There are 3 intakes of new students to VEDC every academic year, which occur at the start of each trimester in September, January and April. Entrants must fulfil the following requirements:
1. Have completed a minimum of Grade 6;
2. Be aged between 14 and 23 years of age;
3. Be a UAE National.
New entrants will follow an induction programme for 2 weeks that will enable them to become familiar with the nature of study at VEDC. Following this a streaming process will take place to ensure that students are placed in appropriate teaching groups in the Foundation School. Operating a trimesterbased intake allows more personalised learning pathways that are matched to students’ skills, knowledge and understanding. Subsequently, graduation from VEDC takes place in three cohorts per academic year, with a single graduation ceremony held in the summer trimester.