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  • Curriculum Overview

    The future our children will inherit will look vastly different from the world we live in today. In the AIS Senior School, we prepare students to become successful, compassionate citizens and leaders of this evolving world and encourage them to strive beyond their limitations and seek new possibilities from the world around them. This is achieved through a diverse, international curriculum:

    Year 10

    The Year 10 program builds on the foundations developed in the Middle School and aims to prepare students for the anticipated challenge of senior study. Students undertake a course of study based on the Australian Curriculum that incorporates:

    • Maths
    • English
    • Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Physical Education
    • French
    • Media
    • Drama
    • Arabic
    • Islamic Studies

    Year 11 and 12

    AIS students select their Year 11 and 12 program from two separate courses of study:

    • The International Baccalaureate Diploma, or
    • The Queensland Certificate of Education

    Both programs offer a comprehensive and challenging course of study and prepare students for their transition from school to the demands of higher education and the responsibilities of adulthood. They additionally offer students the opportunity to study the Ministry Arabic and Islamic Studies curricula, where necessary.

    Selection of the senior program of study is dependent on the young person’s preferred career pathway and their individual abilities, interests and motivation.

    The IB Diploma program is unique in that it is based on no particular national education system but is instead a deliberate balance between the breadth and specialisation required by many leading universities throughout the world. Students studying the IB Diploma program will select subjects from:


    Studies in Language and Literature Language Acquisition Individuals and Societies
    • English Language and Literature
    •  Arabic Language and  Literature
    • English B
    • Arabic B
    • Arabic ab initio
    • French ab initio
    • Business Management
    • Economics
    • History
    • Psychology
    Experimental Sciences  Mathematics The Arts
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Mathematical Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Theatre

    In addition to the 6 academic courses they select, all IB candidates are also required to:

    • Study the Theory of Knowledge
    • Participate in and complete the Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) program, and
    • Submit a 4000 word Extended Essay written on a research topic of their own choice.

    The QCE program allows students to pursue the Queensland senior school curriculum moderated by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). Subjects will be selected from high level options including:

    Maths A or Maths B English or English as a Second Language
    Business Management Science in Practice
    Film, Television and New Media Physical Education

    Murdoch University

    QCE students also study the following courses from the Murdoch University in Dubai Foundation Program:

    • Introduction to ICT
    • Critical Thinking and Research Skills
    • Foundation Mathematics
    • University entrance

    Successful achievement of either the IB Diploma or the Queensland Certificate of Education will provide minimum entry requirements to both local and international universities.

    Each university will specify its own policy on entry requirements regarding all secondary school qualifications, including the IB Diploma and the QCE. Typically, the IB is recognised by both local and international universities world-wide, whereas the QCE is currently recognised by many local UAE universities and higher education institutions in Australia, USA, Canada and many other international locations.

    At AIS, students are assisted in developing accurate knowledge of their preferred university programs and entry requirements through both individual appointments and group learning experiences.