Sixth Form Admissions
JESS Dubai

Sixth Form Admissions

JESS Dubai
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We are always delighted when students want to attend our Sixth Form.  If you would like to follow our world-class IB Programme or even channel your practical skills by following our specialist BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma courses, we would love to hear from you.

To learn more about the choices available to you, see our Sixth Form Curriculum and our Sixth Form Pathways brochure. Details on our Sixth Form entry criteria and application process can be found in the links below.

All applications to JESS Sixth Form must commence with an online expression of interest form and before applying, please ensure you are familiar with our debenture system.

Once we have your completed expression of interest form, you will receive a confirmation email within 5 working days which will include details of how to complete your application to the JESS Sixth Form.

Finally, our JESS Alumni have some amazing stories of their time at JESS Sixth Form and how it has helped them in their careers and studies. 



Entrance Criteria

The procedure for application and entry into any of the Sixth Form Programmes is outlined below:

General Expectations

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Full commitment to their studies
  • Excellent record of behavior and attitude to studies
  • High levels of attendance during the academic year
  • Willingness to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Ability to act as a positive role model to the rest of the school
  • Ability to embrace all opportunities afforded them
  • Willingness to get involved in many areas of school life
  • Willingness to undertake positions of leadership

Entrance Criteria - IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) - for JESS & external students

GCSE (or equivalent) Entry Requirements for Internal & External students

  1. ‘A’ grade passes are required for Higher Level subjects and ‘B’ grade passes for Standard Level.
  2. A student must meet the grade requirements for 3 Higher Level and 3 Standard Level courses within the JESS Options Blocks.
  3. Students must have the academic ability to cope with the rigour of the IBDP.

NOTE (for JESS students only):

  • Where students have failed to meet the entry requirement for one subject, a final decision will be made by the Deputy Head (KS5). This decision is made on the understanding that occasionally a weakness in a particular subject can be compensated by demonstrated strengths in the other five subject chosen as part of the IB Diploma seeing as it is a programme of study as opposed to individualised examinations.
  • Where a student fails to meet the minimum entry requirement for two or more subject then the alternative Diploma Courses option should be sought.

Entrance Criteria - IB Diploma Courses (for Y11 JESS students only)

  1. English Language and Mathematics at GCSE Level, Grade C or above.
  2. ‘A’ grade passes are required for Higher Level subjects and ‘B’ grade passes for Standard Level.
  3. Minimum of 1 Higher Level subject AND a minimum of 4 subjects in total.
  4. Students can opt to take the Core Diploma elements of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS).

4.1 Participation in the Theory of Knowledge lessons and Extended Essay induction is mandatory though students need not complete the formal assessments unless they wish to.

4.2 Students are also expected to complete a part of CAS so as to augment their CVs.

Entrance Criteria - BTEC Courses (for JESS & external students)

A minimum of 5 GCSE (or equivalent) grades, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above.
A strong academic history and interest in their chosen subject.

Application Process - All Sixth Form Programmes

Exact details of what is required will be requested following submission of the online-expression-of-interest-form (see above), but below are examples of the kind of documents and information normally required for Sixth Form applications:

Options Form: All students will complete an online options form, in which they select their preferred course of study.

Curriculum Vitae: All students will need to submit a CV to the Sixth Form Office. Provide evidence of achievements, leadership roles, extra-curricular engagement and responsibilities. These should be summarised in a CV of your own making (one A4 sheet will suffice). The information should reflect activities undertaken both inside and outside of school and can be of an academic or non-academic nature. It is also useful to include any supplementary educational qualifications that you may hold (e.g. music certification etc). The idea is to show off your strengths in a summative manner.

Interview: In certain situations a follow-up interview may be required to ascertain the viability of a proposed programme of study with both student(s) and parent(s). This may involve a discussion of all of the above and how the student intends to build on these areas in Years 12 and 13. Students will be asked how they will contribute to life at JESS as a whole in conjunction with their own personal and academic development. The expectations of a JESS IB student will also be outlined and discussed in detail during this interview.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of 5000AED is required to be paid by the Options deadline (early February) in order to secure a place. This is then partly deducted from the first term's fees at JESS.

External Students: External applicants will be required to sit an entry test in Mathematics and English (this can be sent overseas) and may be required to attend an interview. Please note that priority is given to JESS students first. Whilst we will accept applications a year in advance for September entry, we will not continue with the application until mid-February when we are aware of how many places we will have available.