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Arab Unity School was founded in 1974 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The school educates over 3000 students – from more than 35 nationalities – from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Arab Unity School became a Cambridge Assessment International Education centre in 1990 offering Cambridge Primary, Cambridge Secondary 1, Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International A Levels.
We spoke to Shibu Mammen, Administrative Supervisor and Examination Officer, to find out more about the school and in particular their successful Cambridge International A Level programme.
How many of your students enter for Cambridge International A Levels?
Every year, around 150 students take Cambridge International A Levels exams in a range of subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Mathematics, Travel & Tourism, Media Studies, Applied ICT, and Psychology.
How is the qualification perceived by parents and learners?
We believe that Cambridge International A Levels are regarded as the best in the region. Parents and learners are very comfortable with the quality of Cambridge exams. They find the curriculum to be of the highest standard and like the flexibility it offers to students when making their subject choices.
How do your students find the transition to university?
As Cambridge International A Levels are widely accepted throughout the world, our learners have no difficulty in getting university places. They come back and tell us proudly how they excel in competition with their fellow students in universities abroad. Learners who have done Cambridge International A Levels and joined universities have remarked that they found it easy to adjust to the new course.
What support do you give to your Cambridge International A Level students?
Every year we welcome learners to our Cambridge International A Level programme, and since it is their first step to an exciting career we take it upon ourselves to do everything we can to guide them in the proper way.
We start off with an orientation programme showcasing the various subjects on offer and career prospects. This gives the students a taste of what they could expect in their futures. Once they have zeroed in on their interests, we see to it that they are nurtured in their respective areas. For this we give them past papers to solve. We also provide remedial teaching to the students who want special attention so that they are on a par with their friends.
To give the students a break from their usual curriculum, we give them the opportunity to take on the role of the teacher. They are assigned certain topics and are encouraged to lead classes. We have received positive feedback for this initiative both from the students and their parents who find it a captivating experience. We also see that they are well prepared for their exams by conducting two mock examinations.
What do you like about the Cambridge approach?
The Cambridge curriculum is drafted very carefully after in-depth research by experts to cater for the individual needs of every student. The aims and objectives for each topic are well defined which helps us make a smooth transition between topics. The teaching and learning resources provided enable both teachers and students to progress from stage to stage, ready for the next challenge.
We have an office in Dubai that supports schools across Middle East and North Africa. Contact the team.