Admissions

Availability of places

The main entry point is Year 7 and for entry in September 2019 there will be 160 places available. Occasional vacancies may arise for entry to Years 8, 9 and 10; these tend to be very limited. We typically have 15-20 places available each year to join Year 12.

Due to the nature of the GCSE and A Level courses, we regret that we are not able to accept applications to join us in Years 11 and 13.

Mid-year admissions for 2017-18

At this time we do not have any places available to join the school in Term 3 (April) 2018. Please note that only students who would be joining the school directly from a school outside Dubai are eligible to apply to join the school in Term 3.

Admissions for September 2018 (update April 2018)

Following our main admissions round for entry to the school in September 2018, all year groups are currently full for the coming academic year.

Please contact the Registrar if you wish to enquire about late availability of places or an application for a future round of admissions.

Applications for September 2019

Applications to join the school in September 2019 will open in September 2018.

This is an early opportunity for prospective Year 7 students, currently in Year 5, to visit us for a tour of Dubai College during the week commencing 6th May.

Our senior prefects will take you and your sons or daughters on a guided tour of the College to give you a flavour of life at the school. Booking is essential.

Please note there will be further opportunities to visit Dubai College during our Open Week and Meet the Headmaster events in the autumn when you will also have access to our new Teaching and Learning Centre.

Please scroll down this page for more information about our School Fees, Admissions Procedure, Admissions Policy and Frequently Asked Questions.

Information

School Fees

School Fees 2017-18

Dubai College operates as an independent, non profit making Secondary School run on British principles under an Emiri Decree granted by His Highness the Ruler of Dubai, as published in the Official Gazette 18 of 1982.

Tuition Fee:

Years 7-11: AED 26,936 per term payable in advance.

Years 12-13: AED 30,501 per term payable in advance.

There are three terms in a year.

These are:

Autumn: Sept-Dec Spring: Jan-Mar Summer: Apr-Jul

1. Fees are payable promptly on the due date which will be detailed on the invoice.

2. The Governors reserve the right to refuse admission to any student in the event that fees are not paid.

3. A full term’s notice in writing is required before a student is withdrawn from the school; where such prior notice is not tendered, one term’s fee will be charged in lieu.

A Personal Debenture is required for all new students joining the school to the value of AED 25,000, which will be returned less any outstanding sums owing when the student leaves.

AED 200 for each School Medical, as required by the Dubai Health Authority.

Optional Extras:

Transport: AED 2,100 per term (if required)

Private Music: AED 2,310 per term (if required)

This fee will be for a minimum of 400 minutes of private teaching in ten 40 minute lessons per term. The fee is payable in advance with the tuition and transport charges.

A term’s notice in writing is required if a student is withdrawn from the transport or music lessons; where such notice is not given, one term’s charges will still be due.

Admissions Procedure

Admissions Procedure

Admission to the school is by entrance assessment for Year 7, 8, 9 and 10. The entrance assessment for Year 7 will be held in November 2017 for entry in September 2018. For applicants from schools in the Emirates, the entrance assessment will take place at Dubai College.

For overseas applicants, assessment papers will be sent to their present school, who will administer them on our behalf and return them to us.

The receipt of an application by the College containing the name, address and e-mail of the current school is taken as parental approval for the dispatch of assessment papers.

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 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 students 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 on-line application including all required identification document copies: UAE Residency visa*, Emirates ID*, passport, birth certificate, passport photograph; plus the application registration fee of AED 525 (non-refundable) and assessment fee of AED 525 (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 requirement is a completed on-line application including a copy of the most recent full school report. Should places become available we will shortlist and invite a small number of candidates for assessment. The application registration fee of AED 525 (non-refundable) and assessment fee of AED 525 (non-refundable) are payable on acceptance of our invitation to assessment.

*Not required at time of application for overseas candidates.

Year 12

The initial requirements are a completed on-line application including the four preferred A Level subjects. We will contact the applicant’s current school directly to request a reference including predicted GCSE grades. Short-listed applicants will be invited to assessment and to an interview with the Head of Sixth Form. The application registration fee of AED 525 (non-refundable) and assessment fee of AED 525 (non-refundable) are payable on acceptance of our invitation to assessment and interview.

External applicants to the Sixth Form will be expected to show significant academic success at GCSE or its equivalent:

  • A minimum of 6 A (7) grades would be expected including English and Mathematics. It would be assumed that a number of these grades would be at A* (8) level, and
  • A or A* (7/8/9) grades would be expected in those subjects to be studied at A Level.

