Updated 18 October 2020

Best BTEC Schools in Dubai, 2020

Which schools top the list of the Best BTEC Schools in Dubai?

The Best BTEC Schools in Dubai ranks all schools in our database that meet these criteria:

Location: Dubai
Price point: All
Phase: All
Curriculum: BTEC

The ranking lists schools in order of their Parent Score, that is how well the score meets the expectations of this key stakeholder group represented numerically. We discuss why below. Schools not on this list, that you think should be and are missing, are likely to be as yet unrated. To be rated, a school simply needs a sufficient number of parent surveys to be undertaken. If you are a parent at one of these schools, please take the survey!

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com currently has 636 schools in its database. These are all independent, private, international schools offering a total of 46 curricula. All schools, we believe, aspire to offer the highest levels of care and performance for their students. Not all, however, are equally successful at doing so.

In this ranking, the Best BTEC Schools in Dubai, we, currently, have 20 schools competing for top spot. The total number of possible schools that could be on this list if all schools had a sufficient number of parent surveys, and all these schools had a rating of above 3.0, is 24.

Again, if your child currently attends a school in UAE, then please do review it, by taking the survey here. Your input will help 1000s of parents that follow you!

How we compile this list

When a parent completes a survey, his or her feedback is incorporated into the database and the ranking updated each Sunday. Tune in on Sunday 25th of October just after midnight to see the changes to the Best BTEC Schools in Dubai next week!

The WSA Parent Rating is based on the following questions in the survey:

  • Would you recommend your school to another parent?
  • How much of a sense of belonging does your child feel at his or her school?
  • To what extent do you think that children enjoy going to your child’s school?
  • How much do you agree to the statement: I think the fees I pay represent good value for money given the quality of the school offering.
  • Have you thought about moving your child from his current school?
  • Rate your satisfaction with the level of academic performance at your child’s school
  • How confident are you in your ability to make sure your child’s school meets your child’s learning needs?
  • Rate your satisfaction with the level of feedback you receive from your child’s school
  • How concerned are you about bullying at this school?
  • How much has this school improved your child’s confidence?

The WSA algorithm

We do not disclose the weighting we use, but in order to give schools, and parents, the power to impact their score, we skew results to those most recently received. A school looking to turnaround a score can therefore make improvements, and then ask its parents to retake the survey.

If parents appreciate the changes made, it will make a difference to a school’s position on the Best BTEC Schools in Dubai list quite quickly.

Moreover, if a school has yet to send out a survey to its parents, then we would urge it to do so as soon as possible. The probability is it will make a significant difference to its score. Schools that asks their parents to take the survey, do better. Parents that are motivated to take a survey independently are often driven by high passions, which may not always be positive!

Why we do a Best School rating?

In choosing schools, parents have always used word of mouth, and the Parent survey captures this quantitatively.

Looking at the ‘Best BTEC Schools in Dubai’ should only be one way you short list schools, however. It is a fun and informative way to order schools, and by being based on Parent Rating, is a way to get a good overview quickly.

Why use the Parent Rating for Best BTEC Schools in Dubai?

In addition to capturing word of mouth recommendations numerically, we use the Parent Rating for the Best BTEC Schools in Dubai, because unlike other measures it is not country, or even area specific as government regulations can be. The parent rating cuts across both curricula, and territory, to be a measure that we can apply equally anywhere and everywhere. Parents all want the best for their child, and will be equally critical, in whatever state they are in, for whatever curricula school their child attends.

Using a rank in this way also means that each school is measured quite independently through the lens of its own parent body. In order to do well, a school ‘simply’ has to understand and then meet the expectations of its parents.

Issues with ranking this way

This way of ranking is both a weakness and a strength. It is a strength because not only can it be universally applied, but it is a true way to measure a school based on the stakeholders that matter the most, its parents.

It is a weakness in the sense that the top school on the list, will not necessarily be the best school for you and your child. It is also NOT a comment on specifics: price point, curricula, location, but an holistic view of schools that fall within a set of criteria.

