A qualified Dentist and former student has returned to Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form to speak with Pre-Med students about a career in the dental profession.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has an enviable reputation for excellence in the sciences. With highly trained, experienced staff, many of whom are examiners and scientists in their own right; the College is well placed to teach the next generation of health professionals. The College is only one of four in the country to have been awarded STEM Assured status, which recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and it has developed and perfected its unique pre-professional programme (Pre-Med). This exciting and challenging extra-curricular course, offered in addition to a student’s regular studies, provides extra support and guidance for those who want to apply to highly competitive degree programmes such as medicine, veterinary sciences and dentistry.

Visiting the Pre-Med students recently, was local Dentist Tom Friar, who is a former student of the College. Tom completed his Dentistry degree at Manchester University and now works at Skipton Road Dental Practice in Colne.

Tom kindly agreed to visit the Pre-Med group to talk about his experience of studying Dentistry at university and he also gave an interesting and highly informative presentation about life as a dentist in a busy, modern practice. From this, the students were able to gain an insight into the challenges and rewards of the profession and heard about the importance of teamwork and communication skills.

Pre-Med student Andleeb Shah, who is interested in studying Dentistry at university on completion of her A Levels said, “Tom’s visit was very inspirational and provided me with a clear insight into life as a Dentist. I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to discover lots of information regarding Dentistry as a University choice and it has made me even more eager to apply for Dentistry.”