A Levels

Welcome from the Head of Senior School 

International Baccalaureate IB World Schools TimWelcome to the Sixth Form at Kent College Dubai. We are one of the best British Curriculum and Top IB Schools in Dubai, and as such, the Sixth Form (year 12 and 13) represents the pinnacle of your school career with us. Our Sixth Formers play an integral role in the school – they are seen as role models, and their leading by example sets the tone for what makes our school so unique: we believe in a whole-student education, and so as much as a strong academic program is at the heart of Sixth Form life, our offering extends far beyond academics. We have a wide offering of Extracurricular Activities (ECAs) that enable students to develop skills that build character, build confidence, help them to practice leadership skills, and will ultimately make them future-ready and world-ready. 

Kent College Dubai unlocks the individual potential in each and every child. We provide performance guidance and pathways that are as unique as the pupils that attend this school. By the time pupils graduate from Kent, they are internationally-minded adults that see themselves as global citizens. They are confident in their opinions, have the courage to stand by their convictions, hold previous generations accountable for their actions, and are confident to be catalysts for change into the future. KCD students know that they hold the future in their hands, and they do not shy away from the weight of this responsibility, because they know that they are equipped with all that’s required for life in an ever-changing world; they are inquirers, principled, open-minded, risk-takers, knowledgeable, thinkers that are caring and balanced. 

Kent College Dubai is a leading provider of a wide range of graduation pathways; from British A levels and BTEC vocational qualifications to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). We know that every student learns in a different way, and we believe that offering these multiple pathways allows each student the opportunity to challenge their individual strengths and abilities in the way that suits them best. 

Tim Hollis – Head of Senior School

Kent College Dubai Sixth Form at a glance: 

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Years 12 & 13 (Sixth form) A Level Syllabus

Kent College Dubai is a British school in Dubai offering a wide range of A level subjects. Teachers’ expectations of pupils are high. At the same time, staff are aware of the need to support those for whom A-level work is a challenge, and are always willing to offer one-to-one help. Working conditions are disciplined but flexible, class sizes are small, and pupils are encouraged to organise their own learning as far as possible. Kent College Canterbury is one of the top 50 UK independent schools for the percentage of pupils achieving A*- B grades at A-levels. Following in the steps of its sister school, Kent College Dubai also offers its Sixth-form pupils an environment that enables them to achieve their best possible grades.

There is more detailed information about the courses on offer on the KCD Options Website.

Entry for Sixth form
The standard entry requirement for A-level study at Kent College is four B/Level 6 grades and two C/Level 5 grades at GCSE, two of which must be in English Language (First language) and Mathematics.

You will be expected to have gained a minimum of a B Level 6 grade in each A level subject you wish to study. Some subjects may have further requirements; please refer to the Sixth Form Curriculum booklet for more specific information.

Subjects offered for A-level

In addition to the subjects below, Physical Education and Tutor Time are compulsory elements of the Sixth Form Curriculum.


Art & Design


Business Studies


Design Technology



English Literature





Further Mathematics


Physical Education




Choosing the right course for you:

We aim to be the best British Senior School in Dubai, and as such we offer multiple graduation pathways for our Sixth Form Students including A Levels, the IB Diploma Programme and BTEC in Sports, Business or Performing Arts. Herewith a side-by-side comparison of our offerings. We also have a Careers Counsellor who can help you to make this choice based on what you plan to do after school:

A LevelIB DiplomaBTEC
Pupils specialise in their chosen area of study, focusing only on their preferred subjects.Pupils gain a breadth of knowledge across the languages, social sciences, sciences, maths, and the arts.Pupils specialise in their chosen area of study, through vocational training and assessment.
Most pupils study four subjects in Year 12, and can reduce to three by Year 13.All pupils study six subjects and the DP core  over two years, three at higher level and three at standard level.Most pupils complete a Level 3 BTEC, which can be equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A levels, depending on the number of units covered.
Pupils can expand their subject offering with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This can be in the form of a dissertation, investigation, performance or artefact.The core subjects are the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and the Creativity, Action, and Service programme (CAS). They support the development of links between the subject groups.Pupils can manage their BTEC qualification easily due to its modular makeup, and they are encouraged to  take advantage of the Sports Leaders Award, CAS and EPQ. 
Although there is no formal requirement for their academic programme, all A Level pupils take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.Through the CAS programme, pupils focus on personal development beyond the classroom through acts of creativity, service, and physical activity.Although there is no formal requirement for their academic programme, all BTEC pupils take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.
A-Levels are graded from A*-U.The IB Diploma is awarded out of a maximum of 45 points, with 7-1 points per subject, and ToK and EE count for 3 points.BTEC qualifications are marked from Distinction* to Pass.


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