Academic Overview

At King’s College Doha we place a strong emphasis on specialist subject teaching with specialist teachers working down all the way to the Pre-School and all subjects are specialist teacher-led from Year 5 onwards. This is a unique approach in Doha that we believe enables children to fulfil their academic potential and ensure that they are challenged through teaching by enthusiastic and dedicated specialist teachers.

Academic Overview

Co-curricular is woven into the curriculum as an integral part of our fulfilling and extended school day. A King’s education ensures pupils are not only nurtured to achieve beyond their perceived academic boundaries but also discover their passion and talents beyond typical classroom activities.

We prepare our pupils for their GCSE and A-Level examination and plan for high academic success in all areas of the curriculum. Our curriculum for GCSE and A-Level will be structured on the King’s UK curriculum which combines the core subjects of English, Maths and Science with foundation subjects.

Pre-School and Reception (ages 3 to 5)

The moment a child joins our Pre-Prep at the age of 3, they embark upon an adventure in which they will lay the foundations for all future learning.

Our Pre-School and Reception has been specially designed to make learning experiences irresistible and memorable. We encourage learning to continue beyond the classroom walls, with excellent opportunities to use outside learning areas as well as an extensive, internal, shared learning space.

Favourable small class sizes enable our UK trained and well-qualified expert early years teachers to get to know their children incredibly well. We know what inspires and ignites interest in each child and as a result can tailor their experiences to their individual needs and styles.

Each class is supported by a full-time teaching assistant so all children can receive the support they need to make their expected progress and beyond. There are no boundaries for growth at King’s; we employ specialist teachers from the Pre-Prep all the way through to 6th form to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed at their own pace.

Years 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 7)

Years 1 and 2 build on all the wonderful learning the pupils have experienced whilst in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our curriculum is based on the King’s College, UK curriculum and rooted in the English National Curriculum but with the freedom to steer learning journeys to foster individual interests and needs.

The pupils continue to be taught in mixed-ability classes with each class teacher supported by a teaching assistant to ensure excellent adult to child ratios are maintained throughout your child’s time in the Pre-Prep. The class teacher teaches the pupils English, Maths, Science, Phonics, Reading, Handwriting, Spelling and Humanities. Specialist teachers deliver Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music, P.E., and Swimming.

Years 3 and 4 (ages 7 to 9)

As pupils move into Year 3, they will be asked to take a greater degree of responsibility for their work. Assessment gradually becomes more formalised and children receive more specialist teaching. Throughout this stage we maintain a personalised approach to learning, aiming to nurture ‘curious minds’ and to create a fun and engaging environment through themes and project learning.

From Year 3, pupils are taught within their mixed-ability classes with their class teacher teaching them for many of their subjects. Specialist teachers continue to deliver Arabic, Islamic Studies, Music, PE and Swimming. From Year 4 more specialist teaching is introduced with the addition of Art and Science added as specialist subjects.

Years 5 and 6 (ages 9 to 11)

In Year 5 children move into form groups to begin their subject lessons with specialist teachers leading every lesson, covering the full academic curriculum. It is evident by the work the children produce that they are well prepared for this progression and enjoy the focus and challenges offered.

Year 6 sees the continuation and culmination of the academic and emotional development the children have naturally undergone. By the end of Year 6, they are ready to move into Year 7, and take on the increased responsibilities and opportunities available for their final years in Prep.

Unlike any other schools in Qatar, children in Years 5 to 8 at King’s are taught by subject specialist teachers in all lessons – Maths, English, Science, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Qatari History, Humanities, Computing, P.E., Swimming, Music, Art, DT and PSHE. This gives pupils the opportunities to learn beyond their perceived boundaries in preparation for the Senior school and entrance to the best UK, US and Qatar universities.


Years 7 and 8 (ages 11 to 13)

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 continue their natural development and growing confidence in an age appropriate environment, without the peer pressure associated with the teenage years. Our senior prep pupils are free to embrace the many opportunities to learn, aspire and achieve with enthusiasm and growing confidence.

Without exception, our Year 7 and 8 pupils rise to the many challenges we offer them to realise their potential; academically, socially and morally. Children acquire important study skills and an excellent work ethic, which is invariably demonstrated through their energetic approach to learning. We aim to inspire them all to give their best and celebrate their individual achievements, whatever they may be.

Year 9 (ages 13 to 14)

The Year 9 curriculum emphasises breadth and depth of understanding; every pupil studies the same wide range of subjects.

Our aim is to make the Year 9 curriculum as exciting and as challenging as possible. As well as preparing pupils for the start of their IGCSE courses, we hope to expose them to a wide range of new ideas, teaching them useful techniques and instilling productive work habits.

In this stage of school, the aim is to explore each subject, allowing study of a wider range of topics with a greater depth of understanding. We do not aim to cover the topics quickly or superficially. Each subject is taught by a subject specialist to ensure depth of knowledge and skill development is mastered before commencing their Year 10 IGCSE courses which are selected at the end of Year 9.

