The GCSE Years

The GCSE curriculum at Dauntsey’s is followed in the Fourth and Fifth Forms and is designed to provide the best possible preparation for life in the Sixth Form and beyond. Several core subjects are therefore compulsory: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, and Science (equivalent to two subjects). There is also the opportunity for real breadth of study, with a wide range of optional subjects that pupils can choose freely from, rather than having to select from fixed option columns. The majority of pupils choose four option subjects, though the most academic may choose five.

The options currently offered are:

  • Art and Design
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Spanish

IGCSE subjects at Dauntsey’s are: English, Mathematics, History, French, German, Spanish, all Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

New GCSE Grading Structure

I/GCSEs are being reformed and will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1. Please see our New GCSE Grading Structure page for more detailed information.

Pupils will also have timetabled Complementary Curriculum lessons. These are designed to give breadth and enrichment to academic programmes, as well as providing pupils with the opportunity to study and discuss a range of important issues. Pupils will also have timetabled lessons in PE (Fourth Form only) and Games.