Secondary School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Secondary School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A change from a QCE course to the IB Diploma can only occur in the two weeks after commencing Grade 11 and with permission from the Head of Secondary School. After this time, the student will have missed too much Diploma work to be successful in the change. However, students can change from the IB to the QCE at various times throughout the course, as approved by the Deputy Head of Secondary School.

To be eligible for an ATAR you must study a minimum of 4 General and 1 Applied subject. 

Other than the Ministry Arabic and Islamic Studies programs, all QCE courses are taught in English at AIS. Grade 10 English results will also provide an indication or preparedness for the QCE ATAR course.

Special consideration is available for students studying the QCE in specific circumstances.

All universities worldwide accept the QCE with the ATAR for all courses. However, it is important that the student checks the entry requirements for their preferred university as they will have different expectations for ATAR subjects and results. Without an ATAR, some may only accept the QCE for entry to a foundation year program. Most private and some National universities in the UAE will accept the QCE without the ATAR. Admission to NYU Abu Dhabi requires either the IB Diploma or the ATAR.