The Senior School Learning Journey


Your Senior School Learning Journey at Kent College Dubai

We are a British Curriculum school in Dubai. We pride ourselves on our wide offering of graduation pathways to suit the needs of each individual. Our Senior School graduation pathways include British A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and BTEC in Business, Sports or Performing Arts.

Age Bands shown here are merely estimates/guides, and will largely depend on a pupil’s birth date in relation to the start of a new academic year. As with all British Schools in Dubai, Senior School starts in Year 7 and runs through to Year 13. In Year 10 to 11 pupils complete their GCSEs. In Year 12 to 13 pupils can choose one of many graduation pathways such as British A Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), or a BTEC in Business, Sports or Performing Arts. Kent College Dubai is also a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate and pursuing authorization as an IB World School to offer the IBCP.

British Curriculum Schools divide their learning journey into stages: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Key Stage 5 is often referred to as the Sixth Form. Use the diagram below to see which year groups belong to which Key Stage. If you are new to the British Curriculum and are not sure of your child’s equivalency, please have a look at the table at the bottom of our Admissions page.


Please note:

  • Age bands are for guideline purposes only.
  • Year 6: Pupils begin study of their third language, which continues as they transition into Year 7 the following year. English and Arabic are compulsory, and a third can be chosen.
  • Year 9: At the end of Year 9 pupils will choose their GCSEs or iGCSEs for year 10 and 11. English, Science and Maths are compulsory, and an additional 4 subject options can be chosen.
  • Year 11: at the end of Year 11,pupils will decide whether to complete Year 12 and 13 with A Levels, IB or BTEC.

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Please explore this Senior School section of our website to learn more about what to expect from Senior School at Kent College Dubai. You can also explore more about our school’s ethos and history in the About Us and School Life sections of this website. We look forward to welcoming you to Kent College Dubai – please do get in touch with our Admissions team to come for a one-to-one tour of our World Class Facilities.


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IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary YearsProgramme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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