More formal assessments are introduced, and pupils start to experience IGCSE content, terminology and subject specific skills. 

Years 10 and 11 (ages 14 to 16)

GCSE Overview

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 study IGCSEs: English, English Literature, Mathematics, all three sciences (either through Double or Triple Award) and four or five others. All are expected to choose one modern foreign language and a large number of pupils opt to study two, including Arabic as a Second Language. Most pupils take nine or ten IGCSEs, but this is not essential, and we always try to tailor the workload to suit the individual. Progress is carefully monitored throughout the IGCSE years and all necessary support will be given to ensure that each pupil achieves the best possible outcomes.

 GCSE Options

King’s College Doha is a highly academic school that prides itself on the breadth and depth of its curriculum, the excellence of its teaching staff and its clear focus on equipping pupils with the skills and desire to become life-long independent learners. 

Academic life is at the forefront of every learning experience at King’s, serving as the foundation upon which all else is built.  Our first examination series will be in the summer of 2024 for our IGCSE examinations and 2025 for our A-level examinations, and we anticipate outstanding results. 

The majority of IGCSE courses at King’s College Doha follow the Pearson Edexcel syllabus and these subjects are graded on the IGCSE 1-9 scale. 

Outstanding IGCSE results will assist our pupils in progressing to their A-level courses, which in turn will enable them to access the very best universities, both in the United Kingdom and further afield. It is our ambition to see each one of our A-level pupils gain a place within the globally revered Russell Group or equivalent universities. 

Examination Fees  

Examination fees are payable upon confirmation of the examinations being taken by a pupil. Parents will be invoiced by the school (within the overall school fee invoice) in Term 3 in Year 11. The fee range is currently QR300 to QR700 per subject. Variation in fee structure is dependent upon the nature of the course and is controlled by the examining body. 

The Tutor System

We are committed to ensuring that every one of our pupils is known and valued as an individual and that the structures of support are close and effective. As a result, each pupil has a tutor who will support them, with their pastoral as well as their academic studies.

Tutors are experienced at putting together individual plans to ensure each pupil is happy and thriving, as well as achieving.

The tutor takes care of the pupil’s academic and co-curricular growth and engagement throughout their time with us. One-to-one meetings take place weekly, providing an opportunity for both tutor and pupil to develop trust and understanding.

The opportunity for a tutee to be able to build a trusted relationship with their tutor as a mentor is a real strength at King’s College and enables each child to flourish academically, culturally and socially, which enables King’s to stand out when compared to other Qatar colleges and universities.

King's College Doha
King's College Doha
English as an Additional Language (EAL)

At King’s, our primary language of instruction is English.

We acknowledge that many of our pupils are learning in their non-native language and therefore we offer excellent EAL programmes to ensure that all pupils can fully access the curriculum. Our EAL programmes offer pupils group sessions and one-to-one tuition. We also provide additional teaching and learning resources, online activities, and mentoring. Pupils attending additional EAL lessons will be consistently monitored, with regular assessments to track progress.

An extra charge may be applied for additional EAL support identified either at the time of your child being admitted or as they progress through the school.

Learning Support

We cater for the needs of each child, helping children to fulfil their unique potential. A dedicated Learning Support department is equipped to oversee the requirements of children with mild to moderate Special Educational Needs (SEN).

All children requiring learning support have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The Learning Support department supports all teachers in incorporating their children’s IEPs into their lesson planning, ensuring that their needs are catered for in all contexts. In addition, the Learning Support department runs individual or small group intervention sessions for children who require more focused support to access the curriculum.

We ensure the Learning Support department is equipped with the resources needed to support all children to make excellent progress.

King's College Doha
King's College Doha
Co-curricular at King’s

Enrichment is woven into the curriculum as an integral part of the school day. A King’s education ensures pupils are not only nurtured to achieve beyond their perceived academic boundaries, but also discover their passion and talents beyond typical classroom activities.

Enrichment activities do just that, they enrich the curriculum to give pupils supplementary opportunities to learn. They typically include:

  • structured, hands-on activities
  • activities that enrich understanding and personal development
  • activities to develop soft skills and qualities such as teamwork, independence, initiative and responsibility
  • learning by doing
  • career aspiration events
  • Guest speakers
  • STEM

We aim for King’s pupils to be capable, confident, happy and responsible global citizens.

Core subjectsAdditional subjects
ScienceArabic A/B
Islamic studies
Qatar History
Art and Design

At the end of Year 11, most pupils will sit a total of ten GCSE/(I)GCSE examinations, which are globally recognised

Below is an explanation of how the 1-9 GCSE/IGCSE scale is implemented.

Many Russell group Universities value a suite of qualifications which is known as the Ebacc. We would recommend a pupil to follow this model in order to achieve a well-balanced set of GCSE results on which A-Levels can be built.