Key Stage 5 | Years 12 and 13

Our Senior Leaders and teachers will help students investigate where their future interests lie towards the end of Year 11 when students are then given the opportunity to refine their interests into three or four subjects to be studied further in Key Stage 5.


In Key Stage 5, students will be required to have their own laptops to use both in school and at home. Students will use their devices throughout lessons to research, access support, and challenge materials in a range of formats including webpages, journal articles, and videos to suit the topic.  A-Level teachers ensure many opportunities for independent work are embedded within their two-year course to prepare students for learning at university. For every subject studied in school, an additional four to five hours of independent study is required. This will include researching and preparing for presentations and debates or constructing responses to exam-style questions.


A-Level examinations are normally held in May and June. The timetable and length of examinations is published by the examination board and results are released in August.


Students in Years 12 and 13 follow the Cambridge* A-Level Curriculum, alongside the Ministry of Education requirements.


With the exception of the Ministry of Education subjects, there are no compulsory subjects students have to study in Year 12 and 13

Ministry of EducationOption Subjects
Arabic (for Arabic speakers)English Literature
Islamic Education (for Muslims) Geography
Moral EducationBiology
Computer Science
Business Studies

for our 2023-2025 A Level Options Booklet. (Booklet available October 2022)


We assess frequently during lessons, at the end of topics, and on a termly and annual basis. This takes the form of quizzes, assessed homework, projects, conversations, and examinations. There will also be formal ‘mock examination’ weeks.  Progress checks take into consideration progress over time, to assess the level the learner is working at. As a British school, assessments can cover all prior material studied, not just the last term, and anything listed on the A-Level specification (including content listed as ‘prior knowledge, such as IGCSE content).

*Cambridge is officially known as Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE)