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UAE schools offering BTEC

While limited in terms of provision in the UAE, in the UK it is chosen over 1 million learners every year according to Pearson. The BTEC offers a range of professional qualifications for anyone taking their first steps into the world of work, progressing through their careers, or planning to enter university.

Note that although these schools are accredited to be able to offer BTEC, subject provision is likely to be extremely limited. As in all cases, contact the school to take your research further.


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September 4, 2016

Dubai British School, Springs 3, Emirates Hills

Updated November 2016

There are a number of schools in Dubai that, notwithstanding inspection data, offer a very high level of education for children across all phases and which present very little difficulty in securing our recommendation. Dubai British School in Emirates Hills (DBS) falls into this category.

That DBS is now classified by the Dubai inspectorate as “Very Good” school category (and is a British Schools Overseas “Outstanding School”) merely confirms what parents have known for a long time: Despite the many excellent schools in the UAE, this is a school that any parent interested in a UK based education should shortlist.

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April 5, 2016

Deira International School, Dubai Festival City

Updated December 2016

Deira International School is an extremely impressive school and one that only just misses KHDA “Outstanding” school status. In the majority of areas DIS is already hitting, and in some cases at the very highest level, this standard and, in its combination of outstanding curriculum provision, leadership, academics and whole child development, it’s a school worthy of prospective parents’ attention.

Deira International deserves particular praise for its outstanding parental communication. The school offers the most detailed, comprehensive and transparent online presence of any school we have reviewed in the UAE.

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April 3, 2016

Horizon International School, Umm Al Sheif

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should be advised that, to some degree, Horizon International should be treated as a new school in weighing up the strengths of the school for potential provision of education for their child(ren).

The school is mid-way through a period of phased launch to full FS-Year 13 English National Curriculum provision to GCE A’ Level.

The school begins GCE A’ Level provision for the first time in September 2016 and examination results will not be reported until 2018.

A very limited number of (I)GCE O’ Level examinations were taken for the first time in 2015 (mostly in languages) and (I)GCSE full examinations will be sat for [...]

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December 16, 2015

Al Yasmina School, Al Raha Gardens, Khalifa City

Abu Dhabi based Al Yasmina School offers the English National Curriculum for students from 3 to 18 years and is ranked A2 by the Abu Dhabi education authority, the highest grade it is currently awarding. No other school in Abu Dhabi has yet to achieve an A1 (Outstanding) grade. Al Yasmina achieved good school status 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Opened in 2008, Al Yasmina was the second school established by Aldar Academies, after the Pearl primary school, which started with 247 students in 2007. Today Aldar Academies educates 3700 children across 5 schools, including 1672 children at Al Yasmina, in Abu Dhabi and one school in Al Ain.

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December 10, 2015

GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis

Opened in September 2011 with approximately 1,000 students, GEMS Wellington Academy has more than trebled in size to its current enrolment of 3575 students. The Academy offers education to students between the ages of 3 to 18 and in 2015-16 some 96 nationalities are represented within the student body. The school is classified by the KHDA, Dubai’s Inspectorate of schools, as “Very Good” with “Outstanding elements”, its second highest scoring under a new six point scale that rates schools from “Very weak”, “Weak”, “Acceptable”, “Good”, “Very Good” and “Outstanding.”

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