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The CurriculumExplained

The Sixth Form CurriculumIntroductionThis booklet has been designed to explain the different programs of study that we offer andprovides details of our courses which have been designed to enable all of our students toformulate a suitable programme of study according to their ability, individual interests and futuregoals.We offer a number of pathways in the Sixth Form, including traditional academic GCE Advancedlevels, a more vocational BTEC route, a combination of A level and BTECs and a Foundation Yearconsisting of Level 2 courses.The GCE Advanced LevelWe offer Advanced (A) levels in the majority of subject areas. The A level grades in thesesubjects are determined by examinations and assessments after two years of linear study.As a result, we have reviewed the structure of A level courses and have made the decision thatour students will no longer complete AS examinations at the end of Year 12. Instead we haveintroduced our own rigorous mid-course assessment process, which will form the basis of thestudents’ predicted grades and will act as an indicator of A level performance in the same way asthe AS results used to. The benefits of this approach include students receiving far more actualteaching time and a better overall chance of success in their A level examinations in Year 13.A Level Subjects for 2020/21Art PhotographyBusiness StudiesEconomicsFurther MathematicsLawPhysicsSpanishArtChemistryEnglish LanguageGeographyMathematicsPhysical EducationArabicComputer ScienceEnglish LiteratureHistoryMedia StudiesPoliticsBiologyDramaFrenchInformation TechnologyMusicPsychologyBTEC Diploma/Vocational CoursesIn addition to subjects available at Advanced Level, we are pleased to offer BTEC NationalDiplomas and BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas in a growing range of subjects. These qualificationsinvolve a different approach to assessment, where instead of terminal examinations there isongoing assessment of coursework. This educational pathway may be a more suitable Level 3course for some students, with the resultant grades having an equivalency to A levels in regard toUCAS points.BTEC/Vocational courses are typically two-year courses with no option of discontinuing thesubject at the end of Year 12 with a qualification. Our current courses are as follows:BTEC - Applied ScienceBTEC - Creative Media ProductionBTEC - Enterprise & EntrepreneurshipBTEC - Enterprise & EntrepreneurshipBTEC - HospitalityBTEC - SportBTEC - SportBTEC - Travel & TourismBTEC - Travel & TourismRSL - Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA)RSL - Music Practitioner ploma(1 A level equivalent)(2 A level equivalent)(1 A level equivalent)(2 A level equivalent)(1 A level equivalent)(1 A level equivalent)(2 A level equivalent)(1 A level equivalent)(2 A level equivalent)(1 A level equivalent)(1 A level equivalent)

The Sixth Form CurriculumAcademic Enrichment SubjectsIn addition to our A level and BTEC options that are on offer in our Sixth Form, we also offer arange of academic enrichment subjects, designed to allow students to extend their learning in anumber of areas. The academic enrichment subjects enable our students to gain an additionalAS level to support their applications for university.Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)For students who are interested in extending their knowledge of a specific subject we offer theEPQ. This qualification provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond anA level syllabus, and to prepare for university or their future career. Students have the choiceof writing a 5000 word dissertation with academic referencing or to construct an artefactaccompanied by a research paper. In either case, students learn advanced research skills aswell as being given the opportunity to conduct their own primary research. Students aresupported by a weekly lesson as well as regular meetings with a supervisor. With no set subjectareas; students have the opportunity to pursue their own subject interests and determine theirown title in conjunction with the EPQ Centre Coordinator.Mathematical StudiesMathematical Studies is a course designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. Thecontent that the students work through is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be appliedon a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and includes a financial maths element. The skillsdeveloped in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and inhigher education; Mathematical Studies will help students develop and maintain these essentialskills.AS PhilosophyThrough Philosophy, students explore, analyse and evaluate a variety of big questions whichhave preoccupied the greatest minds for centuries.In doing so, they develop precisemethodologies and a profound grasp of how to construct logical arguments. An ideal disciplineto teach intellectual rigour, it helps prepare students for the challenge of undergraduatethinking. The AS Philosophy course covers Epistemology: an exploration of the nature and limitsof knowledge; and Moral Philosophy: how we decide the meaning of good, bad, right andwrong?AS Music TechnologyMusic Technology covers all aspects of the music production process and the development ofmusic in the twentieth century. Students have the opportunity to develop their musical skills toa high level through the practice of creating music using technology and through listening andanalysing music from a wide range of sources.AS Modern LanguagesThere may be an opportunity to study an AS in French or Spanish as an additional enrichmentsubject.

