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PGCE Secondary Science 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 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. The degree must have a significant Science content (likely to be at least 50%)
  • An A level or equivalent in Biology, Chemistry or Physics is preferred together with an additional A level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths. However the content of the degree will be taken into account.
  • 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.

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 Secondary Science 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 secondary 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.

Designed for those who want to teach pupils aged 11-18, the Secondary Science Education programme is a full time one year postgraduate course and includes study around teaching methods, school-based work and whole-school issues in a variety of settings. The course will focus largely on the teaching of general science in the 11-16 age range with additional experience in a science specialism in the post-16 teaching. It will develop skills and abilities in understanding the complexities which surround the teaching and learning of science; the subject knowledge and the pedagogy. We hope to develop you as a reflective teacher who considers carefully the choices in how to teach Science and makes informed decisions about how you work best with students. The programme is designed to meet recognised teacher standards in the UAE and UK and time is spent in placement schools to develop the necessary experience and skills.

Graduates progress to careers as secondary school teachers of Science and many of our former students hold promoted posts.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Sandy Wilkinson