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
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 Bachelor’s degree at a minimum of a 2.2 or equivalent.
You will also need to provide evidence that you achieved 6.5 (6.0 in each subject) in your IELTS test if your bachelors degree is not in the medium of English.
Evidence is required of a grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent High School certificate) in a Science, Mathematics and English.
Two references will be required one academic and one professional. Your professional reference should preferably be someone who can comment on your suitability for working with children. The references should provide supporting evidence in relation to the personal statement and your suitability for the course. Both references must include a statement which confirms your suitability to work with children in the Primary Phase. You will need to approach your referees to ensure that you are able to provide current contact details.
Following a review of the above, successful applicants will be shortlisted for a panel interview to assess your suitability to the programme. It is therefore imperative that you include all necessary documents prior to submission. If successful at interview a conditional offer will be granted.
There are a number of conditions attached to your offer of a place to study an ITE programme. All applicants are required to meet Safeguarding and other suitability conditions, set out below.
Conditions of your offer
Fitness to Teach Health Assessment
All Dubai ITE applicants are required to complete an online Fitness to Teach Health Assessment form which is deemed satisfactory by a University nominated Occupational Health team. Should you decide to accept your offer with us you will be sent further details by email on how to complete this.
Declaration of Suitability for Teaching
All Dubai ITE applicants are required to complete a Suitability Declaration so that their suitability to teach can be assessed by the University. Please ensure that you complete and submit the suitability declaration form as soon as possible and well in advance of the programme start date. Complete the suitability for teaching form
International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) check and Dubai Police Check
All Dubai ITE applicants are required to have a satisfactory completed ICPC and Dubai Police check within 1 month of programme commencing. Students are reminded to factor in the additional costs of these checks.
Prohibition Order Check
All ITE applicants are required to have a Prohibition Order check. Applicants are not required to take any action as the University will carry out the checks via the Teaching Regulations Agency’s Teacher Services.
If your offer is conditional upon providing evidence of academic achievement, you will need to make sure that you use an acceptable means of verifying your qualifications. You should upload your certificates/transcripts via your University of Birmingham applicant portal. Read our guidance on verification of documents
Fitness to Practise
All ITE programmes are subject to the University’s fitness to practise regulations. You will be expected to sign a programme specific code of conduct when you register upon your course. Read the Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise
Photographic ID check
All ITE applicants are required to provide a form of photographic identification, such as a passport or driving license. Please upload a scanned copy of your photographic ID via your University of Birmingham applicant portal and also share a copy of this ID at interview.
Term Dates and Holidays
Term dates will be in line with the University of Birmingham Dubai timetable.
PGCE Primary iQTS is due to commence on 25th September 2023 with a June 2024 completion date.
Holidays may not be taken during term time. Please note that school half terms are not holiday weeks. It is also not advisable to book holidays very close to the end to the end of the academic year.
Disability can mean different things for different people. It may include you, even if you don’t consider yourself to be disabled.
If you have study support needs related to a physical or health condition; dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties; mental health difficulties; autism; or Asperger’s Syndrome we are here to help you. If you would like to find out more about what we offer, please see our University of Birmingham Dubai wellbeing support