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“The bond between the school, the teachers and the students is outstanding.”
Our Upper School curriculum offers a challenging and balanced academic education, equipping students for the opportunities and demands that they will meet in the future. Our committed teaching staff utilise a range of teaching styles to deliver a broad-based curriculum, with most students taking 9 IGCSEs and going on to take between 4 and 5 A Levels.
We work closely with educational and industrial partners to provide students with a broad and varied perspective, in addition to their academic work. Class sizes are restricted to ensure that all students receive individual support. All Upper School students are personally mentored through careers advice sessions in selecting and applying to universities and colleges around the world.
“Da Vinci is bringing out my son’s full potential.”
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GCSE/IGCSE subjects are examined by one of the following four examination boards: AQA, CIE, Edexcel or OCR.
Combined Science: Synergy
A LEVEL SUBJECTS
A Level subjects are examined by one of the following four examination boards: AQA, CIE, Edexcel or OCR.
Upon successful completion of their GCSE/IGCSEs, students follow the A Level curriculum in Years 12 and 13, choosing a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 subjects. Students are able to select subjects from the list below:
The range of subjects may change, depending on the needs and interests of the students. Please consult the school for further information.
WHY THE A LEVEL IS STILL THE GOLD STANDARD
A Levels are recognised throughout the world as being the Gold Standard for entrance to university. University life can be both exciting and challenging. Studying A Levels prepares students well for this transition and ensures that they have the tools they need for success in the wider world. Today, A Levels continue to be the most popular route to university for international students.
“We believe that the A Level curriculum best meets the requirements of our individual students and puts them in a better position when it comes to applying for their chosen university course.”
Capitalising on students’ interests and strengths
Students are able to pursue their own interests and capitalise on their own strengths when selecting their A Level subjects. This ensures a greater chance of success and gives students an unrivaled depth of knowledge which is internationally acknowledged by universities around the globe. This approach offers a combination of subjects that bests suits each individual student. At Da Vinci, we build our timetable around the option choices that our students make, ensuring that most get the combination that they want.
“A Level courses examine subjects in depth, which is a definite advantage prior to studying specialist academic subjects at university.”
A Levels rather than the IB
The differences between the traditional A Level curriculum and the newer International Baccalaureate is currently a very hot topic in the media. Having considered the pros and cons of each course we believe that the A Level curriculum best meets the requirements of our individual students, prepares them better for university life and gives them the best chance of securing their preferred university choice.
“The success rate for A Level applicants in securing places at their first or second choice universities is 81%, compared to 69% for those studying the International Baccalaureate.”
(Source: The IB Statistic Bulletin May 2013 Examination Session)
Why we favour A Levels:
Why we do not offer the IB:
Beyond A Level
At Da Vinci, our A Level programme is supplemented by additional learning and extension opportunities that are flexible, current, topical and challenging. All our A Level students attend English classes in order to maintain their comprehension, note-taking, summary and writing skills at the highest Level. They also attend Physical Education classes and all are obliged to perform in-school community service as well as participate in the English @ Work programme.
Our young scholars and aspiring professionals experience the wider world through company visits and residential trips, which take our students beyond Belgium’s borders.