Academic Life

The Sixth Form is a very vibrant area of the School, with some 260 pupils in the Upper and Lower Sixth Forms (Years 12/13) enjoying the challenges of a broad-based, flexible curriculum.

The Sixth Form curriculum at Dauntsey’s is designed to provide the best possible preparation for life beyond school. Pupils are therefore offered the opportunity for real breadth of study, with a free choice of subjects rather than fixed option columns, as well as considerable opportunity for academic enrichment.

New qualifications were introduced in some A level subjects for first teaching in September 2015, with other subjects following in September 2016. A few subjects are not being reformed until September 2017, namely Classical Civilisation, Design and Technology, Maths, Further Maths and Music Technology.

The key points of the new A-Level structure are:

  • AS and A level qualifications will be linear.
  • AS will be a stand-alone qualification; therefore students will gain no credit towards their A level from AS assessments.
  • It is a requirement that AS can be co-taught with the first year of A level.

The subjects available are:

Art and Design History of Art
Biology History
Business Studies Latin
Chemistry Mathematics
Classical Civilisation Further Mathematics
Computer ScienceMusic
Design and Technology Music Technology
Drama and Theatre Studies Physical Education
Economics Physics
English Language Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
English Literature Spanish
French Photography - new for 2018-19, numbers permitting

Breadth & Enrichment

Pupils will have the choice of studying three or four A level subjects and a variety of other courses will be offered alongside these. The popular General Studies programme adds breadth and enrichment to everybody’s individual study programmes and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will be available as an option for all pupils. We are currently working on a range of additional courses for those choosing to focus on three subjects.

Some Advice

“ Use the time you have well. Work as hard in all areas of life as you possibly can. Although being social is important remember that the work you do will benefit you immensely in the long run. ”

— Upper Sixth pupil