In Term 2 of Year 11, students will be guided into choosing a suitable course of study for their General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) courses in Years 10 and 11.
The General Certificate of Education Advanced Level more commonly known as an A Level, is a school leaving qualification offered by schools in the United Kingdom (or UK Curriculum Schools globally) to students completing secondary or pre-university education. Obtaining A’ Levels or equivalent qualifications such as the IB Diploma or Advanced Placements are generally required for university entrance.
Currently A Levels are usually completed over two years and split into two parts, with one part studied in each year. The first part is known as the Advanced Subsidiary Level, A1 Level or AS Level. The second part is known as the A2 Level and is more in depth and academically rigorous than the A1 Level. Recently government changes have resulted in Advanced Level exams being tested in a more synoptic fashion at the end of Year 13. In essence A Levels will be studied through a two year linear course. It is expected that the majority of students will opt for three A Level subjects, although for some it may be possible to complete four. Most Universities base their offers on a three A Level programme of study.
At the end of KS4 all Year 11 students are free to select three (and sometimes four) A Level subjects they wish to pursue. It is the norm that students opt for the subjects that they are most interested in and will advance them to a University course of their choosing. The option choices available will be offered in Term 3 to the Year 11 students and advice via lessons, PSHE sessions and a detailed options booklet will be provided to support student choices.
It is anticipated that Jebel Ali School will offer the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus, French, Spanish, Arabic, Geography, History, Economics, Business Studies, Psychology, Computer Studies, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama and Physical Education.