Our A Level Programme

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.

Twenty-six subjects are offered at A Level. All our A Level courses are now 2 year linear courses with public examinations taken in the Summer Term at the end of the Upper Sixth/Year 13. The recent move away from modular AS exams to linear A Levels allows significantly more time for teaching and learning. Teachers are able to stretch pupils who would benefit from more opportunities to explore and learn the subject matter in real depth, while also having the time to help less confident pupils to really get to grips with their courses.

Three plus one (3 + 1)

Most pupils are advised to study three A-Level subjects and an additional fourth option, which could be another full A Level subject but for most will be one of our Lower Sixth-only courses; the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), our very own Maths for Science or Leadership, Sport and Adventure (LSA) courses, or for International pupils we advise they take the essential IELTS qualification for non-native English speakers. These options are timetabled for either two or four periods each week rather than the usual eight periods for an A Level subject. They are usually completed at the end of Year 12. We recommend that most pupils follow this course of study but we do offer alternative pathways. See below.

26 A Level Subjects

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History of Art
  • History
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Photography (from September 2018, numbers permitting)
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
  • Spanish

4 Possible Course Pathways

Pupils may choose their options based on any of the following course paths:

  • Study three subjects with an additional qualification - recommended for most pupils.
  • Study four subjects all the way through to A Level - recommended only for pupils taking Further Mathematics as one of their options.
  • Study four subjects for a year, then drop to three. Please note that an AS qualification is only available if the ‘dropped’ subject is a Foreign Language. This is recommended for pupils who are very interested in four subjects or who really want decide what to continue studying at the end of the Lower Sixth.
  • Study three subjects only - not recommended for anybody initially; we recommend at least starting with another subject or an additional qualification, even if that is later dropped.


Dauntsey's School Sixth Form Curriculum

Sixth Form Courses Booklet and FAQs

For a full explanation of the Sixth Form curriculum please download our:Sixth Form Curriculum booklet

3 + 1

Dauntsey's sixth form wider curriculum

Most pupils study three A Level subjects and an additional fourth option, which could be another full subject but for most will be one of our Lower Sixth-only courses: the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), Maths for Science or our very own Leadership, Sport and Adventure (LSA) course.

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.

sixth form pupil