Curriculum Overview

Sixth Form


GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail is a British Curriculum School that offers A Level, International A Level and BTEC International qualifications during Post 16 education. We offer over 30 subjects which are taught by experienced and specialist iBTEC and A Level teachers from the UK. 

Small class sizes mean that students benefit from very personalised teaching and support as well as bespoke and tailored pathways for all our students.

Students also benefit from daily access to our qualified and experienced full time Careers, Transition and University Advisor Counsellor, Mrs Amanda Jewell. Amanda is a true expert in her field and has over 20 years of experience working with students in Dubai, helping them to find the right pathways every step of the way. 

A Level 

A Levels are recognised and respected by universities and employers as the ‘academic gold standard’ of international qualifications around the globe. They strongly support entry into traditional professions such as medicine and engineering, and with the right combinations of subjects also provide high levels of flexibility for individuals who are still deciding on a specific university course and career pathway.  

International A Level (IAL) 

International A levels are also recognised by all the top universities worldwide. International A levels are similar to A levels but have a more flexible, modular structure than A levels and the syllabus content is designed to have greater international relevance.  

Students will study a minimum of three and a maximum of four A or IALs subjects in both Year 12 and Year 13. 

BTEC International Level 3 Qualifications  

The BTEC International Level 3 is in tune and up-to date with the latest content relating to industries such as Technology, Biomedical Science and Business, Sport and Performing Arts. The heart of the qualification focuses on students putting their learning into practice. They learn through real-life scenarios, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in whatever progression path students choose in the future.  

The UK exam board (Pearson) has worked with employers to develop these qualifications, to help ensure that the BTEC International Level 3 is recognised by employers, universities and Ministries of Education around the world. As well as U.K. universities, BTEC International Level 3 qualifications are endorsed by universities in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, opening up even more opportunities and progression pathways for your students. Students are able to combine their studies with A Levels, progress to higher education, or start their careers with life-long transferable skills. The flexible structure of iBTECs allows students to explore sectors before deciding their future path. The courses are international, so if personal circumstances change during a BTEC course, students can continue studying in a different country. 

Ministry of Education Curriculum for Muslim and Arab Students 

The Year 12 timetable for Muslim students also includes two compulsory lessons of Islamic Education. Students registered under Arab passports will study Arabic for three lessons per week and complete the Ministry of Education curriculum and subsequent internal assessments.   

What makes our curriculum different?  

Our approach to the curriculum is very different to that of other schools in the UAE. We begin year 12 by building a personalised and individual support system that provides the best possible platform for students’ success. Our philosophy here at the Academy is centered on the development of the whole child ensuring they can not only succeed in the real world but thrive in it.  

In year 12, our students embark on our Academy education and life skills programme that helps our students to develop life skills and an aptitude to face every day extraordinary situations with more confidence, accelerates academic performance and helps the school to promote the social, moral, cultural and spiritual development in all our students. We are proud in knowing that this programme ensures our students develop the qualities that they need to flourish in their chosen pathway and beyond both in higher education and the world of work. 


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