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British Curriculum in Dubai

Dubai English Speaking School is a high achieving 11-18 institution that studies British Curriculum in Dubai. Based in Academic City we are perfectly placed to take students from all over Dubai.

British curriculum in Dubai

The British curriculum at DESC has been consistently described as ‘outstanding’ by both the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) and British Schools Overseas (BSO)

We follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales and students are split into the following Key Stages:

Key Stage 3:  Year 7 to Year 9 students 

Key Stage 4:  Year 10 and Year 11 students 

Key Stage 5:  Year 12 and 13 students, also know as Sixth Form


British Curriculum in Dubai

In Key Stage 3 students study the following subjects;

Arabic, Art & Design, Design & Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) & Computing, Islamic Studies (for Muslim students only), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Spanish, and Getting Ready for Our World (GROW) and Living Independently Forever (LIFE).


In Key Stage 4 students select subjects to study and follow the GCSE examination specifications.

In Key stage 5 students study AS and A level GCE examinations and BTEC. For further information about the DESC Sixth Form click HERE

The examination boards we currently use are:

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Teaching and Learning

Since DESC opened in 2005, developing high-quality Teaching and Learning has been central to the core aims of the Leadership Team. There have been several impressive initiatives over the years to provide teachers with information and support to teach consistently excellent lessons. The vision of the school is central to Teaching and Learning at DESC: it appears at the heart of our Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) and provides the structure for the key components necessary for excellence.

Teachers carefully plan student-centred, interactive lessons that are appropriately challenging for all learners. In order for students to be fully prepared for life after their time at DESC, they must develop their learning and thinking skills as well as a deep understanding of the curriculum. The development of Four to Grow, based around our key concepts of Dare, Excel, Share, Create has been specifically designed to equip students with these skills.

More information can be found on our Teaching and Learning Page