The Sixth Form at Dubai College prides itself on academic distinction, extra-curricular dedication and a strong pastoral network.
Those who put on the blue shirt for the first time are embarking on a two-year journey of great challenge and reward, and are joining a legion of great pedigree, an alumni and student body that boasts entrepreneurs, engineers and exceptional leaders in industry. Our students nourish a long-standing excellence in the interrelated spheres of academia, sport, creative arts and philanthropy, whilst also building their character to adapt to the pressures and demands of today’s world.
Our students are perhaps best known for their academic achievements. With the blue shirt comes greater freedom, an individual study bay in one of 20 self-contained tutor carrel areas and a sense of trust in students to manage their own time. We view A Levels as the gold standard of post-16 education and 61% of our grades this year were A/A*. A very high proportion of our students end up at their first choice university with 68% heading to the UK (around 80% of whom go to Russell Group universities) and a further 10-20% going to the USA. This is supported by our innovative Top University Preparation (TopUP) programme, a four-term initiative that fosters a culture of inquiry through subject-specific enrichment. An ever-increasing number of our students take part in the Extended Project Qualification, which is a year-long process of university-style independent research towards a title of their choosing. Watching their presentations is education at its finest.
We know that academic excellence is not enough. Every single one of our students also contributes in multiple ways to the vast array of extra-curricular activities, teams, clubs and societies, many of which are led by Sixth Formers. Our senior sportsmen and women have starred in a range of sports teams, resulting in our award as the best Sports School in the UAE on multiple occasions. Our Sixth Formers enjoy outstanding opportunities within the spheres of music, art, design, dance and drama, the countless hours of practice and rehearsal leading to staggering performances and productions throughout the year. Our Charity Committee co-ordinates multiple events including World Food Day, Shoe Box collections for labourers and the now legendary Music, Charity, Love.
Yet for all of these tried and tested, traditional trademarks of a top-performing Sixth Form, we also place a high value on the need to nurture the future. One-on-one personalised university interviews form the bedrock of this preparation, supported by an extensive pastoral programme. The Home Alone initiative develops skills and knowledge in preparation for life away from the comforts of Dubai. Each student is asked to prepare a Wednesday Project, wherein they teach an area of specialist knowledge or niche interest to their peers. Indeed, student leadership is very important to us. Sixth Formers lead the School Council, are liaisons and peer mentors to Lower School students and have developed and delivered a study skills programme for younger years.
In short, our Sixth Formers are extremely busy. Over the course of the two years, our students give up so much and they grow immensely; they are committed and inspirational in equal measure. These pages hopefully reveal a flavour of this thriving and dynamic environment, but the best way to get to know us a little better is to arrange a visit and to meet our students directly. They are our best ambassadors.
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