Post 16

An IB education which will truly prepare your child for University and life in the 21st Century.

Post 16 Provision

Our Academy offers an enriched selection of personalised pathways at Post 16, all leading to University entrance. We offer our students the widest range of subjects in the Region, in studying either the IB Diploma or the IB Career-related programme. Both pathways are delivered through a combination of traditional face to face classes and blended learning options, combining the best of academic and digitally-enhanced learning and lead directly into university or high-end employment.

IB programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasising intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. By focusing on knowledge, skills, independence, critical and creative thinking, and international-mindedness, these programmes offer a truly international and world class education.

All IB subjects have a mixture of internal and external assessments, and offer greater breadth and depth of learning than other Post 16 qualifications. The Core component of the IBDP includes the Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Action and Service; and an Extended Essay. This ensures that students understand in much greater depth, have opportunity to participate and volunteer in a range of worthwhile activities, and develop true academic rigour in their studies. This is why the majority of leading universities in the world prefer to admit students who have studied IB, over those studying other qualifications.

For those students who wish to focus on a specific career and study pathway, the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme) is a professionally focused, university-recognised programme combining academic rigour with a career specialism. We offer this pathway for Media, Business or ICT students and combine it with two IB subjects and a set of core professional skills. The Core programme includes introduction to a second language, an ethical study related to their chosen career pathway, and service-led learning. The IBCP is recognised by governments and institutions worldwide (including KHDA) as a direct entry to undergraduate study.

All our IB courses are delivered through a Blended Learning approach – which mirrors how most universities also now deliver their courses. Students on blended courses have the benefit of learning in virtual environments as well as having an Academic Tutor to guide and support them on a daily basis. Our blended courses are taught by experienced IB teachers and examiners through a mixture of synchronous (live) and asynchronous sessions (meaning students do not need to be in the digital class at a particular time) with all materials and resources available on the learning platform. Students interact with classmates in real time and have questions answered straight away by their digital teacher. This is then reinforced by their Academic Tutor.

The Academic Tutor will meet with students each week to provide seminars and tutorials and add significant intellectual value in extending knowledge and understanding. This unique combination is only available at the Academy and is proving to be hugely successful, with our students now gaining places at some of the leading universities in the world.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact the Director of Post 16, Chris Pownall: c.pownall_wso@gemsedu.com

To download our Post 16 Guide, click here.