Primary Education (5 - 11 years), Postgraduate Certificate | University of Birmingham Dubai | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Primary Education (5 - 11 years)

12 months
24503 EUR/year
24503 EUR/year
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The one year full-time Primary Education (5 - 11 years) programme from University of Birmingham Dubai 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 Primary Education (5 - 11 years) programme from University of Birmingham Dubai 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.

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, incorporting two teaching experience placements across our established partner schools. 


The Primary PGCE programme with iQTS is suited to those living outside of the UK and resident in the UAE, including:

  • UK citizens currently working abroad who wish to start teacher training or develop their teaching career.
  • Non-UK citizens who wish to begin teacher training or build on existing teaching experience.
  • UK and non-UK teachers without QTS who wish to improve their employability in England and internationally with a UK government-backed and approved professional qualification. 
The iQTS is recognised as equivalent to QTS by the DfE, meaning that anyone who is awarded the iQTS qualification by the end of the programme will be eligible to apply for professional QTS status through the DfE.

Your University of Birmingham qualification is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. 

Programme Structure

  • The Primary PGCE with iQTS will mirror the experience of the UK PGCE QTS programme, providing a mixture of assessed practical input and experience, Masters level academic input and a portfolio record of teaching experience, assesed through competency accross the UK Teachers’ Standards and Core Content Framework.  
  • The 60 credit M-level teaching qualification is composed of three 20 credit modules, including a Teaching Experience module. PGCE Primary with iQTS trainees will undertake assessed placements across our network of partner schools and will be supported for the duration of the course by a trained mentor within their school setting.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General 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, from a UK or non-UK university
  • achieving a standard equivalent to grade 4 in GCSE mathematics
  • achieving a standard equivalent to grade 4 in a GCSE science (biology, chemistry or physics) subject
  • 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 checks including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service 'DBS' check in the UK).
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24503 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24503 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    24503 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24503 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

AED 99,903

Living costs for Dubai

5300 - 9200 AED /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Primary Education (5 - 11 years)
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Primary Education (5 - 11 years)
University of Birmingham Dubai


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