British Curriculum

The British curriculum is globally recognised by more than 160 countries as a high quality, modern world curriculum with a proven heritage.­­ It is used by the vast majority of schools in England and by thousands of British Curriculum schools all over the world, over 30,000 schools in total. It was first launched in 1988 and has been developing consistently since then, so is a very well-established and recognised curriculum.

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The National Curriculum

The British (for which read ‘English’) National Curriculum is often characterised by the terms ‘broad and balanced’ as, up to the age of fourteen, students study the full breadth of subjects that are needed to help them develop into well-rounded citizens of the future. The curriculum focuses on delivering high academic standards whilst at the same time being truly ‘21st century’, ensuring that students also develop the wider life skills that are so crucial for applications to top universities and life in the future.

The National Curriculum ensures that students receive a good education in a broad range of subjects and specifies the standards students should reach in each subject. It also ensures children in both Primary and Secondary schools are learning the same things.

The huge strength of the national curriculum is that it is highly structured, from the Early Years to age 14, with progress measures throughout this time, so that teachers and parents know exactly how well a student is achieving, and how well s/he is being taught. Students’ progress is benchmarked against the expectations from the curriculum.

After the age of 14, students enter two years of preparation for the (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination, taken at age 16. This is one of the only curricula which has internationally- recognised qualifications in every single subject at this age, and these are accepted by the best schools in the world. Because students become accustomed to examinations at this stage, they are very well-prepared for study beyond the age of 16, as they enter the Advanced Supplementary (AS) and Advanced Level (AL) programmes. IGCSE is therefore widely accepted as an excellent foundation for this next stage.

Universities and employers across the world recognise the British education system and hold it in high regard. The ongoing development of the curriculum to encompass skills that employers are seeking, such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, global awareness, digital literacy, breadth of thinking and creativity give the National Curriculum high standing when compared to more linear ways of learning.

The National Curriculum also places a premium on Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHE) which, alongside the framework of academic excellence, respect and good manners which typifies the system, ensures personal development is also at the heart of education.

Because of the flexibilities offered to be creative within an academically rigorous framework, and the mission of the National Curriculum to nurture students not just academically but also morally, culturally, spiritually, aesthetically and physically, it does provide for students to achieve the goal of true 21st century global citizens in a quite unique way.

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Students have the opportunity to pursue their passions and interests in extracurricular activities, despite the fact that academics play a significant role in the British Curriculum. Activities such as team sports and performing arts are widely available in schools that provide the curriculum. Our school is also characterised by a strong sense of competition and camaraderie among its students. Students are also encouraged to develop skills in debating, discussing, questioning, and problem-solving, all of which are highly valuable skills.

Students who are taught the British Curriculum sit for the (I)GCSE examinations at the end of Key Stage 4 and A Levels at the end of Key Stage 5. This Key Stage is also referred to as Years 12 and 13 or the Sixth Form. Both (I)GCSE and A Levels are recognised worldwide and open up many opportunities to students when it comes to higher education. In addition, these qualifications are highly regarded by universities and companies in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.

400 + Teachers: Our school has a diverse group of educators with advanced degrees and teaching qualifications in a wide range of specialist academic and practical subjects.

4,000 + Students: SRS takes pride in teaching and managing over 4,000 students, from early years to Post-16 (Sixth Form).

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SRS takes pride in teaching and managing over 4,000 students of various ages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the British Curriculum?

The British Curriculum is an academic programme that has been used in the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries. It is a comprehensive system that includes subjects such as mathematics, English language, history and geography. 

What are the benefits?

Is the British Curriculum Right for Your Child?

The British curriculum will be right for your child if you value education as a journey, not a destination. In general, if your family is coming to the United Arab Emirates or plans to move there in the future, the British Curriculum is a great choice in our school, This is because it is:


A broad and balanced curriculum

A wide range of subjects which include arts, science and humanities are covered in the British Curriculum. Students learn the basics of numeracy and literacy at the foundation stage of the curriculum. At primary level, students are taught the fundamentals of mathematics and English. Science, technology, humanities and arts subjects are also introduced as multi-disciplinary topics and integrated in school projects. The curriculum aims to hone students’ higher order thinking skills and encourage independent learning as they prepare for the (I)GCSE examinations.

