Secondary School

Key Stage 3

Year 7 and Year 9

Age: 11 years old and 14 years old

By Key Stage 3, the student is ready for creative and accelerated learning. The students become aware of the need to set daily goals and have long-term objectives.

Core Subjects




Arabic First Language

Arabic Second Language

UAE Social Studies

Moral Education


Other Subjects

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Humanities (History and Geography)

UAE Social Studies

Islamic Studies (For Muslim students)  or Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCEE) (for non-Muslim students)




Physical Education (PE)



Key Stage 4

Year 10 (GCSE/IGCSE)

Age: 15 years old to 16 years old

GEMS Founders School Al Mizhar offers students a choice of courses leading to university entry. Students in Year 10 are prepared for examinations in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

Click Here to view our GCSE Options Booklet 2021-2022 

  • What is IGCSE?

    GCSE stands for the (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education and is a highly regarded qualification across the world.

    GCSE courses are renowned for developing vital educational skills, including recall of knowledge, oral skills, problem-solving, initiative, teamwork and investigative skills. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher-level courses, such as A and AS Levels, the Advanced International Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate.

  • What level are GCSEs?

    These exams are at Level 2 and are regarded as preparation for A Level exams at Level 3.

  • Where are IGCSEs accepted and recognized?

    GCSE is a high-profile qualification. It has the same value in admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent GCSE and GCE ‘O’ Level.

    GCSE has an excellent reputation among international schools worldwide. GCSEs are recognized as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world.

  • Are GCSEs accepted for University Entrance?

    Having good passes in GCSE examinations certainly enhances a student’s university application. Passes in English First Language and Mathematics GCSE are mandatory for most university courses in the United Kingdom; passes in additional subjects are desirable.

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