Admissions Process

How to begin your child's journey...

Admissions Overview

Thank you for considering Jumeirah College for your child’s secondary school education.

Jumeirah College is a GEMS Education School, teaching Year 7 to Year 13 students in the National Curriculum for England. We have earned the reputation for providing a first class education to students from over 63 different nationalities. Jumeirah College is registered with the Department for Education in London as a British Overseas School and as an external centre for U.K. examination boards.

Jumeirah College is open to applications for Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 for the academic year 2020-2021. 

We are currently closed for applications to Year 7. 

School Tours: Bespoke tours of the campus are available by appointment and are conducted at 8.45am, in busy periods tours may be conducted in small groups of up to 3 families.

To schedule a tour, please contact the College to book a convenient date.

Please note: Jumeirah College follows a modest dress code appropriate to the UAE culture.

If you would like assistance applying to other GEMS schools in the area, please visit the GEMS Parent Experience Centre located at the GEMS School Support Centre. Alternatively, you can contact the GEMS Parent Experience Centre on 600 56 7771. 

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your application. Please contact us should you have any further questions.

Mrs Julia Hubbard


[email protected]


Jumeirah College Admissions Process

Jumeirah College is open to applications for Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 for the academic year 2020-2021. We are currently closed for applications to Year 7. If you’re looking for another British Curriculum Secondary school, we have limited spaces available at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail in Dubai Hills. For further information please refer to their website.

Admission to the College for students in Years 7 to 12 is as per our Admissions Process below:

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. Jumeirah College is an inclusive school, and we actively welcome applications from students with different strengths and areas for development. All students will be supported fully if successful. Where a child has a particular learning need that would affect their ability to access the full curriculum, the capacity of both the College and Learning Support Department to support the student will be considered as a factor as to whether a place at the College can be offered. This will often follow consultation with the home primary school.
  2. 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. Projected attainment and school reports will be collected from current schools.
  3. Applications can be supported so as to demonstrate excellence in pursuits beyond the curriculum such as Sport, Drama, Music and the Arts, as well as potential in global citizenship, leadership and innovation. Such supporting evidence will be taken into consideration as part of the process.
  4. Any student who does not gain entry to Jumeirah College will be actively supported by GEMS Education to gain entry into one of their many excellent schools.
  5. Admissions to Jumeirah College are conducted in two phases – the first for students from Jumeirah Primary School and siblings of current Jumeirah College students, and the second from all other applications.  

The close of application dates are as follows:

Phase 1: Year 6 JPS students and siblings of current Jumeirah College students.

Phase 2: Non JPS students and children of Jumeirah College and JPS staff.

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

  • Emirati national students
  • 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/Jumeirah Primary School
  • 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, placed on the wait list and places will then be offered to those candidates when numbers allow.


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

Applications to YEAR GROUPS 8, 9 and 10 for the academic year 2020-2021 are currently open. 

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 date of application is not a consideration in offer.

Jumeirah College Assessment and Academic Reference

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 1.5 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. Practice 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.

Sixth Form Admission

Applications to join Year 12 for the Sixth Form A-Level Programme commencing September 2020 are now open.

Sixth Form Entry Requirements*:

The current minimum grades students need to achieve as an entry requirement to A levels for 2020-2021 academic year are: four B (level 6) grades and two C (level 5/4) grades at GCSE, two of which must be English Language (as a first language) and Mathematics.

In order to study a subject at A level, students will be expected to have gained at least a grade B (level 6) in that subject at GCSE. However, some subjects have higher or additional requirements, therefore please refer to the subject specific pages in the prospectus for exact entry criteria.

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 and non-transferable application fee of AED 525* and if the following documentation is uploaded at the time of application.

  • 1 copy of the applicant’s passport, including their UAE visa if available
  • 1 copy of both sides of the applicant’s Emirates ID card if available
  • 1 passport photo
  • 1 copy of the father’s (or sponsor’s) passport, including their UAE visa if available
  • 1 copy of both sides of the father’s (or sponsor’s) Emirates ID card if available
  • 1 complete copy of the applicant’s latest end of year report as well as the subsequent mid-year report (if applicable)
  • 1 copy of the applicant’s immunisation report

 Registration does not guarantee your child a place. 

*Application fee is refundable if the school doesn't offer the student a place, unless the child's registration is carried forward to the following year. It is non-refundable if the school offers the student a place but the student chooses not to take it and it is non deductible from the total tuition fees to be paid if the student is offered and accepts a place.

Documents required when joining the College:

Admissions to 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:

  • 1 copy of the applicant's passport including valid residence visa (due upon receipt)
  • 1 copy of the parent's/sponsor's passport including valid residence visa (due upon receipt)
  • 1 copy of the applicant's UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  • 1 copy of the Mother's UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  • 1 copy of the Father's UAE ID card, front and back (due upon receipt)
  • 1 copy of the student's current immunisation record in English

Leaving/Transfer Certificate:

Every student is required by UAE Ministry of Education Law to have a leaving/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 leaving/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. You will be required to pay a KHDA fee of AED120 to the school you are leaving and they will provide you with an attested leaving certificate. Once the receipt of this certificate please submit the original to the Jumeirah College admission team.

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

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 [email protected]

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If you have any questions regarding the admissions procedure, please feel free to contact the Registrar, Mrs Julia Hubbard at 04 395 5524 or [email protected]

Admission of Students of Determination


Jumeirah College works in line with the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2017) and incorporates good working practice in line with legislation such as the:

  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol, Federal Law No. (29) of 2006 concerning the Rights of People of Determination
  • Law No. (2) of 2014 concerning the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai
  • Executive Council Resolution No. (2) of 2017 Regulating Private Schools in the Emirate of Dubai
  • General Rules for the Provision of Special Education Programs and Services (Public & Private Schools)
  • as well as the SEND Code of Practice (UK, 2015).

Admission of Students of Determination

Jumeirah College is highly committed to being an inclusive school which admits students with a variety of needs including those who are gifted and talented, special educational needs, or have physical, emotional, social, cultural or language challenges.  For further information about the Admissions process please refer to the Admissions Policy.  Please visit our Inclusion Page for our Inclusion Statement. For a copy of the Inclusion Policy please contact the Head of Inclusion on [email protected].

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