British Curriculum

British Curriculum

The English national curriculum is a structure that schools use to make sure teaching and learning are balanced and consistent.

Within this structure, schools are free to plan and organize teaching and learning in the way that best meets the needs of their pupils.

Key Features

  • Foundation – Early Years FS1/Pre-KG – FS 2/KG 1
  • Key Stage 1 (Primary) – Year 1/KG 2 – Year 3/Grade 2
  • Key Stage 2 (Primary) – Year 4/Grade 3 – Year 6/Grade 5
  • Key Stage 3 (Secondary) – Year 7/Grade 6 – Year 9/Grade 8
  • Key Stage 4 (Secondary-IGCSE) – Year 10/Grade 9 – Year 11/Grade 10
  • Key Stage 5 (Secondary – AS & A Level) –Year 12/Grade 11-Year 13/Grade 12

Graduation Requirements

GCSE/IGCSE (Year 11/Grade 10)

Students must pass at least 5 subjects from the list of 21 subjects (attached) with a minimum of E-Grade

Compulsory Examinations

GCSE/IGCSE Examinations take place at the end of Year 11/Grade 10

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level Exams at the end of Year 12/Grade 11

Advanced (A) level Exams at the end of Year 13/Grade 12

AS & A Levels (Year 12 & 13/Grade 11 & 12)

Minimum of 3-4 AS Level subjects and 3 A level subjects required for University entrance.

How does a student achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Equivalency)?

In order to achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma a student must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Achieve at least 5 GCSEs (at Grade E or above) from the prescribed list of 21 subjects. A student is free to choose other GCSE subjects (not from the specified list) but these will not count towards the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma.
  2. Achieve (again from the specified list of 21 subjects) either
    • Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Levels in Year 12 at Grade D or better or;
    • Advanced (A) Level in Year 13 at Grade D or better
  3. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic Studies exam in Year 12. This can be taken as either Native Arabic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Arabic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
  4. In addition to the 3 sections above, there is a 4th section which is only applicable to Muslim students:
  5. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Islamic Studies exam in Year 12. This can be taken as either Native Islamic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Islamic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).