As the medium of instruction at ODC is English, the Predental foundation year is designed to provide school leavers with a strong foundation in preparation for the academic component of the BDS programme. Consequently for those who require this, up to 750 contact hours are allocated towards teaching and learning in English Language skills, particularly in the key areas of comprehension, speaking and writing by experienced English teachers. In addition students also learn applied Information and Communications Technology, Mathematics and Learning Skills.

Advance Standing: Applicants with international secondary school leaving qualifications who have studied in English (see Admissions and Entry requirements) and those who can provide evidence of English Language skills such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 may be considered for exemption from the predental foundation year.

Transferring Students: Occasionally students with advance standing from other institutions may be considered eligible for transfer to ODC, subject to challenging and passing the relevant ODC professional examinations. Please contact the Student Affairs Registry for fees, eligibility and further information.