First UAE A Level Exam Results Revealed

Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi A Level results received by highlight a steady improvement in grades in schools across the UAE.
First UAE A Level Exam Results Revealed
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A level results are out for 2018 and it seems that UAE students have not only done well in the exams but are also heading to good universities.

Starting with Al Ain, Brighton College, Al Ain's only outstanding school according to ADEK's rankings in 2018 had a small first cohort of 16 students for its A levels this year, with 11% of results A*, 40% A* - A and 81% from A*- C.

Dr Ken Greig, Headmaster, said: "I’m delighted for our pupils and for all that they have achieved in their time at the College. They were our trailblazers and they have set a very high standard for those who follow.”

Iona Stewart who achieved A*A*A*A and is going on to read Human, Social & Political Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Heath Hollingsworth who scored A*A*AA  is heading to Agricultural Science at University of California Davis.

Other university destinations include British Columbia, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, California Davis, Cambridge and King's College London.

Brighton College Abu Dhabi's cohort of 69 students have all passed the A levels. 14% achieved A*, 42% A*-A and 95% A*-C.

Eight students have achieved the highest grades and are headed to Oxford, Worcester, University of Edinburgh and Exeter.

Aldar Academies Al Yasmina Academy is celebrating another year of successful A-Level results.

 The academy’s cohort of 38 A-Level students earned a 100% pass rate overall, with 87% achieving one or more A* - C grades. 71% of students also gained one or more A*- B grades – a 3% rise over 2017’s results. Meanwhile, 8% of students achieved all A*/A grades, with 34% gaining one or more A* to A grades.

Dr Tim Hughes, Al Yasmina Academy Principal said: “It’s been hugely satisfying to see our students exceed expectations and make outstanding progress at Al Yasmina Academy. In particular, their exceptional performance in the STEM disciplines, which are such an integral part of our future-focused curriculum. This is another results day to be proud of for our entire academy community.”

Among the rest of the academy’s top performers, Callum Lynn of the UK earned 3 A grades, while Mexico’s Jimena Del Valle Lopez Vallejo earned 1 A*, 1A and 1B. 

The British School, Al Khubairat had 115 students in its A level cohort. 34% scored A*- A, 69% got A*-B and 89% achieved A* - C. Two of the students are headed to Cambridge.

The BTEC students achieved 67% Distinction, which is the equivalent to A*A at A Level.

Moving to Dubai, perennial high achiever Dubai College has had another successful set of A Level results with 59% of all examinations provisionally awarded an A or A* and 25% of all grades awarded an A*. One third of the 128 students sitting A Levels achieved all As and A*s while 96% achieved A* - C.

Nine students have achieved a full house of A*s, ensuring they met their respective offers from Cambridge, Imperial, Yale, UC Berkeley, Queens in Canada and University College, Dublin. Head Girl Ellie O’Keeffe who achieved five A*s will be heading to the University of Cambridge to study Medicine.

Head of Sixth Form, Bobby Trivic, said: “We know how difficult it is to achieve top grades in these new A Levels, so for our students to achieve an A* in one quarter of all examinations sat is testament to their hard work and multidisciplinary talents. It is reassuring to see that Dubai College students are maintaining very high levels of achievement and still gaining access to the very best seats of learning in the world with 3 students heading to each of Oxford and Cambridge and a further 6 students heading to Ivy League schools."

A level results at Jumeirah College this year have also been outstanding. Out of the 138 students who sat the exam this year 11% achieved an A* with 41% at either A* or A grade. 77% of grades were A*-B.  Two students achieved straight A* grades with just under 20% of the cohort achieving all A*/A grades. 55% of the students achieved no lower than a B grade.

Jumeirah College Principal, Simon O’Connor, said: "We are thrilled that, yet again, our students have achieved such wonderful results. The majority of subjects were new specifications this year and, as a result, teachers did not have the resources that they have had historically – or a clarity of what was required. Not only that, but the new courses are significantly harder. This makes the results all the more impressive."

Dubai British School has had 56 students in its A level cohort this year. 40% scored A*-A  up from 37% last year. 69% achieved A*-B, while 89% got  A*- C.

Principal Brendon Fulton said: "We are exceptionally proud of our Post-16 results which continue to improve year-on-year, enabling almost all of our students to move confidently on to their first choice option for tertiary studies. The students and their families I’m sure will be as proud as our staff are."

This year, 1,350 GEMS students in the UAE from eight schools sat for the A level exams, with 17% of students achieving an A* grade and 73% achieving an A*-B grades.

Varun Menon, from The Winchester School - Jebel Ali, has achieved outstanding five A* grades. 

Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer, GEMS Education, said: “ In light of this year’s exam success, our students will be able to accept offers from some of the best higher education institutions in the world. We are thrilled for them and proud of their accomplishments.”

At Dubai English Speaking College, which launched its hugely impressive new 6th form facilities in September 2017, a record cohort of 154 students achieved an overall pass rate of 99.8%, its highest number to date.  85% achieved a grade A*-C, once again a new record at DESC.  61% of students achieved the higher grades of A* - B, of which 36% gained A* or A grades.  "Given that DESC is not academically selective we are incredibly proud of these results," the school noted in a press release sent to

DESC was also keen to point out it offers an alternative, more vocational based pathway in the provision of BTEC. "We continue to provide an inclusive programme of A level and BTEC courses to suit the needs of all of our students.  This year we had our first cohort of Foundation Year students who have all passed their level 2 and 3 courses, enabling them to now access the next stage of their educational pathway..."

Sharjah English School had 29 students sitting for the A levels with 10% achieving A*. 40% got A*-A and 84% scored A*-C. 

Lucas Bley, the highest scorer at the school is heading to the United States Navy Academy for Aerospace Engineering. The other university destinations include Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London, Exeter University, and University of Bath.

25% of Scholars International Academy (SIA) A level cohort achieved A and 75% B. No grades were below C for the entire cohort.

Rob Ellis, Head of Secondary said: " This is a reflection of the resolve of teachers and staff alike to build a strong A Level programme. Our work is rewarded by our Year 13 grades on this very prestigious qualification. We have proven ourselves as the school for students who excel. Our students achieved their highest grades in Biology, followed by Chemistry and Physics."

The English College, Dubai had a cohort of 61 students with 164 exam entries. 5% achieved A*, whereas 22% scored A*-A and 85% were graded A* - C.

Some of the university destinations are Kings College London, Lancaster University and Nottingham Trent University among others.

For more, please continue to come back to this article. will continue to update the results through today and this week as more data is revealed to us....

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