Expectations will also clearly be different between the parents of different schools. For example, a parent paying premium fees would have very different expectations when it comes to the scope of facilities offered than a parent paying fees associated with the value segment. A high score for a school is not about meeting a universal set of criteria, but about it delivering on its unique promise to its unique parent body.

One size in this context does not fit all and for this reason amongst others WhichSchoolAdvisor.com always encourages parents to look beyond simple rankings and ratings, and determine the best school for your child.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has undertaken multiple Best ofs, allowing us to be quite specific and therefore do some of the homework for you in your shortlisting. We do have Best ofs for curricula and for some price points for example.

To go further in your analysis of the Best School for you, then you need to look at additional resources.

In the UAE, some (but not all) parents are blessed with additional resources they can use when evaluating schools. Dubai parents have access to KHDA reports, Abu Dhabi parents have access to ADEK reports, while Sharjah parents will, eventually, have access to SPEA reports. That still leaves three other emirates without government ratings. What’s more, these reports have their own criteria and their own rating grades and scales, and are not compatible enough to compare across the country in the Best of Rankings we use here. We should also note, that all government ratings, are used to drive an agenda and the UAE is no different in this regard. We note the weighting for Arabic and Islamic and Social studies in this regard, which may be of interest to some parents, but will not be to all.

Best BTEC Schools in Dubai

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SCHOOL
PARENT
RATING
RATING
RISE/FALL
1
The Aquila School
4.6
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The Aquila School opened in September 2018.  Located in the new neighbourhood of Wadi Al Safa, an  area of Dubailand that runs between the Al Ain road and The Centro/Villa communities, the school is surrounded by numerous high rise, apartment complexes. Once construction is complete Aquila will be a school right in the heart of a densely populated community. 
Address: Wadi Al Safa 5, Dubailand, Dubai
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, IB, BTEC, EYFS
Founded: 2018
Principal: Mr Wayne Howsen
Average fees: AED 39,500
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The Arbor School
4.5
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The Arbor School opened in Al Furjan in September 2018. Now in its second year of operation, the British Curriculum School has a particular focus on ecological awareness, responsibility and sustainability.
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS, A Level, GCSE, IPC
Founded: 2018
Principal: Brett Girven
Average fees: AED 57,000
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Horizon International School
4.4
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Horizon International School (HIS) is located in Umm Al Sheif off Al Wasl Road, within close proximity of the iconic Burj Al Arab. HIS is an 'all-through' school offering the British curriculum for children aged 3 to 18.
Address: Street 9A, Off Al Wasl Road, Dubai. PO BOX 126108
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2008
Principal: Darren Gale
Average fees: AED 50,000
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Arcadia School
4.3
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Arcadia School started life as a primary school opening in August 2016. Located in the Jumeirah Village Triangle area of Dubai, the school offers an enriched National Curriculum for England. From September 2020 the school launched a secondary section, located just across the square from the original primary section.
Address: Orchid Street
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, BTEC
Founded: 2016
Principal: Giles Pruett
Average fees: AED 59,500
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5
Jumeira Baccalaureate School
4.1
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Jumeira Baccalaureate School is a private pre-KG to Grade 12 school which was established in September 2010. The school is located in the heart of Jumeira 1, one of the best locations in the city, on the former site of the American School of Dubai. The school is operated by the Taaleem group.
Address: PO Box 211829, Dubai, UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, BTEC, IB CP, IB PYP
Founded: 2010
Principal: Richard Drew
Average fees: AED 63,500
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The English College Dubai
4.1
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The English College Dubai is a private FS to Year 13 school located in Umm Suqeim, Dubai. The original Secondary school was established in 1992 and has been consistently rated Good since inspections began. Its neighbouring Manor Primary school (under the same ownership) was integrated into the College in January 2019.
Address: PO Box 11812, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS
Founded: 1992