Child-centred and personalised

Teachers have the opportunity to be creative with subject based curriculum and lesson planning which results in strong outcomes for all, alongside a range of wider personal achievements. As the curriculum covers many subject areas, students are encouraged to focus on the subjects they are good at while receiving support in subjects they find difficult. They are also taught to not only memorise facts but to gain a deeper understanding of what they are learning.

Organised into Key Stages

The British Curriculum is divided into blocks of years called ‘Key Stages’ (KS). Students are formally assessed at the end of each Key Stage. The first Key Stage is Early Years (Ages 2 to 5). After that, students enter primary level and complete KS1 (Ages 5 to 7) and KS2 (Ages 7 to 11). Secondary levels consist of KS3 (Ages 11 to 14) and KS4 (Ages 14 to 16). At pre-university level, students go through KS5 from the ages of 16 to 18. The Key Stages provide teachers a clear overview of a student’s academic progress and solutions to help students achieve their desired academic goals.

Globally recognised qualifications

Students who are taught the British Curriculum sit for the (I)GCSE examinations at the end of Key Stage 4 and A Levels at the end of Key Stage 5. This Key Stage is also referred to as Years 12 and 13 or the Sixth Form. Both (I)GCSE and A-Levels are recognised worldwide and open up many opportunities to students when it comes to higher education. In addition, these qualifications are highly regarded by universities and companies in the United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
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The Curriculum Journey at SRS

The School of Research Science complements the National Curriculum’s core subjects and requirements with programmes in Arabic, Islamic studies, sports and outdoor education that go far beyond the minimum requirement. UAE social studies and moral education is also an embedded feature of the programme.

As students progress through the years, the curriculum’s focus shifts.

Learning is based on play and a structured programme of knowledge acquisition in literacy and mathematics in the Early Years (ages 3 to 5). Through active, playful activities, supported by structured teaching sessions, children learn their first concepts of numeracy and literacy. Most children have basic reading and maths skills, as well as a strong foundation in personal, social and emotional development (PSED), by the end of the Early Years.

The emphasis in primary school (ages 5 to 11) is on developing strong fundamental mathematical and English language skills which support students in accessing the rest of the academic curriculum. Science, Technology, Humanities, and Art are all covered through direct subject-based teaching supported by projects and multidisciplinary topics.

Lower Secondary (ages 11 to 14) the curriculum is subject-based and academic, focusing on developing students’ ability to work independently and critically. At this point, the focus is on exposing students to a variety of opportunities in a variety of subjects so that they can begin to form ideas about their areas of interest. This happens as a result of developing a good understanding of subject-based concepts, and strengthening connections between the knowledge acquired in different topics.

Upper Secondary students take GCSE/IGCSE (14 to 16 years old) and A-Level/AS Level courses. Students study English, maths, sciences, and Arabic at GCSE, as well as four or five additional subjects from an options list. Students specialise even more at A-Level, selecting three or four subjects from a variety of options.

Digital technology plays a key part in how we deliver the curriculum. Acquisition of subject-based knowledge is the fundamental building block of our curriculum; its delivery and assessment is strongly supported by IPAD technology.

Using the research-based High Performance Learning (HPL) approach helps us to systematically build the cognitive competencies that lead a young person to thrive not only academically in school but also provides our students with the skills and attributes they will require to be successful in higher education and their future careers.

An Education for Life

The National Curriculum for England provides students with an education that is recognized and held in esteem around the world. Acknowledged for its high academic standards and its well-rounded approach to education, the curriculum provides students with transferability and the opportunity to gain access to reputable universities, worldwide. Students from SRS School have been accepted to prestigious universities around the world.

Sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn and ensures a lifelong love of learning.
Has high teaching standards to ensure only the most qualified and experienced teachers are employed by the school.
Gives standards that measure how well children are achieving in each subject so that teachers can plan to help them do better.


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