Admissions Process

How to begin your child's journey...

Applications for Year groups 8, 9, 10 and 12, 2017-2018 academic year are currently open (Y7 applications for 2017-2018 academic year are now CLOSED) however, applications are now for waitlist positions. 

Admission to the College for students in Years 7 to 13 is as per our Admissions Policy below:

Arabic Version of the Student Admission Policy

Year 7 Admissions Criteria

Jumeirah College is rated by the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) as an Outstanding school. In addition, the school is regarded highly by its students, parents and staff.  Accordingly, there is significant demand for places in Year 7. The aim of the admissions policy is to ensure that the school selects students fairly and objectively, and they are the most able to thrive within Jumeirah College’s particular approach to student achievement.

  1. All applicants will sit a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) at the College (or at home school in the case of overseas students) on a published agreed date.
  2. Projected attainment levels and school reports will be collected from current schools.
  3. To qualify for an offer at Jumeirah College, applicants will be required to demonstrate a good level of academic potential, and consistency in all areas of assessment.
  4. Applications can be supported so as to demonstrate excellence in pursuits beyond the curriculum such as Sport, Drama, Music and the Arts, as well potential in global citizenship, leadership and innovation.  Such supporting evidence will be taken into consideration as part of the process.
  5. Jumeirah College is an inclusive school. Where a child has a particular learning need that would affect their ability to access the curriculum unsupported, the capacity of both the College and Support for Learning Department will be the deciding factor whether a place at the College will be offered following interview and consultation with the home Primary School.
  6. Any decision of Jumeirah College in relation to admissions will be final.
  7. Students who do not gain entry to Jumeirah College will be actively supported by GEMS Education to gain entry into one of their many excellent schools.
  8. Admissions to Jumeirah College are conducted in two phases – the first for students in priority groups a) and b). Phase two will be for remaining applications.

The close of application dates are as follows:

  • For JPS students and siblings of current Jumeirah College students to avail priority placement, applications are now CLOSED.
  • Children of JC and JPS staff and Non JPS Students, applications are now CLOSED.
  • Completed applications received by all other applicants for Year Groups 8-10, and 12 are open, and applicants will be invited in for a CAT assessment.

Due to the high demand, Jumeirah College will not accept any applications after 17 November 2016, for Year 7 places commencing September 2017.

Students successful in achieving this criteria will then be offered places in the following order of priority:

  • Year 6 student at Jumeirah Primary School at time of application
  • A sibling of a student already attending the College
  • Son/daughter of a member of staff at Jumeirah College
  • Year 6 students from other schools

Should the number of applications from the first three criteria exceed the number of places available; students will then be ranked and offered a place in order of test result and KS2 projected levels. All other applicants will be ranked subsequently and places will be offered to those candidates when numbers allow.

Where a child has a particular learning need that would affect their ability to access the curriculum unsupported, the capacity of both the College and Support for Learning Department will be the deciding factor whether a place at the College will be offered following interview and consultation with the home Primary School.

Jumeirah College Assessment

All students applying to the College for Years 7 to 10 must complete an assessment. The Assessment is an online Cognitive Ability Assessment (CAT). It contains Verbal, Non-verbal, Quantitative and Spatial reasoning questions and students will take between 1:30 and 2 hours to complete the assessment.                                          

The assessment is broken up into a series of small tests. The small tests are timed and all students have the same length of time to answer the questions. Practise questions are provided at the beginning of each small test and these are not timed or marked. All questions are multiple-choice. We ensure all students are informed of the instructions and are comfortable before starting the assessment.  To ensure fairness to all our applicants, no further information can be provided about the assessment.

A Confidential Academic Reference is requested for all applicants from outside the Dubai area. On occasion a Confidential Academic Reference may be requested for a Dubai based applicant. Jumeirah College will request the reference directly from the applicant’s current school who will then return the reference to the Jumeirah College Registration Office.

Arrangements for Casual Admissions to Years 8 - 10 throughout the year

The Registration Department, along with the Senior Leadership Team, will assess and evaluate applications made throughout the year. Admissions will be based upon availability in the year group, specific learning requirements and the outcomes of reports and test results. Places are limited and admission cannot be guaranteed.

