Secondary School

The aim of our curriculum is to provide a challenging course of study with high standards that will make the students responsible learners who can not only work collaboratively, but also be accountable for their own academic and developmental progress. Students will graduate as lifelong learners who will make valuable contributions to society. The graduates will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to empower their success in our diverse and interdependent world. Students in Year 7 and Year 8 follow a common curriculum designed to provide a broad and balanced knowledge base and learning skills appropriate to high achieving students. In the year 7 & 8, students choose one language (French, Hindi or Urdu). In addition to the full range of National Curriculum subjects, students study PSHE, Art and Design and Technology.

Year 7 & Year 8

We offer a wide range of subjects and a choice of Languages in Year 7 & 8. The table below shows this.

Numbers in brackets are the number of periods per subject per week.

Year 7 Year 8
Mathematics (6) Mathematics (5)
English (6) English (6)
Science (4) Science (Bio/Chem/Physics) (6)
History (3) History (3)
Geography (3) Geography (3)
Art & Design (2) Art & Design (2)
Information Technology (3) Information Technology (3)
Arabic (4) Arabic (4)
Islamic Studies/PSHE (2) Islamic Studies/PSHE (2)
Library (1) Library (1)
Form (1) Form (1)
Physical Education (2) Physical Education (2)
Language (Hindi/French/Urdu) (2) Language (Hindi/French/Urdu) (2)

Year 9, 10, 11 (IGCSE)

In Year 9, 10, 11 we work with parents and students to help them become architects of their own curriculum pathways ensuring that students make the right choices and right combination for them as an individual. Advice and guidance is offered by staff to both parents and students on an on-going basis. Students can choose from our broad and evolving range of options which includes the Arts, Languages and Humanities. Most students sit 8 IGCSEs and all students study Mathematics, English language and literature and Information and Communication Technology and are expected to include in their five options subjects a Science or Humanity.

The table below gives further details of these choices.

Compulsary Subjects
(all students)
5 of the subjects below each having four periods per week
Mathematics Biology History
English Language & English Literature Chemistry Geography
Non Examined: Physics Environmental Management
Islamic Studies Accounting Art & Design
Arabic Business Studies French
Physical Education Economics Urdu
Child Development Arabic
Sociology Islamiyat
Travel & Tourism

Note: Students choose at least one of these subjects.

The three year programme supports higher attainment and higher IGCSE grades that will open up additional opportunities as students apply to top universities.

Year 12, 13 AS/A Level

The DGPS A Level curriculum is a unique combination of elements which together will provide you with an excellent preparation for entry to university, and for life beyond it. At Dubai Gem Private School, AS Level students can choose from a uniquely flexible menu of courses, allowing them to select the most appropriate options. Unlike many schools, we do not start with a pre-determined list of options, but design our timetable afresh each year in order to accommodate the wishes of students. Although no guarantee can be given that every choice of subjects will be accessible, we are usually able to provide most students with their first preferences.

We expect that all students who choose to study in the Year 12 at DGPS will have achieved an A /B grade at IGCSE in their chosen A Level. In addition, for subjects that you did not take at IGCSE, you will need to show that you have researched the course content and are clear about why you want to take the subject. In all instances, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss your entry onto the course with the Head of Department of that subject.

Most students choose four subjects for AS level and continue with three of these subjects to A2.

Each of the subjects, listed in blocks, is taught for seven periods per week.
Islamic Studies is compulsory for Muslim students
Arabic (optional)

Subjects available:

  • Art & Design
  • Accounting
  • AICT
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Management (AS only)
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

 Note 1: If the numbers for any given subject are too small, we may not be able to run the course. You will be notified as soon as possible.

Note 2: The courses listed here are available during the academic year indicated, but no guarantee can be given about their future availability.