Choosing an appropriate Academic PathwayWhat will students study?Most universities offer their places based on three subjects at A level or equivalent. This has beendue to a fundamental change in the A level structure with the majority of schools in the UK onlyoffering three A level subjects in Key Stage 5. As a result our students will select 3 subjects fromthe option columns listed in this booklet. Please note you can only select 1 subject per column.This will be either:Option 1:Three separate A level subjectsOption 2:Two separate A level subjects with one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 AlevelOption 3:One BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels) and one A level subjectOption 4One BTEC Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(equivalent to 1 A level).Option 5:3 BTEC Subsidiary DiplomasStudents can then decide whether to select an optional academic enrichment programme tosupplement their 3 subjects.It is essential that students choose 3 subjects in which they can attain academic success.Please note that students studying Further Mathematics must select Further Mathematics in OptionBlocks 1 & 4 together with one subject from Blocks 2 & 3.Recommended Entry Criteria for Individual Subjects.The minimum entry criteria to gain entrance onto a Level 3 pathway at DESC is five GCSE subjects atGrade 4 (Grade C) or above. Students who attain below this threshold will follow a Foundation Yearpathway. (See below).Students who typically attain 5 subjects at Grades 4 or 5 are often more suited to a BTEC/Vocationalcourse. We would normally recommend that a student attains a minimum of a Grade 6 at GCSE togain access onto an A level course. All entry criteria are used as a guide to ensure that a student willbe successful in a specific subject area.Certain subjects require higher GCSE grades to ensure success at A level. Mathematics, Biology,Chemistry and Physics require the minimum of a Grade 7 in Science and Mathematics at GCSE.Our knowledgeable and supportive Sixth Form Team will meet with students and parents to ensurethat all students are taking the most suitable courses for their ability and future aspirations.Foundation Year CourseDESC has a commitment to ensure an appropriate academic pathway for all of its students. Anystudent who struggles to gain the minimum entry criteria necessary to access Level 3 courses in Year12 (5 GCSE subjects at grade C or Grade 4 and above), will have the opportunity to join theFoundation Year course. This course includes the following qualifications: BTEC Level 2—Extended Certificate (equivalent to 2 GCSE grades) in either Business Studies orSport BTEC Level 2—Certificate (equivalent to 1 GCSE grade) in ICT Re-sit classes for GCSE English Language and Mathematics (if required) Individual mentoring sessions with a Personal Tutor Study Skills and Careers Coaching

Option BlocksOption Block 1Option Block 2Option Block 3Option Block 4A Level SubjectsArt PhotographyArtBusiness StudiesArabicBiologyBiologyChemistryArtBusiness StudiesBusiness StudiesComputer ScienceBiologyChemistryChemistryEconomicsBusiness StudiesEconomicsComputer ScienceEnglish LiteratureEconomicsEnglish LanguageDramaGeographyFurther MathematicsEnglish LiteratureEnglish LanguageHistoryHistoryFurther storyMusicMedia StudiesMathematicsInformation TechnologyPhysicsPhysical dia StudiesSpanishPsychologyPhysicsVocational CoursesBTEC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (EE)Diploma (2 A level equivalent)BTEC Creative Media ProductionDiploma (2 A level equivalent)BTEC Travel & Tourism (TT)Diploma (2 A level equivalent)BTEC SportDiploma (2 A level equivalent)BTEC EESubsidiary DiplomaBTEC TTSubsidiary DiplomaBTEC SportSubsidiary DiplomaBTEC Applied ScienceSubsidiary DiplomaMusic Practitioner (MUSPRA)Subsidiary DiplomaBTEC HospitalitySubsidiary DiplomaCreative & Performing Arts(CAPA) Subsidiary DiplomaOptional Enrichment SubjectsEPQEPQEPQEPQMathematical StudiesMathematical StudiesMathematical StudiesMathematical StudiesAS PhilosophyAS FrenchAS SpanishAS Music Technology* Please note that students studying Further Maths will select Further Maths in Option Blocks 1and 4 together with a subject in Block 2 & Block 3.

