Taught course

PGCE Primary Education (Dubai)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

To be considered by the University of Birmingham you will need to meet our general entry requirements.

All applicants must have:

  • A degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree of at least 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics
  • A minimum of a week’s work experience with children in a school or other recognised setting.

Find out more about international entry requirements

All shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be invited to an interview in either Dubai, Birmingham or by SKYPE.

Additional information:

As part of the admissions process you will need to provide the following information on your application form.

  • Name and address
  • Date of birth
  • Country of residence
  • A personal statement
  • Evidence of your qualifications
  • References

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should outline your previous academic achievements and experience of working with children. It should include details of any schools you are already working in or schools you are associated with. You should also include details of what you to gain from the course and how it will help you develop as a teacher (approximately 500 - 700 words).

Evidence of qualifications

You need to supply evidence or transcripts of your degree in the medium of English as specified by the entry requirements outlined on the course page. This will normally be a minimum of a 2.2 or equivalent.

You will also need to provide evidence that you achieved 6.5 (5.5 in each subject) in your IELTS test. For those without a first degree studied in the medium of English an IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

Evidence is required of a 2.2 plus for GCSEs in English and Maths or equivalent.


Two references will be required one academic and one professional. The references should provide supporting evidence in relation to the personal statement and suitability for the course. You will therefore need to approach your referees to ensure that you are able to provide current contact details.

Months of entry


Course content

Across the globe schools are seeking dynamic and highly qualified teachers to support pupils learning into the future.

We are delighted to announce that the School of Education will be offering the PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus, which will open this autumn. The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. In the 2017 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 25th in the World and joint 6th in Europe.

Staff within the School of Education have been working closely with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which is responsible for the growth and quality of education, on the development of this high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Primary level.

The programme is based on both the UK and UAE standards. School-based experiences are a central part of this programme which also features a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The high quality personalised support, ensures that the majority of our students exceed the teachers' standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).

The School of Education’s well established and renowned programmes in teacher education are due to commence in September 2018 at the Dubai campus. Applications for these courses will open in September 2017. This one year full-time teacher training programme will prepare you for entry into the teaching profession as a reflective and critically aware practitioner. It does this through a significant emphasis on research-led teacher education which will include key elements delivered by staff from the University of Birmingham in Dubai supported by senior teachers in schools.

The programme, which has been approved by KHDA, will support the Ministry of Education's aim of enhancing the status of teachers in the UAE and provide opportunities to share the School’s high quality provision internationally.

Download the flier for the Teacher Training courses in the University of Birmingham Dubai (PDF)

Further information

If you are a student or teacher and wish to receive further information and updates about this programme, please register your interest with Dr Christine Szwed, Strategic Director of Overseas Programmes (Dubai). Email dubai-education@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Christine Szwed