Doha College is a British style school established in 1980 and sponsored by the British Embassy. The student body ranges from the age of 3 to 18 years and over 68 different nationalities are represented; with about 55% being British. All teaching staff are fully qualified and the majority are UK trained.
The College has over 1,900 students on roll, ranging from preschool through to a very active and successful sixth form of 240 students. Over the last decade the College has developed a reputation as one of the very best International schools in the Gulf with a unique atmosphere that marks us out as special.
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 is currently accepting applications for the enrolment of new students for certain year groups. Application forms are processed at a cost of QR 200 per form. A separate form will need to be filled out for each child applying for a place. This charge covers administrative costs and does not in any sense guarantee the applicant a place at Doha College. All applications received are placed onto a waiting list. The fee of QR 200 is non-refundable and the application stays valid for a two academic years.
NOTICE TO PARENTS / PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS
September 2018 Intake
Applications for most Primary and Secondary year groups is now closed for September 2018. Applications may re-open in September depending on waiting list numbers. Further updates to be posted by late August 2018.
** Please note that 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 September 2018, 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.
Doha College Early Years Foundation Stage(Pre-School & Reception) Application guidelines
- Applications for Pre School and Reception consist of two parts. A Doha College produced EYFS Form and the general Doha College application form, both of which will be available via our online application system from 19 November 2017 onwards. All applications are to be submitted online. Hard copies will not be accepted.
- Applications submitted without the completed Doha College EYFS Form will not be accepted nor considered.
- A nursery report from your child’s nursery is not a requirement. The Doha College EYFS Form will be used in place of the nursery report.
- If your child is not attending a nursery, parents are welcome to complete the EYFS Form in order to submit a completed application.
- Applications are not considered on a ‘first come – first served’ basis.
- Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of information from the Doha College EYFS Form. Shortlisted applicants will receive invitations for assessment. Assessments are by invitation only and will be held onsite at the West Bay campus early February 2018.
- The application forms will be available from the Doha College website starting Sunday, 19 November 2017 until 14 January 2018. Applications for Pre-School will not be accepted after 12.00 PM on the closing date of 14 January 2018.
- The application submission process is considered complete once the application has been submitted (inclusive of the EYFS Form as well as the Doha College Application Form) along with the payment of QR 200 via the online application system. Applications will not be reviewed unless relevant payment is completed. Online payments can to be completed using a credit card.
- Allocation of places for Pre-School will be finalised by March 2018.
- All applications submitted for Reception will be for a waiting list. Only shortlisted applicants will receive invitations for assessment. Allocation of places for Reception will be finalised late May 2018 based on student turnover.
Doha College application forms are available from the Doha College website for a charge of QR 200 per form. A separate form must be completed for each child. This form must be completed fully and accurately with the Parental Undertaking and Fee Regulations sections signed. All relevant information must be declared including details of any disciplinary, social, physical, medical or psychological problems.
Relevant medical and educational psychologist’s reports should be copied to the school, if appropriate. A copy of your child’s last school report including comments on academic and social progress must be submitted with the form. If the report is not in English, you should provide a translation with the original. If the applicant has studied within the British Curriculum, then the latest Key Stage report should be supplied. Applications submitted without school reports WILL NOT be considered.
For applicants from Year 5 to Year 13: If the applicant has previously undertaken a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT), please supply a copy of the results or contact details of the school holding such results. Applications will not be processed until all information, any additional costs (ie: assessment fees / application charges), reports, etc., have been received.
The following documents will be required to complete the application:
- Copy of completed Doha College EYFS Form (For Pre-School, Reception and Year 1 )
- Most recent school report (For applicants from Year 2 to Year 13)
- Copy of the applicant's passport
- ** A copy of the applicant and sponsor's Qatar Residence Permit (QID) if available. If this is not available at the time of application, please complete the form to state ‘In Process’
- A passport size photograph
Immunization records for Primary applicants may be provided to the College if the applicant is being offered a place at the College.
