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The Curriculum


Whatever your academic ability or future career aspirations, we have an academic pathway for you here at Dubai English Speaking College Sixth Form. This booklet provides you with the information relating to the range of educational pathways that are available in the Sixth Form at DESC.

The courses that we offer are designed to enable all of our students to formulate a suitable programme of study according to their ability, individual interests and future goals. We offer a number of pathways in the Sixth Form, including traditional academic GCE Advanced levels, a more vocational BTEC route, a combination of A level and BTECs, and a Foundation Year consisting of Level 2 courses.

GCE Advanced Level

We offer Advanced (A) levels in the majority of subject areas.  The A level grade in all subjects is determined by examinations and assessments after two years of study. 

As a result, we have reviewed the structure of A level courses and have made the decision that our students will no longer complete AS examinations at the end of Year 12.  Instead we have introduced our own rigorous mid-course assessment process, which will form the basis of the students’ predicted grades and will act as an indicator of A level performance in the same way as the AS results used to. The benefits of this approach mean that students will receive far more actual teaching time and a better overall chance of success in their A level examinations in Year 13.

A level subjects for 2019/2020

Art PhotographyArtArabicAS Maths
BiologyBusiness StudiesChemistryComputer Science
DramaEconomicsEnglish LanguageEnglish Literature
FrenchFurther MathematicsGeographyHistory
Information TechnologyLawMathematicsMedia studies
MusicMusic TechnologyPhysicsPhysical Education

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We also offer the EPQ for those students who are interested in extending their knowledge of a specific subject. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond an A level syllabus, and to prepare for university or their future career. The EPQ also provides additional UCAS points as it is worth half an A level, improving a student’s chances of gaining a place at University.

BTEC Diploma/Vocational Courses

In addition to subjects available at Advanced Level, we are pleased to offer BTEC National Diplomas in a range of subjects. These qualifications involve a different approach to assessment, where instead of terminal examinations, there is an ongoing assessment of coursework. This educational pathway may be a more suitable Level 3 course for some students, with the resultant grades having an equivalency to A levels in regard to UCAS points.

BTEC/Vocational courses are typically two-year courses with no option of discontinuing the subject at the end of Year 12 with a qualification. Our courses are as follows:

  • Applied Science (1 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC – Hospitality (1 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC – Entrepreneurship & Enterprise (2 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC – Sport (2 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC – Travel & Tourism (2 A level equivalent)
  • BTEC – Creative Media Production (2 A level equivalent)

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