Dubai English Speaking College Academic City, Dubai

About Dubai English Speaking College Academic City, Dubai

The Dubai English Speaking College is the sister school to Dubai English-Speaking School (DESS), Dubai's first UK-curriculum school, which opened in 1963. Established in 2005, the Dubai English Speaking College is a well-known British curriculum school in Dubai, UAE.

DESS and its sibling Secondary School, Dubai English Speaking College, were established as not-for-profit schools in Dubai on property donated by the king - Sheikh Rashid. It has retained its non-profit status. Both schools are managed by a Board of Trustees, which ensures long-term and short-term investments in the school.

For over 15 years in Al Ruwayyah, The Dubai English Speaking College has operated as a recognised institution. The 'Outstanding' KHDA grade DESC has been highlighted since 2012 - 2013. The DESC transformation has paved the way for creating a 6th Form Centre, which delivers exceptional learning experiences to 16 to 18-year-old students. 

It also provides advanced school credentials such as A-level, Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma), and General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE).

DESC has a total of 157 teachers and 15 teaching assistants. Most of the teaching staff is from the United Kingdom, and the teacher-to-student ratio is 1:11. The faculty motivates and inspires students through cross-curricular activities and real-life applications. 

It caters to Primary and Secondary students, providing education based on the British National Curriculum. The school typically focuses on a holistic approach to education, encompassing academics, sports, arts, and other extracurricular activities.

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In Brief

School Details

Grading System at Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City

Dubai English Speaking College offers English National Curriculum-based lessons from Year 7 (Grade 6) to Grade 12 (Year 13). Students ages 11 to 18 are welcome in the school.

The classes are available in a variety of levels, which include:

  • GCE Advanced Level
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • BTEC Diploma
  • Foundation Year Course

The courses help students create the optimal curriculum for their abilities, individual interests, and future aspirations.

Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City Syllabus

Dubai English Speaking School is the city's oldest school that follows the UK curriculum. Dubai English Speaking College adheres to the English National Curriculum as well.

Following the Secondary Level, students begin GCSE. After Year 12, they study AS Level, whereas the GCE Advanced Level marks the completion of the post-16 stages. In addition to the regular A-Level curriculum, BTEC includes alternatives in Sports, Enterprise, Applied Science, Hospitality, Creative Production, Entrepreneurship & ICT.

For students interested in expanding their knowledge in a given area, the College offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). The EPQ allows pupils to enhance their talents beyond an A-Level course and prepare for university or a future job. The EPQ also grants extra UCAS points because it is worth half an A Level, increasing a student's chances of getting into university.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply for The Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City - Step-by-Step Process

The admission policy of Dubai English Speaking College is simple. According to Federal Law 29, the school may not discriminate against any student or family based on academic ability, nationality, race, or religion. To gain admission to The Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City, follow the below-mentioned steps:

For Special Education Needs (SEN)

Students with Special Education Needs (SEN) are encouraged to apply. After submitting the form, the applicant must take an assessment exam to assist the school in determining whether or not it can satisfy the student's academic needs.

The following criteria determine admission:

  • Age-based English fluency (including speaking, reading, writing & comprehension)
  • Positive learning attitude of students and school reports
  • Student’s dedication to sports, the performing arts, and other extracurricular activities
  • Student’s learning requirements that can be satisfied with minimal extra adult support

For Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) Students

All Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) students are guaranteed a spot at Dubai English Speaking College. The seat is offered subject to confirmation of the spot and a non-refundable deposit of AED 3,000 (which will be deducted from the first term costs).

The student's place at DESC is confirmed via an official email. DESS students who submit their applications after the deadline are placed on a waitlist. Applicants can complete the application form on the Dubai English Speaking College website. The non-refundable application cost is AED 525.

For Other Students

Students who have previously attended another school must submit the application form and accompanying documentation, along with a non-refundable application cost of AED 525. 

These students must additionally take an admission exam (which includes verbal and nonverbal thinking). The test determines an applicant's academic abilities, so the institution can confirm if pupils can keep up with the curriculum at Dubai English Speaking College.


Students from other secondary schools must fill out an online application form and pay a non-refundable entrance fee of AED 525. The deadline for applying to DESC is January 31st; applications received beyond that date will not be considered. On the other hand, candidates who applied before the deadline would be given precedence.





Year 7




Year 8




Year 9




Year 10




Year 11




Year 12




Year 13




Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City Fees Structure

The fee structure of Dubai English Speaking College has been tabulated for your reference:





TERM 3 (11 APR)

Year 7-11

AED 69,865

AED 23,754

AED 23,056

AED 23,055

Sixth Form

AED 75,092

AED 25,531

AED 24,781

AED 24,780

DESSC payments can be remitted via:

  • RAKBANK without extra charges
  • SKIPLY application

DESC also offers sibling discounts:




3rd Sibling


Annual fee reduction of 5% for 3rd sibling

3rd Sibling Onwards


Annual fees are reduced by 10% for 4th sibling and 5% for 3rd sibling 

4th Sibling Onwards

More than 4

Annual fees are reduced by 10% from 4th sibling

School Facilities

School Transportation at Dubai English Speaking College

Ensuring a secure and dependable mode of travel, the college extends its commendable transit services to 850 students.

  • The bus service is provided from a central stop rather than door-to-door.
  • Parents must guarantee that their children arrive at the pick-up location on time.
  • The school does not provide one-way transportation; bus services must be fully paid.

Sports Facilities at Dubai English Speaking College

Some sports offered by the Dubai English Speaking College are:

  • Aquathlon
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Tag Rugby
  • Tennis

Some players in this program have been part of national and international sports teams and professional clubs.

Contact Details

  • Phone Number: +971-4-360-4866
  • E-mail ID: [email protected]
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the motto of Dubai English Speaking College?

 The college allows staff and students to participate in a lively learning community in which all members are encouraged to live up to the College motto: Dare, Excel, Share, and Create.

2. How many candidates are enrolled in Dubai English Speaking College?

Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City, has 1,712 students at present.

3. Does the college organise extracurricular activities after regular college hours?

Yes, the college offers extracurricular activities to students after school.

4. What is the total number of college grade levels or academic years?

DESC offers grade levels from Grade 6 to Grade 13 within the college.

5. What is the range of tuition fees charged by Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City?

 The tuition fee charged by Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City, ranges from AED 40,220 to AED 84,609. 

6. What is the KHDA Rating of Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City?

 Dubai English Speaking College has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by KHDA Rating.

7. Does the college have a cafeteria or canteen facility available within the campus?

A large café and eating area on campus serves Indian, Chinese, and Australian dishes to students.

8. What is the format of the academic calendar of Dubai English Speaking College, Academic City?

 The college calendar runs from August to December for the first term, January to March in the second term, and April to July for the third term.

9. What is the current number of teachers employed at the college?

 DESC has 157 teachers & 15 teaching assistants employed to teach in college

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