Dubai College

Regarded as one of the best schools in Dubai, and amongst the top recognised British curriculum schools in the world, Dubai College has consistently produced strong academic results, with students scoring exceptionally well in both GCSE and GCE Advanced Level examinations.

Dubai College offers the Curriculum for England and Wales for 11 to 16 year olds with a sixth form for 16 to 18 year olds. Since 1978 when it was first established, the school has gained a reputation for being one of the most pedigreed institutions in the city with a proven track record of excellent academic results. School leavers typically go on to some of the top universities in the UK such as Oxford, Cambridge and LSE, as well as renowned universities in the USA like Princeton, Columbia and Cornell.

Dubai College has, in the last thirty years, built up a tradition of excellence and can rightly claim to be amongst the very best UK curriculum schools within an international setting.

In 2009, Dubai College students received a 100% pass rate in the British Curriculum Advanced (GCE) level examinations. 99 candidates sat for 300 subject examinations with 70% achieving an A grade pass, in comparison to the UK average of 26.7%. 90% of students from Dubai College in 2009 gained admission to their first choice university, which included Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, and Cornell.


The school is located on Al Sufouh Road, Dubai. The schools is spread across one of the most beautiful traditional campuses in Dubai. Set in nineteen acres of spacious, landscaped grounds, the College offers state of the art facilities in keeping with contemporary Dubai.

Who runs the school?

The school is administered by a board of Governors who decide all matters of policy relating to the school which are then implemented by the Headmaster and Bursar.

Is this a non-profit school?

Yes. This usually means that every dirham or dollar that’s earned by the school goes towards the running of the school, and no funds are taken out as profits by a management company or a group. Historically, non-profit schools in Dubai have earned a very good reputation for re-investing in the schools.

What facilities does it offer?

A science block with 13 laboratories, three design and technology suites, five computer suites, four art studios, a canteen and music centre with teaching and recital areas, 12 practice rooms and a recording studio.  There are also three drama studios, a library, a dedicated Sixth Form centre and a state-of –the art 900 seat auditorium.  In addition, there is also a school library which offers audio and video resources and internet. Grassed playing fields offer a variety of options for sports including cricket, tennis, a competition sized swimming pool and a multi-purpose hall.

What is the school’s philosophy?

Dubai College says that it places emphasis on creating opportunities for its students. The school’s approach aims to develop as fully as possible each pupil’s knowledge, understanding and skills. Students are expected to play a part in their own progress and development so that they can become independent learners with high levels of academic achievement. Class sizes do not exceed 20, and are frequently smaller according to the school website, and this leads to good working relationships between the teacher and student, supporting personal assessment that  ‘identifies achievement and sets the direction for future work’.

Curriculum & Academics

An Overview of the Curriculum

The College has a long and strong academic tradition, drawing upon the best elements of the English National Curriculum, combined with the depth and range of subjects that are appropriate to a selective school.

Attention to the individual student and to his or her educational development is paramount though all Years of the curriculum: individual needs are always taken into account and success is achieved through outstanding learning and teaching, and systematic tracking of progress by the students’ form teacher and the setting of appropriate targets. The school’s expectations are that pupils will play a full part in their own progress and development.

The aim of the DC curriculum is to develop as fully as possible the understanding, knowledge and skills of each student so that when they leave Dubai College, they are in a position to meet the challenges that they will face in a rapidly globalising and competitive world. It is also the intention that students achieve a place at a highly selective Russell Group university in the UK or a leading university worldwide.

Parents will receive regular reports in various formats at appropriate times in the school year and will have the opportunity to meet with their sons and daughters’ teachers. The school actively encourages all students to attend Consultation Evenings, dates of which are on the school calendar, which can be found on the school’s home page.

The Lower School: Years 7-9

All students study the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
• Science
• Arabic
• Islamic Studies (for Muslim students)
• French or Spanish
• Geography
• History
• Music
• Physical Education
• Art, Design and Technology and Drama

In addition, all students will undertake Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

The Middle School: Years 10-11

In the Middle School, all current students will take 9 GCSEs.

The core GCSE Curriculum is made up of the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
• English Literature
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics

To encourage a balanced curriculum, students choose 4 optional subjects, which must include:

  • Arabic, French, German or Spanish;
  • Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History or Information and Communication Technology;
• Art, Design and Technology, Drama, Music or Physical Education

In addition, all students will undertake Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Games. Islamic Studies is compulsory for Muslim students.

The Sixth Form: Years 12-13

The vast majority of students in the school continue their studies into the Sixth Form, provided that they meet the entry requirements of achieving a minimum of 5 B grades at GCSE.

All students in Year 12 study for 4 AS Levels and progression to Year 13 to full A Level is dependent upon students achieving their target grades in these examinations. Most students drop one of their subjects on entry to Year 13.

The subjects offered at A Level are: Arabic, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, English Literature, Economics, the Extended Project (AS only), French, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics and Spanish.

In addition, students in the Sixth Form participate in a PSHE and Enrichment programme to prepare them for the challenges of life after Dubai College.

Admissions requirements

Admission to the school is competitive, with limited seats available and is based on a combination of the results of the school’s own entrance test as well as on school reports. Entrance assessments are held for admission to year 7, 8, 9 and 10.  The entrance assessment is held at Dubai College, usually in January. If the applicant is an overseas student, the assessment papers are sent to the current school to administer on behalf of Dubai College.

Age of entry

For entry into Year 7, the applicant should have reached the age of eleven years and should have completed Year 6 by 1st September.

Applicants younger than this, who have their eleventh birthday before the end of the calendar year, will, in exceptional circumstances, be considered.  Applications from pupils younger than this will not be accepted.

For entry into Years 8, 9 and 10 the same conditions apply to the appropriate age group.

Application Requirements

Year 7

1)A completed application form together with 1 passport size photograph, copy passport, copy birth certificate and the application registration fee of Dhs. 500 (non-refundable).   A courier fee is required for overseas candidates.  Please contact the Registrar for further details.

2)The candidate’s end of Year 5 school report.

Years 8 to 10

The initial requirements are a completed application form together with a copy of the most recent full school report.  If and when places become available in these Years, the applications will be considered and a number of candidates will be invited to sit our entrance assessments.  A non-redundable registration fee of Dhs 500 will be charged for candidates who are invited for entrance assessment.

Year 12

The initial requirements are a completed application form together with a reference from the current school, that should include predicted GCSE grades.  If and when places become available, a number of applicants will be invited to an interview with the head of Sixth Form.  A non-redundable registration fee of Dhs 500 will be charged for candidates who are invited for interview.

General entry requirements are a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at Grade B or above including English and Maths and at least Grade B in chosen A level subjects (exception Maths where an A Grade is required).


Dhs20,106 per term payable in advance.  Sixth Form students have an additional supplemental fee of Dhs 2,661 per term with the total adding to Dhs22,768 per term.  A Dhs1000 fee is held as a deposit against loss of or damage to school property. This is normally refunded when the pupil leaves the school.

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