What is different about the Dubai College Sixth Form?

 

As a school we champion four interrelated educational spheres: the philanthropic, the sporting, the creative and the academic. The Dubai College Sixth Form is in the first instance an extension of that philosophy. So far so familiar.

 

Our charities committee, however, is more akin to a small scale NGO than a lunchtime club, the amount we raise per year for our chosen charities is hugely impressive and the student led structure is professionally organised with a coherent hierarchy that oversees relevant subcommittees. Students in the charity committee do not simply raise money through bake sales, they make a tangible and lasting impact on the lives of others.

 

Dubai College also has an enviable sporting reputation both within Dubai and beyond. Its senior teams have been very successful for a number of years in numerous sports whilst they have toured extensively both in Asia and beyond. Although we have enjoyed high profile success in rugby, netball, football and cricket the diversity of our sporting Sixth Form has ensured excellence in basketball, swimming, athletics and water polo. We are now seeking talented individuals who can contribute to our successful sporting future. Website Sports Link

 

Within the creative arts we have outstanding opportunities for music, art, dance, drama and design. One of our Year 12 students is the current Young Musician of the Gulf, an event which we hosted last year, whilst several of our current and recent students were also awarded the runner up and section prizes. The number of concerts produced on an annual basis and the level of commitment required by musicians often leads the school to be dubbed Dubai Music College, a moniker which we gladly bear.

 

The staggering exam results in the art department speak volumes about the teaching on offer in this subject as does the number of students who opt for art foundation over traditional degrees on an annual basis. Dance and drama also form an integral part of our programme with productions covering a broad spectrum of genres ranging from musical (Showtime) through Shakespearean (The Tempest) to contemporary (A Dream Play). The work produced by the Dubai College Design Technology Department is regularly used by the UK exam board as exemplars of what can be achieved in the subject and also testifies to the opportunities available within DT. Website Examination Results Link

 

It is their performance within the academic sphere for which Dubai College students are probably best known, however, with 65.7% of them achieving A* or A grades at A Level in 2016; a figure that is unmatched in the region. Dubai College’s A Level performance was comparable to the 7th best coeducational state school in the UK and in comparison to coeducational independent schools we would be ranked 17th this year. In fact were we to be included in the UK league tables we would be ranked 14th versus all state schools and 41st against all schools according to The Telegraph. As a consequence around 40% of our Sixth Form students apply for Oxbridge, Veterinary, Medical and Dentistry courses in the UK as well as the top ranked colleges in the USA and the rest of the world on an annual basis.

 

It is for these reasons which Dubai College claims to be different. We do not simply offer a broad curriculum for our students rather our students distinguish themselves in this broad range of curricular and extra-curricular activities and they are the ones who drive the school forwards. Website Sixth Form Curriculum Link

 

If you would like to be part of the next cohort of Dubai College Sixth Formers to lead the school over the coming two years we would love to hear from you. Website Admissions Documents and Application Form Link

 

Year 12 Guide to Preparing for University

 

Applying to university in Year 13 may seem comfortably far off; however, what students do in Year 12 can significantly ease the burden of the application process in Year 13. Certain elements recommended below are advisable and others are essential. Please read through the following document carefully and set a plan in motion.

 

Research Your Course

Many of you will already have some idea what you want to study at university and perhaps even know where you want to apply. Others will just be pleased to have found a programme of four AS-levels which you can study; either way you should familiarise yourself with the website www.ucas.com which is the central location for all applications to UK universities. The UCAS website contains details of all courses which can be studied at UK universities as well as information on which universities offer those courses.

 

Talk to the Year 13s

They may not let you into the Common Room for the first few weeks, however, they are actually a friendly bunch who have been through this process of subject and university selection and may be able to offer you some guidance.

 

e-Mentor

Dubai College has produced thousands of successful students over the past 35 years or so. As a consequence it is likely that someone somewhere has studied your course at your chosen university and may be able to offer you some advice. Come to the Sixth Form office and speak to Mr Lambert or Mr Tate and ask them to give you details of any recent students from DC whom you might be able to contact.

 

Reading

The key word which comes up again and again when universities are asked about the qualities they look for in a potential student is passion. One of the easiest (and most crucial) ways of demonstrating this passion is to read around your chosen subject in Year 12 so that you can include details of this outside reading when you come to write your personal statement in Year 13. Speak to your Head of Department or to the librarian for suggested reading. You should aim to read at least two books about your subject which expand your knowledge beyond the content of your AS level syllabus.

 

National and International Events and Competitions

A simple search on Google will alert you to the vast array of essay competitions, Olympiads and other national and international events specifically targeted at secondary school students. If you were to enter (or even better win) such a competition, it would again amply demonstrate your passion and commitment to your chosen subject.

 

These are just some examples:

 

Languages

Stephen Spender – poetry in translation competition (sponsored by The Times newspaper)

 

Maths

British Mathematical Olympiad

Physics/Engineering

F1 in Schools

 

Biology

British Biology Olympiad

 

Chemistry

UK Chemistry Olympiad

 

Geography

Young Geographer of the Year (run by the Royal Geographical Society)

 

History

The Robert Robson History Essay Prize (run by Trinity College, Cambridge)

 

English

Thomas Campion English Prize (run by Peterhouse College, Cambridge)

 

Drama

Arthur Cotterell Theatre Playwriting Competition (run by Kingston College)

 

 

Take to your Head of Department about the opportunity to enter these and other such competitions within school.

 

Work Experience

For those of you considering careers in Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and other such vocational degrees the quality and quantity of your work experience really does matter. To be able to include details of this in your personal statement in September next year, you will need to have completed this in Year 12.

 

Residential Courses

A famous sociological study in the 1970s sought to understand why working class school children underperformed middle class school children in the UK. The results were interesting. In actual fact working class children made the same or better progress as middle class children during term time, but the opportunities for broader education offered by middle class parents during the holidays meant that these children continued to learn during the long school vacations thus overtaking their work class peers and given them an added advantage each term.

 

The long summer holiday is a prime opportunity to enrol on the plethora of residential courses which are often hosted at UK schools and universities. Again Google is an excellent place to start, as will be your Head of Department.

 

Sixth Form Office Guidance

Please come to the Sixth Form office at any stage during the course of the year to discuss your plans. Equally use tracking time with your tutor to discuss your options. There will be a Higher Education evening in November during which we will be going into the finer details of the application process to UK universities (including Oxbridge), US universities (including Ivy League) as well as European universities such as Maastricht and Copenhagen, many of which achieve higher rankings than the Top 10 UK universities and much, much cheaper. In addition to this keep your eyes peeled for a series of ‘How to . . .’ guides which will be periodically uploaded onto the Sixth Form section of the school website.

 

We hope you find this guide useful and please feel free to drop in to the Sixth Form office at any stage.

 

Yours

 

Mr B Trivic

Head of Sixth Form

 

Mr J Tate

Deputy Head of Sixth Form

 

Mrs K Derrick

Deputy Head of Sixth Form