Due to COVID-19 Harrow Beijing was closed from 24 January through to 31 August 2020. Students were provided with online learning through to the end of the 2019 – 2020 academic school year with the exception of two weeks in May when the school did re-open for Years 9, 11 and 12 though many students were not in Beijing at that time and were unable to attend school in person.
After I/GCSE examinations, students move into the next phase of the school to prepare themselves for life at university. This is a two-year programme in Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS Level) and Advanced Level (A-Level) study.
When students enter Year 12 they normally study four subjects at AS Level. In Year 13, students then usually decide to continue with three subjects at A-Level, which is the standard British A-Level curriculum.
The current subjects offered at A-Level for 2020 - 2021 are: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, English Language and Literature, Further Mathematics, Mandarin, Geography, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, and Physics.
At Harrow Beijing we also offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); a rigorous 5000-word independent student-research essay.
Students can also take part in a LAMDA qualification in Speaking in Public, Verse and Prose, Acting, The Shakespeare Qualification or the PcertLAM.
Each student's application to the Sixth Form is treated individually. Students should achieve minimum grades A*- B at I/GCSE in the subjects they wish to study at A-Level. If they do NOT do so, then they WILL still be considered for entry providing they have the minimum of five grades A*-C at I/GCSE but they may have to reconsider their subject choices.
As a procedure, this year 2020 – 2021, we are allowing 12 university applications per student with a UCAS application counting as five and the University of California counting as one. This procedure provides the opportunity for students to focus their applications on targeted universities and also lets universities know that an application from a Harrow Beijing student is a carefully considered decision. We do not simultaneously support an ED application to the United States and an application to the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge.
Harrow Beijing does not rank students or calculate GPA and only reports final marks earned on I/GCSE, AS Level examinations along with A-Level Grades/Predicted Scores on the transcript.
University Counsellors:Damien Tomkins