We would especially welcome applicants who are able to offer a range of additional skills above and beyond academic success (for example strong and sustained talent in one or more of the creative, sporting and philanthropic arenas). All students must be fluent in written and spoken English. We will ask for references and our Head of Sixth Form will invite potential candidates to an interview

Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Dubai College is selective entry school which embraces being inclusive. We cater to all nationalities and religions; this is reflected in the values and culture of the whole school community so that learners feel welcome, accepted, safe and valued whatever their background. On entry to the school, we also effectively identify students who have special educational needs and disabilities as well as those who are gifted and talented. Where needed, we modify our curriculum accordingly and measure the impact of any intervention and specific support mechanisms through the use of feedback from monitoring and assessment processes.

Entry for Years 7 to 10

1. Dubai College is a British curriculum school catering for academically able students from all communities and staffed predominantly by British trained and experienced teachers. The language of instruction is English therefore all students must be fluent in written and spoken English.

2. As we are a highly academic school we operate a selective entry policy whereby all prospective students for Year 7 (and selected students for Year 8-10 if places are available) are asked to sit an assessment in English and Mathematics plus a cognitive ability test. Only students who have shown good levels of ability in all 3 aspects of the assessment will be admitted to the school.

3. We ask for previous reports from primary or other schools to help inform our selection process and will look favourably upon students who, in addition to being academically able, excel in the Creative Arts and Sports.

4. It is important to note that we look for potential in all prospective students and consider their suitability to the ethos of our school and its student body. Therefore, we take into consideration students with an exemplary approach to learning including effort, behaviour and participation. We also look for involvement in a range of activities including community service and student leadership.

5. We actively welcome applications from students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who would be able to cope with the academic rigour of the whole curriculum. SEND students, whose academic profile fits with the selective entrance criteria, will be supported fully if successful. Full access arrangements are facilitated at the entrance examination stage that are already in place for any student within their Primary Schools.

6. All students are required to have a valid UAE ID Card in order to attend school and the KHDA Parent School Contract must be signed.

7. We do not have a sibling policy.

Entry to the Sixth Form

External applicants to the Sixth Form will be expected to show significant academic success at GCSE or its equivalent:

  • A minimum of 6 A/A* (7/8/9) grades would be expected including English and Mathematics.
  • A or A* (7/8/9) grades would be expected in those subjects to be studied at A Level.
  • We would especially welcome applicants who are able to offer a range of additional skills above and beyond academic success (for example strong and sustained talent in one or more of the creative, sporting and philanthropic arenas). All students must be fluent in written and spoken English. We will ask for references and our Head of Sixth Form will invite potential candidates to an interview.

    We, again, actively welcome applications from students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who would be able to cope with the academic rigour of the whole curriculum. SEND students, whose academic profile fits with the selective entrance criteria, will be supported fully if successful. On entry, and where needs are assessed, full access arrangements for examinations are facilitated by the SENCO in order to support SEND students.

    Dubai College is confident of the integrity of its admission process and would respectfully inform parents that our decisions regarding entry are final.

    Year 7 Frequently asked questions

    Year 7 Admissions in September 2018

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the format of the entrance assessment?

    We are often asked about the format and content of the Year 7 entrance assessment. The test for entry in September 2018 will comprise:

    English

    This will be a choice of extended writing tasks; applicants must choose one. They will have 45 minutes to write about the task they choose and will be encouraged to produce as much as possible in the time available. They will be rewarded for interesting, well-structured and well-expressed content. Good punctuation, spelling and grammar will be, as always, important. This will be a test of their writing skills and does not require teaching of specific approaches or strategies.

    Mathematics

    45 minutes: Upper Key Stage 2 Mathematics skills

    There is one Mathematics paper. The only equipment required is a pen, pencil and ruler. Calculators are not permitted.

    Cognitive Ability Testing

    In line with many selective independent schools in the UK, Cognitive Ability Testing forms part of our entrance assessment process. This enables us to assess the students’ reasoning ability in a standardised test. The total duration of the Cognitive Ability Testing is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including scheduled breaks.

    To ensure fairness for all applicants unfortunately we will be unable to respond to individual requests for further information on our admissions assessments.

    We would kindly request that staff members are not asked for more details.

    2. Do you issue past or sample papers?

    We do not issue sample or past papers.

    3. What are the fees to apply?

    For entry to Year 7 in September 2018, the application registration fee of AED 500 and the assessment fee of AED 500 are payable in order to complete the application. Payment may be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer. These fees are non-refundable.

    4. Tutoring

    Dubai College does not endorse tutoring for our entrance assessment.

    If you consider that your child requires tutoring to succeed at the entrance assessment, then you may wish to question whether this would be the right school for your child.

    5. Learning Support/Special Educational Needs

    Please ensure that details of any Special Educational Needs are provided with your application. You must submit a recent report from an Educational Psychologist (dated within the past three years) if you wish us to consider providing extra time in the English and Maths assessments. No extra time will be provided for the Cognitive Ability Testing.

    6. Key Dates

    Applications open - Sunday 10th September 2017

    Open Week – visit us for a school tour. Booking is essential.