Choosing the right subjects for future careersChoosing the right subjects for your future aspirationsThere are particular subjects which may be required or expected for entry to certain degreecourses. These requirements may change as universities adjust their expectations, and onlyindividual university websites should be considered authoritative.At present the following guidelines should be borne in mind: Natural Science: Mathematics plus at least two of the three sciences advised Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science: Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology strongly advised Pharmacy: Chemistry and Biology are strongly advised Engineering: Mathematics and Physics required, Further Mathematics is very useful Computing: Mathematics is required, Computer Science is useful Psychology: Usually two sciences are advised, but entry via arts subjects is possible Economics: Mathematics is strongly advised Business Studies, Management: Mathematical Studies is helpful but not essential Architecture: Either Mathematics or Physics is useful, and an art portfolio is essential Foreign languages: Two languages are desirable but not essential Law: History is a good facilitating subject, but other A levels at the highest grade areacceptable Journalism: English Language is strongly advised, however English Literature, Media orPsychology are useful Sports Science: Physical Education is required. Biology, Chemistry or Psychology are useful International Relations: Politics and History are mainly required. English Language is useful Physiotherapy: Biology is essential and a second science highly desirable (includesMathematics) Music: Music A level essential and a minimum of Grade 7 in an instrument. Drama/Performing Arts: English Literature and/or Drama and Theatre Studies (history ofperformances and/or portfolio of relevant work)Further details about all of our courses can be found in our Subject Booklet publication.

Application ProcessAdmissions to the Sixth Form from current DESC students:All internal students must complete an online Sixth Form Intentions Form by Wednesday 11thDecember 2019. Following their Sixth Form Guidance Interview they must then complete theirfinal online Sixth Form Confirmation Form by Thursday 13th February 2020.When the offer of a place is made by the College, a non-refundable deposit of AED 5,000 must bepaid within 7 working days of the date of the offer letter. The AED 5,000 deposit will then bededucted from the first term’s fee.All offers of Sixth Form places are unconditional, as DESC will guarantee to find a suitableacademic pathway for all students who are offered a place.To access Level 3 courses, students must attain the minimum of 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 (GradeC) or above. There are specific entry criteria to gain access onto A level courses, please seeChoosing an Appropriate Academic Pathway for further details.Students must confirm that they are taking up their place in the Sixth Form by 3pm UAE time onThursday 20th August 2020 (GCSE Results Day) otherwise the place may be re-allocated to anotherstudent.Admissions to the Sixth Form from other secondary schools:A completed online application form and a non-refundable Application Fee of AED 525 (inclusiveof VAT) must be submitted by Thursday 30th January 2020. Applications made after this date willstill be considered, however, preference will be given to students who apply before this date.Supporting documentation, including a copy of the most recent school report and a letter ofrecommendation from the Headteacher/Head of Year needs to be provided along with theapplication form. All students are required to attend a formal interview to allow the College tomake a final decision regarding the offer of a place in the Sixth Form.If the offer of a place is made by the College, a non-refundable deposit of AED 8,525 must be paidwithin 7 working days of the date of the offer letter, this includes a non-refundable enrolment fe