Post-16 Phase

Our Post-16 Phase is being developed with the following core principles:

  • To ensure we are able to offer accessible courses for our students’ abilities and passions, and provide qualifications which will help access higher education institutions and the workplace.
  • To build independent, responsible and resilient citizens by giving our students greater autonomy. Post 16 students will receive the opportunity of greater freedom to help transition them into the independent life at university, as well as further leadership opportunities as student leaders of GNS.
  • To provide students with opportunities to enhance their studies by developing skills beyond the classroom, giving them opportunities to develop social responsibility as well as to contribute to the community and continue their journey to become leading global citizens of the world.

Selecting Your Courses


  • Consider subjects you enjoy and currently do well in. Give some thought to choosing subjects that you have not studied before but don’t be tempted to choose them just because they are new. Make sure you have the skills, knowledge and aptitudes which are suited to the study of those subjects.
  • Listen to the advice of your teachers.
  • Don’t choose a subject because your friends have. Choose what’s right for you.
  • Research which subjects are required or are of benefit for the career you wish to pursue. You don’t want to discover that you can’t access the career you want because you don’t have the right A levels.
  • Ensure that you do not exclude yourself from any university courses that you may wish to pursue (for example by having too few full A levels or the wrong subjects).

Compulsory Courses for Year 12 and 13

  • Arabic (MoE)
  • Islamic
  • Physical Education
  • Moral Education
  • UAE SS

Enrichment Activities

  • Photography
  • Prefect / Student Council
  • Model United Nations
  • Career guidance and advice
  • My Path to Uni ) preparation for university

Courses offered in Years 12 and 13

Biology Business
Chemistry English
History Information Technology
Mathematics Psychology

Post 16 Booklet Guide: 

Applications to Post-16 will be reviewed and a conditional offer may be made subject to interviews.

Prerequisites: Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for Sixth Form. The standard requirement on to our 'AS', ‘IAS’, ‘IAL’ and 'A' Level pathway is 4 GCSE's at Grade 4 (C) or above plus the minimum requirements of each subject. There are specific subjects studied in Post 16 that will require higher GCSE grades such as Mathematics and the single Sciences. Exceptions may be made, but only after consultation and agreement with the Head of Secondary School and the Head of Post 16.Click here for GNS Post 16 Option Booklet with BTEC 23-24

Courses will only be run where there is sufficient student uptake.

The courses choice structure may be subject to change at any time.


Who must take the EmSAT?

  • All Emirati student in the American system as part of equalization.
  • Expats have a choice of EmSAT English OR TOEFL OR IELTS and EmSAT Math OR Sat Math for equalization.
  • Emirati students who study the English National Curriculum.
  • Students in either curriculum (American or ENC) who plan on studying in the UAE at government universities (UAEU, Fatima College, Khalifa University, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic and HCT) or private universities.

NB:  Students must complete the EmSAT before applying for National Service.

What will the EmSAT scores be used for?

  • Scholarship consideration in the UAE
  • University admission to government and private colleges in the UAE

Special Considerations

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NB:  You may visit  to get the latest information from the Ministry of Education.

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