The curriculum at Doha College is a planned programme of courses based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales, which leads to GCSE and IGCSE examinations and also ASIA level or qualifications, which qualify students for entrance to universities throughout the world.
In the 6th Form students follow AS/A Level or AVCE qualifications which qualify students for entrance to universities throughout the world.
The transfer of students between the UK, or anywhere else, and Doha College, is straightforward.
Key Stage 3
One of the aims of the curriculum for Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) is to allow students to benefit from as wide a range of subjects as possible. In addition to English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education, eight others are taught. This ensures a broad and balanced education, and also enables students to see in which fields their interests and talents lie. All students take part in all aspects of the curriculum, including Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which is normally delivered by a Form Tutor who also monitors academic progress and is usually the main focus for contact within the school. Any parents wishing to know more about the PSHE programme should contact the Key Stage leader or an Assistant Principal.
Key Stage 4
At the end of Year 9, students choose the subjects they wish to follow to GCSE and IGCSE examination level during Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). The compulsory subjects of Mathematics, English, Science (either Combined or the separate Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and PE . For students following the Combined Science course, a further four optional subjects may be chosen. Students taking separate Sciences are able to take three optional subjects. PSHE is also taught to all students.
At the end of Year 11, most students will be able to sit for a total of nine GCSE/IGCSE certificates, which are recognised throughout the world.
6th Form (Years 12 and 13) students have a number of options available, dependent upon their GCSE grades: AS/A level, AVCE, or a combination of these two. Work at A level is academically demanding and acceptance on to a particular course will be subject to a student having achieved at least five GCSEs at grade C or better, or equivalent and a minimum grade B in the subject(s) chosen. Teacher recommendations will also be taken into account when deciding whether or not to accept a student onto a particular course.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level is also offered in most subjects. These are usually covered in one year. All subjects at AS/A level are now modular and allow for examinations to be taken at different, set times during the course of a year. This benefits both those students seeking to improve their grades and those seeking entrance to certain universities at the end of Year 12.