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Year 7 entry

Admissions Lower School

Please note that applications for entry during the current academic year 2022-2023 are now closed.  Applications for entry in August 2023 are now closed and we are unable to accept late applications.

Please read this page, along with the Year 7 Key Dates and Year 7 Frequently Asked Questions web pages for more information. 

Dubai College begins at Year 7 with 176 places available.

Dubai College is a selective entry school. All applicants for Year 7 are invited to sit our entrance assessment which takes place each November.

While our students do have a long track record of excelling academically, we also admit students who show interest and ability in sports and the creative arts as well as academic endeavour. As a school we aim to educate students who are socially articulate and well-rounded as well as academic and we welcome applications from students who will thrive in a demanding secondary school environment.

The majority of our new Year 7 students come to us from primary schools in Dubai but we also have joiners every year from other Emirates and overseas.  Typically students from around 35 different primary schools join us in Year 7.  Most of our Year 7 students have previously attended UK curriculum primary schools but we welcome applications from students at any primary school.  If you require advice on the equivalent school grades in a different curriculum, please contact the Registrar via the enquiry form on this page.  

Year 7 is the main entry point to Dubai College and we strongly recommend that families already in Dubai apply for Year 7 rather than postponing applying until a later year group (for example to coincide with a younger sibling's application to Year 7).

Age of entry

All applicants should be in the school year group which corresponds to their age unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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

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

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