British Curriculum Schools in Dubai - The Oxford School
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Curriculum Overview

Key Benefits


Preparation for secondary education: The CIPP is excellent preparation for the next phase in a student’s education and progresses students seamlessly into middle year curriculum and IGCSE. We provide excellent services to help the students in this phase cruise into the next phase with ease.


External Benchmark: The primary program provides teachers with an external benchmark to inform their teaching and easily measure student’s progress overtime. It also allows detailed, structured reporting to parents. We provide excellent services to help the students. 


International Curriculum: The primary program is appropriate and relevant internationally and has been designed to be culturally sensitive. It includes top quality teaching and assessment resources involving appropriate contexts for teaching and learning in international schools.

Key Stages

The Oxford School is following the UK National Curriculum through Cambridge Pathway for students from Foundation Stage (FS) to Post-16. The school curriculum is adapted to the local requirements, supplemented by the UAE Ministry of Education. The school is an accredited Cambridge International Examination, and Edexcel centre prepares students for life beyond the school.

Our programmes are deeply rooted in the Islamic values and Emirati culture by incorporating the world cultures to nurture our students as global citizens. The school is following a skill-based curriculum, that helps students to become confident, reflective, responsible, independent, and compassionate human beings.

The school is following a range of subjects from FS to year 13 to ensure adequate skills are embedded in their system to succeed in this new world. Islamic education is compulsory for the Muslim students from year 2- 13 and the Arabic language is taught for Arab and Non- Arab students separately. Arabic- A is taught for year 2- 13. Arabic- B is compulsory for year 2-10, and it is an optional subject for year 11- 13.

Key Stage Foudation Stage Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Sixth Form
Age 4 5-8 7-12 11-15 14-17 16-18
Year Group FS2 Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 6
Year 7
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13

Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage curriculum complies with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. TOS ensures a stimulating, caring and vibrant environment established where children learn essential social skills and thrive on the planned learning opportunities, particularly in early reading, writing, mathematics, and inquiry and exploration. The learning is achieved through the deep focus on engagement, motivation and thinking.

Prime Areas

  • Making Relationships
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feeling and Behaviour
  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Selfcare
  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Specific Areas

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures

Specific Areas

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology
  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

Cambridge International Primary Programme

The school’s primary curriculum (Key stage 1 and 2) complies with Cambridge Primary Programme, to provide a broad and balanced education for our students, it ensures that our learners thrive throughout their schooling and in their life. The programme provides ample opportunities to develop creativity, expression and well-being in a variety of ways.  The school ethos, culture and national context are considered while developing the curriculum. We ensure the curriculum meets the needs of all learners, build on students’ strengths and interests, and develop their confidence to learn and work independently and collaboratively.


In key stage 1 and 2, keeping in mind the holistic development of our young learners, our focus is to instil 21st-century skills in our students. The curriculum is enriched by exposing students to fun-filled trips where they apply concepts in real-life scenarios. Learning through structured play, student-led conferences, exploring the scientific world through investigations, critical thinking and problem-solving forms an integral part of the Key Stage 1 and 2 curricula.

Key Stage 1 and 2

Arabic, Islamic Education, English, Mathematics, Science, UAE Social Studies (Year 2 onwards), Humanities, French, Computing, PE, Moral Education (Year 2 onwards), Life Skills, Art, French, Urdu, Music, Drama (year 1), Guided Reading (Year1), Library

Cambridge Secondary and Advanced Programme

The school’s lower and upper secondary curriculum (Key stage 3 and 4) comply with the Cambridge Secondary Programme essentially builds on the learning in Key Stage 2 and provides the foundation for Key Stage 5. There is a strong impetus on developing a foundation in all key subject areas through a flexible, challenging, inspiring, and culturally sensitive yet international in approach. The approach enhances an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.


Key stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) focuses on developing effective contributors, successful learners, responsible citizens and confident individuals. It involves studying four compulsory and four optional subjects in greater depth leading to IGCSE.  Students gain the essential skills they need for success at university and in their future careers. In key stage 4, careful attention is given in designing and implementing the curriculum by giving a variety of subject options and activities. All school staff support the development of the learner attributes and other qualities identified in the school’s vision. Breadth, balance and coherence are built-in by design, aim to enrich personal and social outcomes as well as academic goals. The curriculum ensures that the learning does not begin or end in classrooms but permeates the school environment and broader community.

Key stage 3 (year 7, 8, and 9)

Arabic, Islamic Education/ Value Education, English, Mathematics, Science, French/ Urdu, Computing, Information and Communication Technology, PE, Art, Urdu, Humanities, UAE Social Studies, Moral Education, Music (Year 7), Geography, Library (year 7)

Key stage 4 (year 10 and 11)

Compulsory subjects

Arabic A (for Arab students), Islamic Education/ Value Education, First Language English/ English as a Second Language, Mathematics, PE, Moral Education, UAE Social Studies (year 10) and Information and Communication Technology

Optional subjects (any 4 subjects)

Arabic B, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art and design, Economics, Environmental Management, Psychology, Accounting, Business Studies, Travel and Tourism, French, Urdu, Enterprise, Geography.

Cambridge International Advanced Level/ Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE

The sixth formers (post-16 or key stage 5) is given an option of choosing between Cambridge curriculum, Edexcel and BTEC qualifications as per their passion and career interest.  The school curriculum ensures that learners are prepared well for university study. The curriculum opportunities ensure students are capable of independent thinking; apply knowledge and understanding to new as well as familiar situations; able to think logically; present coherent arguments and communicate clearly.

Post -16 Key stage 5 (year 12 and 13)

Compulsory subjects

Arabic A (for Arab students), Islamic Education/ Value Education, Moral Education

Optional subjects (Minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 subjects)

Arabic B, Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Psychology, Accounting, Business Studies, Information Technology