University of dundee foundation year

University of dundee foundation year

Foundation Year in Life Sciences for Dentistry and English Language CertHE

Progress onto the Dundee dentistry course by boosting your English language and academic qualifications with our one-year foundation course.


    If you are an international applicant, whose first language is not English, and you have a demonstrable interest in studying Dentistry at Dundee Dental School, this Foundation Course may be just for you.

The course aims to help you achieve the standards required for progression onto the Dundee BDS degree programme. While the academic focus is on English language skills and life sciences, the course also includes several exciting and inspiring specialist dental modules that will hopefully give you a taste of things to come.


Our Dental School repeatedly scores very highly for student satisfaction.

“Our vibrant and technologically advanced environment prepares graduates for careers as professional clinicians and researchers – and encourages those with aptitude to follow an academic pathway”

Professor Mark Hector, Dean of Dentistry

The School is internationally renowned for its work on oral cancer. It is also at the forefront in developing and promoting techniques to tackle one of the world’s most common childhood diseases: dental caries, or tooth decay.

University of dundee foundation year

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.


A high standard (varies according to nationality) in National School Examinations/Certificates (including English language and science subjects appropriate to Dentistry)

A minimum (secure) IELTS score (normally 6.0 in all subsets)

A good UKCAT score is required for progression onto the BDS course (preferably achieved prior to application/entry to the Foundation Course).

Note: For those students who are accepted onto the course prior to taking the UKCAT, it must be taken, and a high score achieved, by the October deadline of the year of entry to the Foundation Course

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall6.0

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.