APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 ADMISSION NOW OPEN
A new school is an extremely exciting and momentous time for any family. As a leading British International School in Qatar, Doha College has 40 years of delivering academic excellence. With our inclusive approach to education, we aspire to ignite every student's excitement for learning.
We are a united and forward-thinking college, working together to shape a relevant and multi-skilled education for our young people. Established in 1980 and sponsored by the British Embassy, the College provides a world-class education to students from the ages of 3 to 18 years.
The College has over 2,070 students on roll, ranging from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through to a very active and successful 6th Form. Over the last decade, the College has developed a reputation as one of the very best international schools not only in the Gulf but globally, with an outstanding success rate and dedication to High Performance Learning (HPL)
There is an energy, joy in learning, enthusiasm and dynamism apparent throughout the College, and it is clear to everyone that our young people are both happy and challenged. We believe that the 'DC' experience should be a positive and indelible one, which remains alive within each student for life. It is our responsibility to inspire and challenge everyone in an environment that makes learning enjoyable and which meets the hopes, ambitions, skills and aspirations of every student.
Doha College will cease operations in West Bay at the end of the 2019/20 academic year. All students and staff from West Bay and Al Waab campus will move to our new campus at Al Wajba where, from September 2020, the entire Doha College student and staff communities will come together and be united in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility where Excellence for All, Excellence from All can rise to new heights.
Although this slightly changes our initial plan, we have every reason to be positive and optimistic going forward. There will still be an opportunity for the majority of our successful applicants to enter Doha College Primary and Secondary at the Al Wajba campus.
A Qatar Residence Permit is not a mandatory document to apply, however, if your application is successful, the applicant will need to be in possession of a valid Qatar Residence Permit prior to entry, a copy of which must be submitted to Doha College. This requirement is in compliance with Ministry of Education regulations for all students in Qatar. Doha College reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place if the applicant is not in possession of Qatar Residence Permit prior to starting at Doha College.
The following documents will be required to complete the application:
- • FS1, FS2 and Year applications - Copy of completed Doha College EYFS Form
- • Years 2 to 13 applications - Most recent school report.
- If the report is not in English, please provide a translation with the original.
- Copy of the applicant's passport
- • A copy of the applicant and the sponsor's Qatar Residence Permit (QID).
- If this is not available at the time of application, please complete the form to state ‘In Process’**
- • A passport size photograph
- • Immunisation records
- • Any relevant medical and educational psychologist reports if appropriate
Regulation for all applicants
In the event of your child being offered a place at Doha College, we will require a copy of the Transfer Certificate/Leaver’s Certificate issued by your child’s current school in order to register your child with the Ministry of Education. Please note that we cannot accept your child into Doha College without this Certificate.
**All students must be in possession of a valid Qatar Residence Permit before starting school in Qatar.
Only applications submitted via the online application form will be accepted. To do so, go to tab on the Admissions Page that states ‘Apply Now’. Note: When applying online, the previous school report and applicants passport copy is mandatory documents.
Once an offer has been made, you will be emailed an official offer letter and fee invoices from the Admissions Office that will require payment of the Registration and Seat Booking fee. Please see our fee schedule for further details on fees.
The non-refundable Registration fee is applicable to each child attending Doha College Primary and/or Doha College Secondary and is in addition to the tuition fee. Once paid, the Registration charges and Seat Booking fees are non-refundable.
To accept the offer you must pay the appropriate fee, by the deadline as set out in the offer letter. If you miss this deadline without consultation with the Admissions Office, the offer will be withdrawn.
Upon receipt of the Registration and Seat Booking fees, an invoice will be issued for the remaining tuition fees and capital charge which is payable before the applicants first day of school. Uniform information and suppliers are available within the Welcome Pack and will form part of the offer and acceptance package.
Doha College is a selective entry school with a focus on academic excellence. Admission to Doha College is subject to criteria which vary according to the child’s age-group and subject to places being available.
Students enrolled at Doha College are expected to advance to the next year group at the end of each academic year. The vast majority of our students progress through the key stages without any difficulty. Students who do not make the expected progress, in line with their classmates and National Curriculum expectations, will be offered additional learning support targeted at the area(s)which are causing most difficulty. Doha College is a selective entry school with high expectations of academic success and as such, there is no automatic transition between key stages. Parents will be informed well in advance if there is a chance that a student may not meet the standard required to progress to the next key stage.
Doha College is an academically selective school and waiting lists for all year groups are rank ordered based on academic ability as determined by the entrance assessment, examination results school reports and an academic and character reference
Open places are not handed out on a ‘first come, first served basis’. All applicants will be expected to sit an entrance assessment and only applicants successful at the assessment will be eligible to take up open places or be added to the waiting list.
The assessment tests are designed primarily to ensure that the student meets the entry requirements and that the teaching and curriculum offered to match the pupil’s needs and are of great help internally at Doha College.Entry to the College is based on availability in the Year group required, results of the entrance assessment, previous school reports and a satisfactory academic and behaviour reference.
Admission to Years 12 and 13 is subject to meeting our minimum entry requirements at GCSE and/or A-Level (five grade C’s and above with B’s in the subject options selected), availability of places and a satisfactory academic and behaviour reference.
Entry requirements for the full BTEC Diploma course may vary.
Reports from previous schools will be assessed as well as any academic examination taken. Interviews may be held and a reference from the previous school will be requested.
In some circumstances, students with learning support requirements will be accepted. If more extensive learning support is required then this will be discussed with the school prior to confirmation of a place.
Primary School Assessments
FS1 and FS2 entrance assessments will consist of Early Years team working with small groups of children encouraging them to complete simple social activities and practical tasks. Through this process, we are able to establish if the child is able and ready to work within our Early Years environment.
Year 1 and Year 2 entrance assessments will consist of basic writing, phonics and number work. The assessments normally take about 30-45 minutes and are conducted at a non-refundable cost of QR 200 / QR 500 per applicant.
Year 3- Year 6 - Applicants will be invited for an entrance assessment that consists of a curriculum based reading, writing and maths assessment lasting 60- 90 minutes. The assessment is conducted at Doha College for a charge for QR 500 per applicant.Online testing facility is available to overseas applicants.
Outcome from the entrance assessment will determine the applicants’ placement on the waiting list. The waiting list is banded based on academic ability and will be added to with each new set of assessments.
Secondary School Assessments
Year 7- Year 10: All applicants are invited for an entrance assessment that consists of Cognitive Ability Test. The assessment is offered either onsite at Doha College or online (See below) for a charge of QR 500 per applicant. An additional writing assessment may be requested if deemed necessary.The assessment takes approximately two hours to complete. Outcome from the entrance assessment will determine the applicants’ placement on the waiting list. The waiting list is banded based on academic ability and will be added to with each new set of assessments.
Years 12 and 13: Applicants will be required to sit the Cognitive Ability Test . Admission to Years 12 and 13 is subject to meeting our minimum entry requirements at GCSE and/or A-Level (five grade Cs and above with Bs in the subject options selected) plus the availability of places in the required subjects. Entry requirements may vary for full B-TEC Diploma courses.
Doha College is a selective entry school with a focus on academic excellence. Subject to availability, applicants successful at the assessment will either be offered places or banded onto a waiting list for future intake. For details on the assessment process please refer to the Assessment Charter located on the right-hand side of this page.
To Get The Process Started
Once an application form has been completed and submitted with all the supporting documents, the admissions department at Doha College will be in touch with the parents to verify if the applicant would like to avail the online entrance assessment facility. There is a QR 500 charge to sit the entrance assessment.
If the applicant would like to access the online test facility, the admissions office will provide a form that will need to be completed by the applicant’s current school agreeing to administer the test under exam conditions.This form will need to completed, signed and stamped by school authorities and returned to Doha College Admissions and the assessment charges of QR 500 will need to be paid at the Accounts Office at Doha College. Upon receiving the completed form and payment, a date of mutual convenience will be set for the applicant to sit the online entrance assessment and test administration instructions will be sent to the applicant’s current school.
Once The Test Is Complete
Results of the test are normally available after 14 working days of taking the test. Assessment outcome will be communicated via email from the admissions office.
If the applicant has met the entry criteria, an offer of a place at Doha College may be made based on availability in the year group. If an applicant has not met the entry criteria, the application will be refused.
If an applicant has met the entry criteria and there is no availability in the required year group, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list and parents will be contacted when places become available. The waiting list is banded based on academic ability.
Once An Offer Has Been Made
Overseas applicants, who are offered a provisional place, may need to sit the entrance assessment on site at Doha College before the provisional offer can be confirmed. If there is a significant difference between test scores from the online test and the test taken on-site at the college, Doha College reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place. Please note that the online entrance assessment facility is only available to overseas applicants applying for entry to year groups between Years 3 and 13.
For any questions or queries regarding this process, please contact the admissions office. As always, thank you for considering Doha College.
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