A Levels

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 in the Sixth Form Curriculum booklet.

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.

Choose 4 subjects from
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 Counsellors that can help you to make this choice based on what you plan to do after school:

A LevelIB DiplomaBTEC (Sports, Business or Performing Arts)
Students specialise in their chosen area of study, focusing only on their preferred subjects.Students gain a breadth of knowledge across the languages, social sciences, sciences, maths, and the arts.Students specialise in their chosen area of study, through vocational training and assessment.
Most students study four subjects in Year 12, and can reduce to three by Year 13.All students study six subjects and the DP core  over two years, three at higher level and three at standard level.Most students complete a Level 3 BTEC, which can be equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A levels, depending on the number of units covered.
Students 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.Students 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 students take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.Through the CAS programme, students 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 students take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.
A-Levels are graded from A*-U.BTEC qualifications are marked from Distinction* to Pass.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.


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