WELCOME TO THE SIXTH FORM
We, at Dubai Scholars aim to provide a stimulating, intellectual and supportive environment for our students to achieve their very best. Our highly motivated and dedicated teaching staff encourage independent investigation, discussion and debate, backed up by appropriate resources and a comprehensive curriculum. We strive to ensure that all our students leave our Sixth Form with everything they need to face the challenges of the future as confident and independent young adults.
Most quality universities cannot admit students directly from Year 11 because the first year of their undergraduate programmes start at a significantly higher academic level. Such universities, when admitting students from the British education system, will require them to have completed additional Sixth Form qualifications before they can be admitted.
Sixth Form, so-called because it historically followed the fifth year of secondary level education, is the collective term for Year 12 (the Lower Sixth) and Year 13 (the Upper Sixth). In addition to providing students with thorough preparation for Pearson Edexcel AS and A2 unit examinations, the Sixth Form at Dubai Scholars Pvt. School aims to bridge the gap between the levels of academic and social maturity of students finishing Year 11 and the levels required by top universities worldwide. The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that you achieved in GCSE/International GCSE Science. You will need at least a GCSE/IGCSE grade B in your choice of subjects.
STRUCTURE OF SIXTH FORM QUALIFICATIONS
What do A-level, AS and A2 mean?
A-level means Advanced level and refers to the overall qualification.
The International A-level consists of two stages called AS and A2. AS stands for Advanced Subsidiary level. Students who complete the correct pattern of AS level units (usually 2 or 3 units at this level, depending on the subject) will be awarded an AS-level certificate or can continue the subject at A2.
A2 refers to the final stage of International A-levels. Students who have successfully completed AS units in a subject move on to do A2 units, which are of a higher standard. Completing the correct sequence of units at both AS and A2 level means you have finished a full International A-level in a subject. University entrance is at the discretion of the university based on your AS and A2 grades.
In Year 12, students typically study four Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) subjects. In Year 13, students typically take three of their AS Level subjects forward to a higher level, known as A2. Some students also broaden their studies by taking an additional AS Level subject in Year 13. AS and A2 unit examinations are held in May or June.
Compatible AS units may be combined (a process known as cashing in) to complete certifiable AS Level qualifications. Compatible AS plus A2 units may be cashed in to complete certifiable Advanced Level (A Level) qualifications.
Statements of provisional examination results are released in August. Certificates of final qualification results are issued in October.
- Choosing Your A-level Subjects; If you can’t decide which subjects to take, there are some key factors which you should take into account. The most important things to consider are
- Your enjoyment of the subject
- Where your strengths lie
- Your future career plans
- Ability to get a strong grade. Remember, you will be studying these subjects over the course of two years. It’s essential that you do your research before selecting your A-level subjects to make sure you’ve made the right choice for yourself. Don’t just follow subjects your mates pick so you can stick with the same group, be adventurous and grab the chance to meet new people
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The Sixth Form Executive Committee are high caliber students, they form an integral part of the student council.
Sixth Formers are expected to be effective ambassadors for the school and to help with a range of activities, from charity week to prefect duties. Our experience shows that Sixth Formers respond well to these expectations and fulfil their tasks with good humour and consideration for others.
The Sixth Form Executive Committee comprises a President, Vice President & Executive Members who are supported by the other student council members. Students apply for positions and are interviewed by the Head of School/ Senior Leadership Team and Head of Student Support Services. The views of staff and their peer group are also considered. Final decisions are made by the school.
At Dubai Scholars we expect our Sixth Form students to be leaders of our school community, engaged in student-lead activities and providing role models for the younger students. Our students who have successfully completed their Sixth form have been entered into some of the most renowned institutions throughout the world. Visit the alumni placement page to see the list of institutes where our students have successfully acquired higher studies after completing their Sixth Form at Dubai Scholars.
Students are given opportunities to participate in a number of projects both inside and outside of school.
The students participate in a number of activities, including Parent Forums, Student Led Conferences, the DS Internship Programme, School Tours, School Clubs etc. Participating in such programmes/activities create number of opportunities for our students to gain valuable experiences in preparation for university, apprenticeships or employment.
Sixth Form students are encouraged to support & teach the younger year groups. Eg: (Math PALS– Buddy Tutoring Programme).
A-levels are a lot tougher than IGCSEs
The reason you take a particular subject at A-levels will come down to one (or more) of these three scenarios (usually): you need it to pursue a particular career; it’s a subject you enjoy and are good at; or it’s a subject you’ve not studied before but you think will suit you.
Either way, be prepared for a big jump in the level of difficulty when you transition from IGCSE to AS-level (or any other Advanced level qualification for that matter). You’ll also see differences in the way you’re taught and in what is expected of you.
Making the jump from IGCSEs to A-levels