Curriculum >> Options
Dukhan English School follows the system in England
and Wales by dividing education into five Key Stages. Key Stages 1 and 2 are
part of primary education at Dukhan English School.
Secondary education comprises Key Stage 3 (KS3), the junior
secondary stage; Key Stage 4 (KS4), the GCSE stage; and Key Stage 5 (KS5), the
Throughout the first three Key Stages, all students study the same curriculum,
with a few exceptions where students may need extra English support or have
special educational needs. However, during Year 9, students are given the
opportunity to decide five optional subjects that they wish to study for the
critical two years of Key Stage 4. These optional subjects are studied
alongside the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Information and
Communication Technology (ICT), Core Physical Education, and Personal, Social
and Health Education (PSHE), which all students must study.
The choices the students make at this time are particularly important because
they will have a significant bearing on what they will be able to do when they
complete their IGCSE studies at the end of Year 11.
The opportunities for taking up certain careers, training courses, and A-Levels
can be limited if particular subjects are dropped after Year 9. It is important
for students to keep their options open when they make their decisions. This
means that students should study a wide range of subjects rather than
specializing too early. Few Year 9 students have a clear idea as to what career
path they want to take. Even if they do, it is still advisable to be flexible,
as it is common to change one's mind. The school encourages students to
maintain a broad range of interests and academic studies, throughout their
educational career and beyond.