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 children must be in possession of a valid Qatari Residence Permit before starting school in Qatar.
Minimum age requirement for Pre School
An applicant is required to be 3 years of age on or before 31st August of that year to be age appropriate for entry to Pre-School in September. There are no exceptions to the minimum age requirement.
Applications are only accepted :
- Via the online application form. 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 are mandatory documents.
Once an Offer Has Been Made
If we offer a place to your child, you will be emailed an official offer letter and fee invoices from the Admissions Office that will require payment of the registration and tuition fee deposit. Please see our fee schedule for a 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 are non refundable. If a tuition fee deposit is requested, this will be deducted from the applicants first terms fees.
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.
After we have received the registration and tuition fee deposit, we will issue an invoice for the remaining tuition fees, capital charge and refundable deposit which is payable before the applicants first day of school. Uniform information and suppliers are available on the website 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 applications received for Pre-School to Year 3 is subject to a shortlisting process and only shortlisted candidates are invited for assessments. The shortlisting for Pre-School, Reception and Year 1 is conducted on the basis of the information presented on the Early Years Foundation Stage Form (EYFS Form), which is part of the application. Shortlisting for Year 2 and Year 3 is conducted on the basis of the information provided on the school reports.
Students applying for places from Years 4 to 10 are invited to undertake an entrance assessment at a non-refundable fee of QR 500 per applicant. The assessment tests are designed primarily to ensure that the teaching and curriculum offered 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 and previous school reports.
Admission to Year 12 and 13 is subject to meeting our minimum entry requirements at GCSE and/or A level (5 grade C’s and above with B’s in the subject options selected) plus availability of places.
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
Pre-School and Reception 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. Only shortlisted candidates are invited in for Year 1 and Year 2 assessments. Applicants for Year 1 are shortlisted on the basis on of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 2 on the basis of school reports submitted with the Doha College application.
Year 3 - Shortlisted applicants are invited for an entrance assessment that consists of a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT Test) and a writing assessment. The assessment is conducted at the Admissions Office at Doha College for a charge for QR 500 per applicant. The assessment takes a little over 90 minutes. The online testing facility is available to overseas applicants. Scores from the entrance assessment will determine the applicants’ placement on the waiting list. The waiting list is banded based on academic abilityand will be added to with each new set of assessments. .
Year 4 - Year 6: All applicants are invited for an entrance assessment that consists of a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT Test) and a writing assessment. The assessment is conducted at the Admissions Office at Doha College for a charge for QR 500 per applicant. The assessment takes a little over two hours The online testing facility is available to overseas applicants. Scores 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 to Year 12: All applicants are invited for an entrance assessment that consists of a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT Test). The assessment is conducted either at the Admissions Office at Doha College or online (See below) for a charge for QR 500 per applicant. The assessment takes a little over two hours. Scores 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.
Year 12 & Year 13: Applicants may be required to sit the Cognitive Ability Test if they are applying for entry to the 6th Form from a non-British curriculum. This decision is based on review of the application by the Head of the 6th Form. Admission to Year 12 and 13 is subject to meeting our minimum entry requirements at GCSE and/or A level (5 grade C’s and above with B’s in the subject options selected) plus availability of places in the required subjects.
Doha College is a selective entry school with a focus on academic excellence. As part of the admissions process, applicants are shortlisted from the application pool to sit entrance assessments for entry to the college. Subject to availability, applicants successful at the assessment will either be offered places or rank ordered 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.
Online Cognitive Ability Test
As Doha College is a selective entry school, all applicants applying to enter Doha College are required to sit an entrance assessment test. A Cognitive Ability Test is used to assess secondary school applicants. Overseas applicants in Year 3 to Year 13 can access the cognitive ability test online.
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 retuned 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 on line CAT Test and test administration instructions will sent to the applicant’s current school.
Once The Test Is Complete
Results of the test is 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 onto 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 CAT test on site at Doha College before the provisional offer can be confirmed. If there is 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 Year 3 and Year 13.
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