Entry requirements

To apply for the PGCE Primary with iQTS (5-11) programme you must submit evidence of:

  • a bachelor’s degree at grade 2.2, or equivalent*
  • achieving a standard equivalent to grade 4/C in GCSE Mathematics
  • achieving a standard equivalent to grade 4/C in a GCSE Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) subject
  • demonstrate proficiency in the English language (you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or to have completed your education in English). Please note the University of Birmingham only accepts the IELTS exam.
  • deemed suitable to train to teach in England and in the country in which you will train to teach (passing a range of relevant background and safeguarding checks).
  • Two references (from previous employers and/or your University if you have only recently graduated) confirming your suitability to train to teach and work with children.
Please note all original copies of all documents must provided and checked prior to programme start.
*We accept Equivalency tests from A Star Equivalency and Equivalency Testing (please email uobdsoeadmissions@bham.ac.uk with your application number for a discounted rate).
All shortlisted candidates who meet the criteria will be invited to an interview and assessment day.
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 (You must be resident in the UAE for the programme duration)
  • A personal statement
  • Evidence of your qualifications as above
  • References

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Birmingham Dubai has been appointed by the DfE as an accredited provider for the iQTS Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme.

This programme has been accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
Designed for those who are new to education and want to teach pupils aged 5-11, our full time Primary PGCE with iQTS is the only in-person ITT (Initial Teacher Training) programme in the UAE in line with UK Teacher Standards, incorporating two teaching experience placements across our established partner schools.
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. The University of Birmingham Dubai Education staff have been working closely with the UK Department of Education on the development of this high-quality, teacher training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education (PGCE) with iQTS.
The one year full-time PGCE with iQTS 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 supporting classroom 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

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band).

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band

TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

Pearson Test of English (PTE) including online: PTE Academic 67 with no less than 64 in all four skills

Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dubai Contacts
+971 (0)55 182 8937