Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 - Separate schools for boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years

The goal of the Senior Schools is to prepare students for entry into further education and subsequently, for the significant career goals they will pursue. These final four years concentrate on developing them as young adults, encouraging them to take up positions of responsibility, providing leadership and management opportunities and expecting them to be role models in school and in the community. When they leave us, Misk graduates will be ready and eager to positively influence, shape and lead whatever situation they find themselves in – locally and globally.

As in all other areas of life at Misk Schools, we continue to deliver a highly personalised programme, ensuring each student’s particular ambitions, interests and talents are nurtured and maximised in a manner that best supports entry requirements for their preferred post-18 pathway.

What do students learn in Senior School at Misk Schools?

Senior School students follow an international curriculum that is based on global best practices and customised to fit our specific needs. They prepare for IGCSE examinations in Grade 10, followed by carefully curated A-level or BTEC pathways in Grades 11 and 12. We can also offer the Advanced Placement (AP) for students who are committed to applying to US universities from an early age. All students also complete the Ministry of Education’s National Identity Subject courses.

But this is not all.

Our ambition for Misk Schools graduates is that they leave us as confident, competent 18-year-olds, able to make informed, value-based decisions and to take responsibility for their actions; that they go into the world as accomplished communicators and public speakers, able to connect with, positively influence and inspire those around them.

To that end, senior school students have access to stimulating courses in management and leadership, as well as in the delivery of independent and group project work, all of which are structured to build capacity for critical evaluation, creative problem-solving, communication and collaboration. For Grades 9 and 10, this takes the form of the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ), and for Grades 11 and 12, the option of pursuing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 4 Award in Management and Leadership. More detail below

Our Grade 9 and 10 students study a core offering in the following subjects:

• IGCSE in Mathematics
• IGCSE in English Language
IGCSE in Double Science (content from Biology, Chemistry and Physics with final exams equating to two IGCSEs) or
• IGCSE in Triple Science (IGCSEs in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
• IGCSE Arabic Language
• Higher Project Qualification 
• Islamic Studies (MoE)
• Social Studies (MoE)

These core subjects lead to students achieving up to seven IGCSE-level qualifications.

In addition, they study a further three subjects from a wide choice of options. Please click here for the Girls’ Options Booklet and here for the Boys’ Options Booklet. These provide more information on the options process and on the subjects on offer.

Our Grade 11 and 12 academic programme ensures students achieve qualifications that are internationally recognised and respected by university admissions officers all over the world.

Students can select three A-levels from a rich choice of subjects spanning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Languages, Arts and Humanities. These include: Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Art and Design; Media Studies; Drama and Theatre; Arabic; English Language and Literature; Business Studies; Economics; Physical Education; ICT and Computer Science.

We also offer Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Business, Sports Management, Information Technology and Engineering. BTECs are rigorous, career-focused qualifications grounded in the world of work. BTECs have grown in popularity in recent years, as universities and employers increasingly recognise the importance of real-life skills.

In addition to their A-level/BTEC pathways, students can pursue Pearson Edexcel’s Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 4 Award, thus uniquely enabling them to specialise in the critical field of International Management and Leadership. Students complete their EPQ and CMI courses over one year, at Grade 11 level, selecting to complete either a dissertation or field study research into any area of international management and leadership that interests them, and aligns to the requirements set out by the CMI.

These options build on the Higher Project Qualification achieved at Grade 9 level.

Please refer to our Options Booklet for more detailed information.

Typical Shape of the Day at the Senior Schools

Morning Parade, Well-being Window and Registration (07:50 to 08:15)
Welcomed by their Principal and Senior Leadership Team at the start of each new day, students sing the National Anthem, listen to a reading from the Quran, and notices for the day. Students take their turn to speak publicly, discussing the HPL theme for the week.

The rest of the academic day is split into six learning periods, with two breaks including lunch, concluding by 15:35 and followed by the CCAP.

Co-Curricular Activities Programme (CCAP) (15:35 to 16:35 Sunday to Wednesday)
CCAP choices conclude the afternoons four days per week. Students can choose to have supervised self-study time during stipulated CCAP time.