Experience:

⦁    Choose from one of the following options:

1.    First Week Only (taster experience); or
2.    Two-Week Experience (the full programme); or
3.    Two-Week Premium Experience (the ultimate package with both weeks plus enhanced benefits)

You can choose either residential or non-residential. The accommodation is at UCL student halls in central London. We provide residential students with meals, guardianship and fun activities on evenings and weekends. Airport transfers are also available at checkout.

Immersive Experiences Week 1

The World of a Dentist

  • Carve a tooth: develop the essential dexterity skills needed to succeed
  • Patient consultations: learn the basic skills needed to conduct a consultation and support your patient’s oral care
  • Solve complex case conundrums and decide the best procedures for real-life patient case studies

Enter the Dental Practice

  • Spend the day at a London dental practice
  • Learn the most common procedures, the equipment used and the skills needed
  • Witness live demonstrations of oral hygiene and dental photography
  • Conduct patient x-rays and discuss treatment plans
  • Find out how dentists identify the cause of dental problems
  • Undertake dental training-style challenges: review ethical case studies, analyse mock patient consultations, demonstrate empathy when breaking bad news and more
  • Develop your practical skills and learn how to cast impressions

Enter the Dental Hospital

  • Visit a top university teaching hospital in London
  • Enter the prosthetics laboratory and learn how to cast impressions
  • Develop your dexterity skills using phantom heads: drill into teeth with decay and prep your patient for a filling
  • Learn about dental trauma: review a patient’s data and identify dental injury
  • Perform the right tests and initiate treatment to save a tooth
  • Become a dental surgeon: stitch and suture wounds
  • Recommend follow-up examinations and treatments
  • Use VR to have your own chance to diagnose and treat a patient

Excelling in Your Dental School Application

  • Build an outstanding dental school application
  • Creating a ‘winning’ personal statement
  • Practise your answers to challenging questions with live feedback
  • Take part in your own simulated MMI, with real stations in manual dexterity
  • Excelling at interviews: receive coaching by dentists who run medical school interviews

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The start date is the 29th July.  You can choose to attend for either ‘First Week Only’, ‘Two Weeks’ or our ‘Two Week Premium’ package. You can also choose residential or non-residential. Pricing and details are set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. You can either pay in full now or reserve your place with a £950 non-refundable deposit.

London 1 week London 2-weeks London Premium
Length First week only 2-weeks full programme 2-weeks Premium
Shadow dentists in a dental practice and visit a leading dental hospital. Drill, suture and take impressions on phantom heads. Carve a tooth and develop essential dexterity skills. Dental school application advice.
Meet real patients, hold consultations and recommend treatment plans. Explore the different specialities within dentistry and discover cutting-edge dental technology. Learn how to build your own dental practice.
Private networking session with senior dentists
Industry reference letter: personalised letter from dentists confirming what you’ve achieved on the programme
Graduation ceremony for completion of the full programme
Professional development portfolio: CV-writing masterclass, LinkedIn workshop, professional headshots, personality profiling & psychometric testing
Leadership, teamwork & strategy coaching & team challenge
Gala dinner with professionals on the River Thames
Keynote speeches & networking reception with accomplished industry leaders
Summer Experience fee £1950 £2950 £3950
Optional fee for accommodation with meals, guardianship and evening & weekend activities included Available for an additional
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Optional fee for London airport transfers (return) Available for an additional
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Choose a location below:

In Person

Available dates:

  • 29th July 2024


  • The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation location:

Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions you'll be able to find our full FAQ list here and you are also welcome to reach out to us at and we'll be happy to help!

When is the deadline for registering for an experience?
Places on our programmes are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis so we will close registration as soon as we reach capacity, because of this we would always recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the opportunity to attend.
Do I get a certificate?
Upon completion of the programme you will receive a bespoke certificate to include in all of your future applications. This will help you stand out from the crowd and show your passion for your chosen career. Letters of attendance are also available upon request at
Who are your safeguarding team?
On each Summer Experience, we have safeguarding team members on-site 24/7 to promote the safeguarding and pastoral welfare of our students. Our team are security-vetted (enhanced DBS-checked) professionals who work in education full time and our team is made up of Academic Professionals / LSA, Safeguarding Officers, Nursing Professionals, and Mental Health Practitioners. Students will therefore always be able to easily contact a guardian, should they need any support.
What is included in the accommodation package?
You can choose to add our accommodation package to your booking where you will be allocated to the University of London's Garden Halls, College Hall, or International Hall. Here, you will enjoy your own private room, 3 meals a day, and 24/7 guardianship. There are also lots of communal areas such as a games room and cinema room where you will be able to socialise with other students. Our safeguarding team will also put on evening activities such as trivia night, games night, and sports evenings. You will be able to arrive at the accommodation the day before the programme starts and checkout will be the day after the programme comes to an end.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, payment plans are available. Click on 'Register Now', and you will see the option to either pay in full or reserve your place with a £950 non-refundable deposit. Once your deposit is paid, you will receive another email detailing the information for your second instalment. Please feel free to contact if you would like any further assistance.
Will there be any opportunities for rest days?
Programme hours take place Monday-Friday, with a break over the weekend. If you select the 2-Week Premium option, the weekend will feature exclusive professional development opportunities outlined in the timetable.
What does dental work experience involve?
Dental work experience can involve activities such as: - Working alongside top dentists in a clinic - Observing a dentist undertake procedures like fillings, root canal treatments and crown fittings - Drilling teeth and taking impressions on phantom heads - Taking patient histories from real patients
What work experience do you need for dental school?
As a minimum, students looking to get into dental school should try to spend at least: - One week in a dental practice (ideally NHS) - One week either in a hospital, shadowing a specialist, or in a private dental practice Dental schools are more interested in what you gain from your experience, so there's no straightforward answer as to exactly what experience you'll need. However, schools are highly competitive, so get as much experience as you can to support your application. Attending an InvestIN experience will also enable you to visit various dental practices and try out tasks typical of a dentist working in the field, which you can refer to in your personal statements and interviews.
Why is work experience important for getting into dental school?
Work experience increases students' understanding of dental careers, giving them a realistic awareness of day-to-day work and practical experience performing key tasks.
Can you be a dentist without a degree?
All dentists must complete 5 years of training for a degree at university. The degree consists of academic lectures and seminars, alongside learning practical skills that you'll use in your future career.
Why is getting into dental school so competitive?
There are fewer dental schools than medical schools, and far more students wanting to study at a dental school than there are places. On average, there are around 15 applications for each place in an undergraduate dental school.
What do dental schools look for?
Dental schools will often look at an applicant's: - Communication skills: Applicants who can give clear and logical answers in interviews will impress interviewers more than those whose answers are rehearsed - Attitude: Aspiring dentists should exhibit traits and values fitting for the profession, such as integrity and diligence - Motivation: Applicants should explain their motivations for wanting to become a dentist, such as the experiences that influenced them - Understanding of a career in dentistry: Applicants should have a good understanding of what a career in dentistry will be like - Industry knowledge: Knowledge of current industry news and an awareness of scientific issues will strengthen an application



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