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PGCE Primary Education (Dubai)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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.
  • Proof of sufficient English and Mathematics from your high school leavers certificate (This should be the equivalent of a C grade at GCSE level, please allow us to help you clarify your equivalent grade).

Months of entry


Course content

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

Designed for those who want to teach pupils aged 5-11, our teacher training programme in primary education is based on both the UK and UAE standards.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teacher training and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. Its staff 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, teacher training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education.

The one year full-time PGCE in Primary Education will prepare you for entry into the teaching profession as a reflective and critically aware practitioner through a significant emphasis on research-led teacher education. The programme will include key elements delivered by staff from the University of Birmingham in Dubai supported by senior teachers in schools. It is designed to help you plan, teach and develop your classroom skills within the primary age range. Time within our teacher training programme will be spent developing necessary subject knowledge in English, Mathematics and Science alongside consideration of whole school issues such as Managing Behaviour.

School-based experiences are a central part of the primary education teacher training programme which also features a range of professional courses to help you plan, teach, and develop your classroom skills. The high quality personalised support will ensure that the majority of students exceed the teachers' standards at an outstanding level (Ofsted report 2013).

Information for international students

You will need to provide evidence that you achieved 6.5 (6.0 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
AED 57,428
International students
AED 57,428

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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