    • Sunday 15th to Thursday 19th October 2017
    • Dates for our 2018 Open Week will be posted in September 2018

    Meet the Headmaster – join us to hear Mr Lambert speak at An Audience with the Headmaster in the Auditorium followed by refreshments on the lawn.

    • Evening sessions Monday 9th October and Wednesday 11th October
    • Dates for 2018 will be posted in September 2018

    Closing Date for applications to Year 7 for September 2017

    • Sunday 5th November 2017 at 4pm UAE time (GMT +4 hours)

    Entrance Assessment (English, Maths and Cognitive Ability Testing) for candidates based in the United Arab Emirates

    • Saturday 18th November 2017

    Exact timings will be confirmed to applicants prior to the assessment. Please keep both the morning and afternoon free for the assessment.

    Results

    • First half of January 2018

    The entrance assessment takes place in mid-November, to allow for the release of the results in the first half January.

    7. How many applications do you receive for entry to Year 7?

    Dubai College is heavily over-subscribed and in recent years we have received around three to four applications per place.

    8. How many places are available in Year 7 at Dubai College?

    There will be 160 places available for entry to Year 7 in September 2018; there will be 8 forms with 20 students in each form.

    All new students also require a Personal Debenture to the value of AED 25,000. For students offered places in Year 7 in September 2018 following our entrance process, this will be payable by late March 2018.

    Year 12 Frequently asked questions

    Year 12 Admissions in September 2018

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What are the requirements to apply to join Dubai College in Year 12?

    External applicants to the Sixth Form will be expected to show significant academic success at GCSE or its equivalent:

    • A minimum of 6 A/A* (7/8/9) grades will be expected including English and Mathematics.
    • A or A*(7/8/9) grades are expected in those subjects to be studied at A Level.

    We would especially welcome applicants who are able to offer a range of additional skills above and beyond academic success (for example strong and sustained talent in one or more of the creative, sporting and philanthropic arenas). All students must be fluent in written and spoken English.

    2. How do we assess candidates for entry to Year 12?

    On receipt of an application for Year 12, we will contact the applicant’s current school to request a reference and predicted GCSE grades (or equivalent). Each applicant’s academic and extra-curricular profile will then be considered and we will short-list applicants for assessment. For entry to Year 12 in September 2018 the assessment will comprise both an interview and also cognitive ability testing. Following the assessment process, we will make conditional offers to our successful candidates, based upon meeting our required GCSE grades.

    3. What is cognitive ability testing (CAT)?

    Cognitive ability testing enables us to assess the students’ reasoning ability in a standardised test. The total duration of the cognitive ability testing is approximately 2 hours including scheduled breaks.

    4. Do you issue past or sample papers?

    We do not issue sample or past papers.

    5. What are the fees to apply?

    There are no fees in order to submit an application to Year 12. The application registration fee of AED 500 and the assessment fee of AED 500 are payable for short-listed candidates who wish to accept our invitation to interview and cognitive ability testing. Payment may be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer. These fees are non-refundable.

    6. Does my child need to travel to Dubai for the interview and test?

    Short-listed candidates based in the United Arab Emirates will be invited to attend Dubai College for the interview and test. Short-listed candidates based overseas will be interviewed by telephone and we will ask the current school to administer the cognitive ability test on our behalf.

    7. Key Dates

    Applications open

    Sunday 10th September 2017

    Open Afternoon for prospective Sixth Form applicants

    Tuesday 24th October 2017. Booking is essential

    Dates for 2018 will be posted in September 2018

    Closing Date for applications to Year 12 for September 2018

    Wednesday 29th November at 4pm UAE time (GMT + 4 hours)

    Entrance Assessment (Cognitive Ability Testing for candidates based in the United Arab Emirates who have been short-listed)

    Afternoon of Thursday 11th January 2018

    Interviews

    By appointment during January and early February

    Offers

    Our first round of offers will be made in early February. We would also expect to place a limited number of candidates on our waiting list at this stage.

    8. How many applications do you receive for entry to Year 12?

    Dubai College is heavily over-subscribed and in recent years we have received about four to five applications per place.

    All new students also require a Personal Debenture to the value of AED 25,000. For students offered places in Year 12 in September 2018 following our entrance process, a part payment of AED 5,000 will be payable by mid February 2018 to secure your child’s place and preferred subject combination

    Year 12 Options

    Year 12 Options – Admission in September 2018

    • Art & Design
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Design & Technology
    • Drama & Theatre Studies
    • Economics
    • English Literature
    • French
    • Further Mathematics (may only be studied in addition to Mathematics A Level, not as an alternative)
    • Geography
    • Government & Politics
    • History
    • Latin
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Physics
    • Spanish

    Please refer to the Curriculum pages of our website for more details on the subject courses.

    We reserve the right to withdraw particular subjects if there is insufficient demand

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