Post 16

AIS offers post 16 courses from CAIE and Pearson Edexcel for various subjects. Post 16 students are expected to develop independent, responsible and resilient citizens by giving our students greater autonomy. Post 16 students will receive the opportunity of greater freedom to help transition them into the independent life at university, as well as further leadership opportunities as student leaders.

The expectation for post 16 admission is minimum ‘C’ grade in the IGCSE subjects.

AS level is not considered to be the completion of an A level programme. Students ought to continue with a minimum of three subjects in A level (year13) to complete the A level course.

The admission criteria for post 16 is as follows:

  • Achieve minimum of 5 Grade ‘C’ passes at IGCSE.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for voluntary study beyond the age of 16 years and an appropriate attitude to learning throughout IGCSE study.
  • Have an excellent track record of attendance, punctuality and behaviour.
  • Meet the minimum entry requirement (subject specific) for further study in an appropriate number of courses. This will generally be a minimum of 3 courses at Post 16 level.
  • Provide a copy of their most up-to-date examination results preferably mock exam.
  • Provide the forecast grades for IGCSE.
  • Attend an interview with the Head of Post 16 or a member of the Senior Leadership Team

The correct terminology for these courses is Advance Subsidiary courses and Advanced Level courses (though they are commonly known simply as A Levels), and they have been available in the UK education system for over 30 years. They are often called as Key Stage-5 and are accepted by the vast majority of universities around the world as evidence that a potential student meets the entry criteria for university study.

Each AS/A2 course will have between 3 and 6 modules/units, with a terminal exam undertaken at the end of the course. Some subjects also contain an element of Controlled Assessment (or course work) which is internally assessed and externally moderated, and which counts towards a student’s final grade.

The examinations schedule will vary from subject to subject, with most subjects having exams at the end of Year 12 and again at the end of Year 13.

AS level is not considered to be the completion of an A level programme. Students ought to continue with a minimum of three subjects in A level (year13) to complete the A level course.

Most students will choose to follow four subjects in Year 12 and will then reduce this to three subjects in Year 13. In rare circumstances, students will opt to continue with four subjects into Year 13. However, this is not recommended and will only be considered after a meeting has taken place between the school and a student and his/her parents. All students will be asked to take part in a meeting with the Academic Head and/or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Within these meetings students will be offered advice and guidance on their chosen subjects and subject combinations. A student’s university/ career aspirations will be a key component of these meetings.

As a school operating in UAE, but offering a UK Curriculum, we have to take account of both UK requirements and the requirements of KHDA & Ministry of Education. As such, each student must follow a series of compulsory subjects, as below.

UK Curriculum

All students must study Physical Education (ENC)  though this will not be assessing formally.

MOE Curriculum

As per ministry of Education regulations, all students must study Arabic for 200 minutes per week. All Muslim students must also study Islamic Studies for 80 minutes per week. In addition, all students must study Moral, Social and Cultural Studies.

The following ministry subjects are compulsory for all students.

The following subjects are compulsory for these students:

  • A.E. Arabic-A Ministry Syllabus for all Arabs in Year 12 and 13.
  • A.E Islamic Studies Ministry Syllabus for all Muslim Students in Year 12 and 13.
  • Moral, Social and Cultural studies is compulsory in Year 12 and 13.

Please find below the option blocks available for 2022-2024.

  • It is possible that certain courses may not run if the number of students is less than 10.
  • Students are not allowed to change the subjects once opted.
  • Subject selection should be in line with the recommended subject requirement mentioned above.


Students who select 3 courses only in Year 12 or 13  will be expected to engage in other learning activities, e.g., community service initiatives, clubs, work-related learning etc., in addition to their independent study time.