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Student wellbeing is important to us and we offer a comprehensive pastoral care system. Each Doha College student has three dedicated members of staff directly responsible for their pastoral care, these are: their Form Tutor, their Head of Year and their Head of Key Stage, so they will be well looked after.

Alongside this, we have a school counselor who will help students with individual pastoral issues, a team of Learning Support staff who will help develop students who need additional assistance with their learning, and a school nurse to ensure all children are catered for with their medical needs.

The Form Tutor is the first point of contact for all pastoral matters. Form Tutors really get to know their tutees as individuals. They see them five days a week and have an overview of each student’s academic and personal progress.

The Head of Year ensures the pastoral care for the whole year group is effective and consistent, and will lead on the moral and social development of students in their year group. They will also set the expectations for the whole year, and work to solve any concerns that may develop.

Heads of Key Stage have the overall responsibility for the development of the students and track them as they move from year to year. They will support the students and staff in their transition through the school and help reinforce the policy, expectations and ethos of the pastoral team within the school.

The students also play an important role within the pastoral system. From buddy systems within year groups, to the mentoring of students by the 6th Form, the students will assist each other. The student council is another integral part of the school that helps guide in areas such as wellbeing and student voice, impacting on their learning, social engagement and school environment.

Through safeguarding policies and procedures our students are looked after, and with Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) in place key aspects of students wellbeing and development are taught, with students guided through the difficulties and joy of turning into teenagers, young adults and then leaving to start life on their own.

As Vice Principal of Student Welfare, I have the pleasure of over seeing this development, and ensuring that every child is taken care of, and not only learns and develops, but enjoys and gains as much as they can from their Doha College experience.

James Conly
James Conly
Vice Principal Student Welfare

At Doha College 6th Form, we pride ourselves on ensuring every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential and moves on to take the first steps in accomplishing their first choice profession. When you become a member of our 6th Form, you take on the ethos of hard work and commitment, balanced with ensuring you enjoy your remaining time at school. Our dedicated and experienced 6th Form team will help you prepare for life after school.

Please have a look at our short video that introduces our 6th Form with interviews from our students.

Years 12 and 13 offer many leadership opportunities, our ‘Big 6 Student Council’ and their prefects organise and run several student committees and events.  Our A-Z of 6th Form has more information.

Our students are extremely well represented in both local and international competitions. Whether it is representing Qatar in the Olympics for swimming, the national team for rugby or football, having your artwork displayed in local exhibitions, winning the debating championships or chairing in the THIMUN Qatar conference, Doha College will help you achieve such honours.  Many 6th Formers are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and both our music and creative arts departments have helped create students who have gone on to conservatoires in the UK. Our 6th form profile and A-Z guide offer information on our enrichment opportunities.

Read more about our 6th Form in the following publications.

Guide to the 6th Form

6th Form Option Booklet

Our Alumni

Our alumni include Oxbridge, Princeton and Yale and students this year are maintaining this high achievement with Cambridge and Harvard amongst the offers achieved. With over 90% of students taking places at their first choice universities, all students are strongly supported to apply and aim for the highest-ranking courses internationally. For more information please see our 6th Form Alumni Profile.

No matter what your future plans are, Doha College will help you achieve them. We are always looking for like-minded students to enrich and benefit from our 6th Form.

If you are interested or want more information please get in touch.

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At Doha College we would like ‘to enable personal growth, instil a passion for learning and create aspirational minds.’ and in order to achieve this vision we must be totally committed to providing the very best of opportunities for all students. The Learning Support Department has its own vision: ‘to enable all students to achieve their full potential through providing specialised support to meet individual needs’ and as a department we will strive to ensure that this is achieved.

At Doha College there will inevitably be a number of students who find it more difficult to keep up with the pace and expectations of such a high performing international school. Learning Support at Doha College values the contribution from each and every student and welcomes diversity of culture, religion and intellectual style. Each child is unique and has individual needs. They learn at different rates and reach milestones at different times and this process continues throughout lifelong learning.

In every class at school there will be children who may, at some time during their school years, have specific educational needs identified. These learning difficulties could be short or long term. Although this is the case, the Learning Support Department does not just work with students who have learning difficulties but also offers its help and support to a wide range of students without identified learning needs for various reasons.

The Doha College Learning Support team will work in partnership with parents to monitor their child’s development and, where there are concerns, take steps to help him/her to learn more effectively in order to maximise inclusion and opportunities for all students.

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Doha College has an outstanding Secondary and 6th Form where students are encouraged to play a full and active role in all areas of school life. We offer a supportive, yet challenging environment in which our students can achieve their best and where we prepare them for the next stage in their adult life.

Students at Doha College have the opportunity to be part of a well-established and globally renowned international school where the emphasis is on every student reaching their full potential. The college has a commitment to providing a safe learning environment, where students can enjoy all the benefits Doha College has to offer.

The transition to Secondary school can often be daunting. Our Transition Programme has been developed to support and prepare our students as they enter Key Stage 3. This programme builds links between Primary (Key Stage 2) and Secondary (Key Stage 3) so students become familiar with the Secondary campus, the structure and also building mentors with older students. Have a look at what worried our students when they started Secondary. 

With an emphasis on academic excellence, careful attention is given to students’ individual learning needs. Regular monitoring and tracking as students move from Year 7 to Year 11, help to prepare the way for the transition into 6th Form. We follow the National Curriculum for England which is adapted to meet the needs of our international student body. At age 16, students sit the internationally recognised qualification of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs) before going on to sit A-Levels in our 6th Form.

Secondary and 6th Form

As with all aspects of the college, students are encouraged to challenge themselves and take advantage of the broad and balanced curriculum. The school offers excellent opportunities through many local and overseas trips, Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards, Model United Nations, debating, sporting events, music, drama as well as an extensive Extra-Curricular programme.

The House system within the college is highly competitive and hosts a range of activities throughout the year. Students are encouraged to show a loyalty to their House by getting involved in the many enrichment activities available.

Curriculum

The Secondary curriculum at Doha College is a planned programme based on the National Curriculum of England, which leads to GCSE, (I)GCSE and A-Level examinations, which qualify students for entrance to universities throughout the world. In 6th Form, we follow the A-Level courses which qualify students for entrance to universities throughout the world. 

Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

One of the aims of the curriculum for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) is to allow students to benefit from as wide a range of subjects as possible. In addition to core subjects, students follow a broad range of subjects enabling them to identify where 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 parent wishing to know more about the PSHE programme should contact the Key Stage Leader or the Head of Student Welfare. 

CORE ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS

English

Mathematics

Science

Physical Education

PSHE

French*

Spanish*

German*

Arabic*

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Art and Photography

Computer Science

Design Technology

Drama

Music

Geography

History

 

*For languages, students can select two out for the four available.

At the end of Year 9, students choose the subjects they wish to follow at GCSE and IGCSE examination level during Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4). The compulsory subjects of mathematics, English, science (students must choose at least two sciences from biology, chemistry and physics) and physical education. For students following two science subjects, a further four optional subjects may be chosen. Students choosing to study biology, chemistry and physics are able to take three optional subjects to study. 

At the end of Year 11, most students will sit a total of ten GCSE/IGCSE examinations, which are globally recognised. 

CORE OPTIONS

English

Mathematics

Science

PE

French

German

Spanish

Arabic

Geography

History

Business studies

Economics

Fine art

Photography

Drama

Music

Design and technology

Computer science