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Secondary Curriculum

The school secondary curriculum at EMS is based on the Cambridge Curriculum. Islamic Studies, Qatar History and Arabic Language adhere to the standards as outlined by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education of Qatar. EMS curriculum is designed to meet the unique needs and abilities of the individual child to prepare him/her for IGCSE and AS Level Examinations administered by the University of Cambridge. Instruction and communication is in English with the exception of Arabic.

Years 10-12 – Options classes are subject to enrolment; a minimum and a maximum number of enrolments are specified for each class to optimize learning. Students will be informed of their chosen subjects’ availability upon course selections.



The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a balanced international curriculum that is designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. Examined for the first time in 1988 it leads to an internationally recognized certificate of achievement.


The aims of IGCSE are:
• To support modern curriculum development;
• To promote international understanding;
• To encourage good teaching practice;
• To set widely recognized standards.

The IGCSE provides a foundation for higher-level courses such as the North American Advanced Placement Test (APT), the International Baccalaureate (lB), the GCE AS/A Level and the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE). It is used by schools in over 100 countries and is recognized around the world for university entrance purposes.



Advanced level education has formed part of the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as a leading requirement for entry into higher education. Designed to provide a greater flexibility, an optional staged Advanced Subsidiary level (AS level) assessment has been introduced by Cambridge to be taken at approximately the mid-point of a two-year AS level programme.

Parents and prospective AS Level students should query subject choices at this level when applying to enter EMS. It is important to note that the school selects students for AS level subjects based on IGCSE exam results of 5 “C” grades and above.

An entrance fee per subject is required to register with the Cambridge Examination Board or Edexcel Examination Board. At the end of year 11, students undertake externally set examinations in each subject. These examinations, plus any coursework, are used to determine the final award of a grade. It is important to note that students requiring university entrance are expected to attain grades of A*-C (the number of subjects required varies from university to university). Exam results are sent to the school from the UK. Students are asked to collect these results from the Administration during the first week of September. Students will be offered advice on the next steps to take given their results.