AGES 11-16


Our Secondary curriculum is adapted from the National Curriculum for England framework to meet the needs of our international community. 

In Secondary, students study a wide range of academic subjects taught by specialist teachers, preparing them for their IGCSE examinations. The transition to Secondary school can be a big step and we ensure that each student is given the support to adapt to a more challenging curriculum. 

During this exciting time, our students learn to apply knowledge and understanding to new and familiar situations, to enquire intellectually and develop cultural awareness as global citizens. Our dedicated teachers provide a personalised learning experience for every student to meet their needs, celebrate their strengths and grow their interests.

Lower Secondary

Students in Years 7 and 8 delve deeper into a wide range of subjects. During this key stage, students receive added mentorship from our Secondary Form tutors and increase their independence and self-awareness. 

Subject-focused learning

In Lower Secondary, our students begin to take advantage of subject expertise and take more responsibility for their learning. Lessons are delivered by a series of subject specialists with the class tutor having the important pastoral role of coordinating all aspects of the students' academic and social development. The form tutor also delivers moral education and social studies which includes global citizenship and health education. At NAS Dubai our expectations of our students are high - all participate in the learning process and each student's contribution to the school is valued.

Our curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum and offers the following subjects: Arabic, Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, English, French, Geography, German, History, Islamic Studies, Mandarin, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Spanish and our DICE curriculum (Design, Innovation, Computing and Enterprise).

During Lower Secondary we encourage active and independent learning, critical thinking and collaborative communication skills including participating in debates, leading assemblies and giving presentations. Our students represent the school at various functions and participate in the school council, charity committee and other meetings.

Students will choose their IGCSE options in Year 8 and begin the programme of study in Year 9, allowing for the possibility of early examination entry for some subjects in Year 10.

Upper Secondary

During Years 9 to 11 of the English National Curriculum, students prepare for external examinations. Guided by our highly qualified teachers they gain the skills, resources and knowledge needed to attain outstanding IGCSE examination results. During Year 11 our teachers will guide students to explore options for their IB Diploma Programme or A-Levels studies.
The choices students make in these important years could affect exam and university options in the future, so our professional staff and teachers are always on hand to help students make the decisions that are right for them.

Subject-focused learning

We offer a wide variety of courses which are designed to engage and challenge our students. They study both core and optional subjects over a three-year period. Students are encouraged to enter for examinations early (in Year 10) to allow a greater range and total number of subjects to be examined. Our students achieve far above national and international averages.

Core subjects such as English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and a World Language are taken by all students while option subjects are chosen from option blocks. Students have a wide range of choices so that they are able, within boundaries, to tailor their learning to their interests while maintaining a core group of subjects that will allow them academic options later in their studies.

Our students are taught by specialist teachers who are dedicated enthusiasts of their subjects and who guide them through the more in-depth study of their chosen subjects, tailoring their learning to their interests.

An integral part of learning is the use of virtual learning platforms and taking part in projects within the Global Classroom, a programme unique to all Nord Anglia students around the globe.


At NAS Dubai we offer a truly global experience with outstanding teachers and exceptional educational opportunities. Here, students achieve outstanding exam results and learn to make a difference in the world outside the classroom.