Sixth Form Admission

Jumeirah College is welcoming external applications for Sixth Form A level Programme starting September 2017. External students applying for admission to Jumeirah College should refer to the Sixth Form Prospectus now available in the 'School Handbooks and Prospectus' section of the website, and contact the registration team.

If you wish to apply to Jumeirah College Sixth Form, early application is strongly recommended. Achievement of the entry requirements does not automatically result in admission and all potential candidates should submit a strong application in order to be considered.

The 2017-2018 Sixth Form application process is nearing completion and places are now limited. Please contact the College for further information.

Sixth Form Entry Requirements*

The standard entry requirement for A level study at Jumeirah College is:

Four B (6) grades and two C (5/4) grades at GCSE, two of which must be a grade 4 or above in English Language (as a first language) and a grade 4 or above in Mathematics, both of which use the new numerical grading. You will be expected to have gained at least a GCSE grade B in the A level subjects you wish to study. However, some subjects have higher or additional requirements, therefore please refer to the subject specific pages for exact entry criteria.

Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

* Sixth Form Entry Requirements are reviewed annually and the 2017-2019 Prospectus is now available in the 'School Handbooks and Prospectus' section of the website. 

Required Documents

All year groups.

In order to make an application to Jumeirah College please complete the online application form via the website. Applications will only be accepted if accompanied by the non-refundable registration fee of AED500 and the following documentation:

  • 1 copy of the applicant’s passport
  • 1 passport photo
  • 1 copy of father’s passport
  • Complete copy of the applicant’s latest end of year report as well as the subsequent mid-year report (if applicable)
  • Payment of the AED 500 registration fee

Registration does not guarantee your child a place.

The Jumeirah College accounts office is open between 7:30am and 4pm Sunday to Thursday during term time.

Documents required when joining the College

Admissions to GEMS Jumeirah College can be made at any time through the Registrar, although there are cut-off dates during the year, which are designated by the Ministry of Education.  The Ministry of Education also requires all students to submit certain documents to the school before they can enter the educational system in Dubai.

Without these documents entry for your child may be refused:

  •  2 copies of the applicant's passport including valid residence visa (due upon receipt)
  •  2 copies of the parent's/sponsor's passport including valid residence visa (due upon receipt)
  •  2 copies of the applicant's UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  •  2 copies of the Mother's UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  •  2 copies of the Father's UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  •  2 copies of your child's birth certificate
  •  4 recent passport photos of your child
  •  A copy of the student's current immunisation record in English

Transfer Certificate

Every student is required by UAE Ministry of Education Law to have a transfer certificate from their last school. This is strictly enforced and failure of a student to have a properly completed certificate, or a legally binding undertaking to action all the necessary documentation, will result in your child's place being withdrawn. Please discuss your child's transfer certificate requirements with the Registrar as your country of origin and last school is taken into consideration.

If transferring from another school within Dubai:

Please inform your current school of your intentions. Jumeirah College will then contact your current school to obtain the Transfer Certificate. No further action is required although a fee of AED 120 is charged by the KHDA for the transfer. This is payable to the account's office at the College.

If transferring school from outside Dubai:

The original Transfer Certificate must be obtained by yourself from your child's current school and given to Jumeirah College on arrival in Dubai. Please be aware of the attestation rules, if applicable as outlined below.

The Certificate must be on official school letterhead and must contain the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Date of birth
  • Class to which he/she was admitted to the school
  • Present class
  • Year group Partially Completed (if moving mid-way through the academic year)
  • Year group Completed (if moving at the end of the academic year)
  • Year group Promoted to (for the next academic year)
  • Date the child left the school (the student's last day at the school)
  • School stamp and signature

Important Instructions for Parents:

NB: Students coming from countries other than United States, Australia, Canada, Western Europe and New Zealand should have the original Transfer Certificate (TC) attested by:

  • Ministry of Education (from country of TC origin)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from the country of TC origin)
  • UAE Embassy (from the country of TC origin) for students transferring from schools within the UAE, a Ministry approved Transfer Certificate is issued

NB: It is of vital importance that the British Curriculum corresponding year group is noted on the Transfer Certificate if coming from a different system as the Ministry of Education may refuse the child entry if the year group does not correspond with that of the new school.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions procedure, please feel free to contact

the Registrar, Mrs Julia Hubbard at 04 395 5524 or j.hubbard_jcd@gemsedu.com