Principal: Mark Ford
Average fees: AED 49,000
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
4.1
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Dubai British School Jumeirah Park is located at the heart of this newer community, close to Jumeirah Lake Towers and the Jumeirah Park/Jumeirah Islands areas. Currently, there are approximately 1,100 children at DBS JP with a total capacity of the school of over 1,600.
Address: Al Warood St 1, Jumeirah Park, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2015
Principal: Brendon Fulton
Average fees: AED 70,000
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Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches
4.0
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JESS Arabian Ranches (Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches) is a not for profit co-educational all-through school located in Arabian Ranches, Dubai.
Address: PO Box 24942, Dubai UAE
Curricula: GCSE, IB, IB DP, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr. Shane O'Brien
Average fees: AED 65,500
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Dubai British School
4.0
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Dubai British School (DBS) is a member of the Taaleem Group of schools and was one of the first UK curriculum schools to open in the Emirates Hills area, providing an English National Curriculum education to families living in the Meadows, Springs, Lakes and wider new Dubai area.
Address: PO Box 37828, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2005
Principal: Simon Jodrell
Average fees: AED 60,000
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10
Dubai English Speaking College
3.8
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Dubai English Speaking College is the sister institution to Dubai English Speaking School (DESS), the oldest UK-curriculum school in Dubai, established in 1963. The College opened in 2005 to provide a through-school arrangement for secondary education for families at DESS. In between times, DESC has grown to admit students from a range of other schools around Dubai. Both DESS and DESC are among the few ‘not for profit’ schools in Dubai.
Address: Academic City Rd, Dubai UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2005
Principal: Mr. Andrew Gibbs (Principal), Mr. Chris Vizzard (Head Teacher)
Average fees: AED 71,500
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11
Uptown School
3.5
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Uptown School is owned and managed by the Taaleem Group which operates two Early Learning Centres, two UK curriculum and three IB curriculum schools in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi (with a second opening in 2020). Located towards the Sharjah border in Mirdiff, Uptown was among the first IB curriculum schools to open in Dubai.
Address: Tripoli Street, Algeria Road, Mirdif Area, Dubai
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, IB CP, BTEC
Founded: 2012
Principal: Andreas Swoboda
Average fees: AED 61,500
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12
GEMS FirstPoint School
3.5
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GEMS FirstPoint School is a UK curriculum school located on the outskirts of Dubai, just off the Al Ain and Emirates Roads, close to several large new communities. It has a particular focus on providing more technical options to students, with a practical approach to learning.
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Matthew Tompkins
Average fees: AED 54,500
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Sunmarke School
3.5
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Sunmarke School is the most recent school to join Fortes Education, the owners of Regent International School (RIS) in the Greens. Three years after its opening, initially in large part as a Secondary school due to the transfer of RIS Secondary students, it is now a fully-fledged all-through school offering the English National Curriculum and the IB Diploma and Career-related programmes.
Address: PO Box 24857, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, GCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level, EYFS, IB DP, IGCSE, IB CP
Founded: 2016
Principal: Dr Neil Hopkin
Average fees: AED 62,000
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Kent College Dubai
3.4
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One of the most read reviews on our sister site, SchoolsCompared.com, and now something of an evergreen read here at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, Kent College Dubai is steadily establishing itself as a school to watch.
Address: 25.125025, 55.357843
Curricula: A Level, EYFS, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, BTEC
Founded: 2016
Principal: Anthony Cashin
Average fees: AED 73,500
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Cambridge International School Dubai
3.3
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With just over 2,500 students, Cambridge International School Dubai, located in Garhoud, is a well established GEMS school teaching children from FS1 to Year 13.
Address: CIS Dubai, Garhoud, PO Box 60835 Dubai, UAE
Curricula: A Level, GCSE, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 1983
