Welcome to Sixth Form at Dubai English Speaking College
Sixth Form at Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) is a special place to study and work. We have developed a highly regarded reputation for the quality of our teaching and learning and have chosen to place ourselves at the forefront of educational development, whilst maintaining traditional values.
Our success is built on the foundation of the partnerships we create between our students, staff and parents, to maximise the life chances of the young people in our care. Our vision is to nurture independent, confident and resilient learners who respond to challenge and aspire to reach their full potential. DESC is committed to developing self-worth, mutual respect and the intrinsic enjoyment of learning. We aim to give every young person at DESC an education fit for the challenges of the 21st Century.
These are exciting times for the Sixth Form at Dubai English Speaking College. With the opening of our purpose built Sixth Form Centre, we are now able to provide independent learning spaces for private and collaborative study, together with extensive communal social areas, a large food court, a Zen garden and yoga studio. The Sixth Form Centre has been created to give our students a university style experience.
Our Sixth Form at Dubai English Speaking College is vibrant and dynamic, with our students achieving higher grades than ever before over a broader range of subjects. Whatever your academic ability or future career aspirations, we have an academic pathway for you here at Dubai English Speaking College Sixth Form. We offer a comprehensive range of A level courses, the opportunity to follow a more vocational pathway with a range of BTEC qualifications and a Foundation Year course for students who need to consolidate their Level 2 qualifications.
Roger Hancock, Assistant Headteacher
Exceptional Teaching and Learning
At DESC, we seek to appoint the best teachers available from around the world. All of our teachers are UK-trained and have extensive experience of teaching the A level and BTEC curricula. Our teaching staff are highly skilled teaching practitioners with a proven track record in the classroom. We pride ourselves on our caring and friendly staff that know how to engage and motivate students. We offer innovative teaching and learning strategies, which take place in small, intimate classrooms. This means our students receive personalised learning, allowing them to be challenged appropriately and their progress to be monitored accurately, thereby enabling us to maximise their academic potential.
We are very proud of our physical environment at DESC. The College boasts excellent facilities for all its students, with the Sixth Form at Dubai English Speaking College, students having access to all the main College areas such as the new library, swimming pool and gym. In addition, the new Sixth Form Campus at Dubai English Speaking College, with the purpose built Sixth Form Centre is devoted to Sixth Form students; they have their own indoor and outdoor communal social spaces, together with a food court and café area. The Sixth Form Centre is designed to provide a balance between social interaction and independent learning.
Applications to University
We have visits from universities throughout the year and we encourage Year 12 students to begin thinking about university right from the start of the academic year. A range of guest speakers from a variety of professions are invited in to talk to our students about their career pathways. We appreciate that students make decisions about their futures at different speeds, but we want everyone to have their mind set upon their future careers as early as possible. The applications process formally starts in February of Year 12, when the students have a Careers Day to launch the process and parents are invited to attend a presentation that clarifies the university application processes.
Extra Curricular Activities (ECA’s)
Every teacher contributes a different ECA to the College, leading to a wide variety of ECAs for students to get involved with or even lead.
DESC provides wonderful sports facilities and opportunities for the Sixth Form to participate in a variety of sports activities – including rugby, football, netball, basketball, tennis and watersports. As well as competitive sport, we have a clear emphasis on promoting the benefits of keeping fit, with fitness for all, aerobics and yoga.
The Performing Arts Faculty at DESC brings together the subjects of Music, Drama and Dance. At A level we offer Drama and Theatre Studies, Music and Music Technology as subjects for study within the Sixth Form. We perform a whole college production every year at DESC and Sixth Form students often take the lead parts.
We offer booster sessions in all subject areas to help students to engage properly with their subject knowledge. Our students take part in various debating competitions and are currently the winners of the World Scholars’ Cup and we offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for those students who are interested in extending their knowledge of a specific subject. The EPQ provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond an A level syllabus, and to prepare for university or their future career. The EPQ also provides additional UCAS points as it is worth half an A level, improving a student’s chances of gaining a place at University.
At DESC we strive to provide support for our students, creating a safe and supportive learning environment. The pressure of success weighs heavy on some of our young people and it is essential that we ensure that our students are supported with a comprehensive network of care and protection. Sixth Form students have access to a fully qualified Student Advisor and all aspects of a students’ welfare are consistently monitored. We have even created a Zen garden within our Sixth Form Centre to provide a quiet area for our students to reflect.