After GCSE, students take courses leading to Edexcel GCEs (AS and A-Levels). There are no compulsory subjects, and, after counseling, students select up to 4 appropriate subjects to study in Year 12 (AS). Students are then required to continue into Year 13, taking 3 of their subjects (A2) to gain the full A-Levels. GCE Advanced Level courses are made up of a number of units. Most units are assessed by examination, though some are assessed as coursework. Some AS unit examinations are taken in January of Year 12, with the remaining units taken in May/June, and the same pattern is followed for A2 examinations in Year 13.
Each AS and A2 course is taught for 11 hours over two weeks. The remaining periods provide time for private study, research, tutorials, support lessons and the ‘Leadership programme’.
To join the Sixth Form, students must have gained at least six A*-C passes at GCSE. In addition to the student’s academic results, his/her attendance, punctuality, behaviour and overall commitment to learning will also be reviewed and taken into consideration. Please click to see:
Sixth Form Handbook
Sixth Form Dress Code
The subjects offered are: Art & Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Economics; English Literature; French; Geography; Government & Politics History; Information and Communication Technology; Mathematics (either Mechanics or Statistics); Physical Education and Physics.
Native-speakers of other ‘foreign’ languages may also be entered for GCE examinations (in past years, these have included Spanish, Italian, Russian and Urdu).
Detailed course outlines for each subject are available: Advanced Level (AS and A2) curriculum outlines
All students who wish to enter Universities in Egypt (except AUC) must pass the Secondary Two/Three Arabic Religion and Civics examinations (Thanawiya’ama Arabic, Religion, Civics and Citizenship). Students are all registered for these examinations. The curriculum is addressed in some lessons each week, and Secondary 2 exams are taken in school. Final Thanaweya Amma exams (in Year 13) are taken outside of school.
All students also participate in Physical Education lessons and are able to take a ‘Sports Leadership’ qualification.
As part of the ‘Leadership Programme’ every student has a weekly tutorial lesson designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful citizens and leaders in the 21st Century. In addition students are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities from charity work to Model United Nations conferences. These projects develop a community awareness and sense of caring and leadership which is a fundamental part of El Alsson’s mission, and the kinds of qualities Universities and employers and now keen to see alongside academic success.
Students are given regular support and guidance to help prepare for university and career opportunities. There are visits to, university fairs and from individual universities around the world, and support is given in completing university applications. The school is also an approved CAT testing centre, and can administer tests such as BMAT (for those wishing to study medicine in the UK).