Principal: Lachlan MacKinnon
Average fees: AED 23,000
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Safa Community School
3.3
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Safa Community School opened on its site near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (opposite Motor City) in September 2014 and has grown rapidly to offer from FS to Year 12 in the current academic year. In its third KHDA inspection, SCS achieved a Very Good rating for the second year in a row.
Address: PO Box 71091, Dubai UAE
Curricula: EYFS, UK National Curriculum, IGCSE, A Level, BTEC, AS Level
Founded: 2014
Principal: Stephen Duckitt
Average fees: AED 59,000
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Raffles World Academy
3.3
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Now in its eleventh year of operation Umm Suqeim 3 located Raffles World Academy is home to approximately 1,720 boys and girls studying the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Course and Diploma Programmes (DP). The school moved to a full IB World school from 2018-19 with IGCSE having been halted at the end of 2017-18.
Address: PO Box 122900, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB CP, BTEC
Founded: 2008
Principal: Timothy Roberts
Average fees: AED 57,000
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Raffles International School
3.2
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Innoventures-managed Raffles International School is located in Umm Suqeim and currently has 1,100 boys and girls on its roll, aged between four and eighteen years.
Address: PO Box 122900, Dubai UAE
Curricula: UK National Curriculum, EYFS, IGCSE, A Level, AS Level, BTEC, Blended Early Years, DELF
Founded: 2007
Principal: Tim Richardson
Average fees: AED 55,500
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis
3.2
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GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has just received its seventh KHDA report, and has been rated Very Good for the fourth year in a row. Whilst the initial step up to Very Good came early in the school's career - on its fourth inspection - moving up to the highest KHDA rating of Outstanding is proving a little more difficult. None-the-less, many aspects of Wellington Academy DSO are highly rated by both the regulator and parents alike.
Address: PO Box 49746, Dubai UAE
Curricula: GCSE, IB, IB DP, BTEC, UK National Curriculum, EYFS, A Level, IB CP, IGCSE, AS Level
Founded: 2011
Principal: Kevin Loft
Average fees: AED 60,000
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Dubai International Academy
3.1
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Dubai International Academy has a record of Firsts. It was the first IB World School authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation in the UAE to offer the full range of IB programmes. It was also the first IB curriculum school in the UAE to achieve an Outstanding rating (from the KHDA, the Dubai Education regulator), which it received in 2015-16 and retained in 2016-17 when no inspection took place. It has been rated Very Good for the past two years.
Address: First Al Khail Street, Emirates Hills, Dubai UAE
Curricula: IB, IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, BTEC, IB CP
Founded: 2005
Principal: Jayne Needham
Average fees: AED 57,000
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CUT
2.9
CUT
2.9
Methodology: How we choose the Best BTEC Schools in Dubai

Why this cut off point?

To make it onto the Parent Recommended Best Schools List, a school needs to score 3.0 or above on the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Parent Rating.

The WSA Parent Rating score is drawn from multiple questions from our parent survey. More details can be found if you click Read More in the Best Schools explainer at the top of the page.

A score below 3.0 means a school could be admired for facets of its delivery, but there will be areas with question marks. A score above 3.0 means that its parents rate a school highly across the board. Any score above 3.5 is the sign of a school truly loved and admired by its parents, who have clearly bought into its vision and leadership.

A school can move up (and onto the list if it is not here), or down (and off the list) as more feedback comes in. The algorithm is weighted to more recent responses to allow schools to make improvements and for that to reflect in the rating. It also means that if a school takes unpopular decisions, or lowers the quality of its offering, it can move off the list altogether.

Note: If the school you are interested in is not here, it is either because its score is below 3.0, or has yet to receive sufficient surveys. We have a school reviews directory that lists all UAE schools.

Note, it is possible to score 5 if a school has perfect scores from its most recent respondents. It is difficult if not impossible to please all people, all of the time however… Parents doing their due diligence when choosing a school should pay attention also to the number of parent reviews a school has received. The more it has, the less likely the score will be to change as new reviews come in.

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