The Wider Curriculum

3 + 1 - your wider curriculum options explained

Most pupils in the Sixth Form study three A Level subjects and an additional fourth option chosen from the list below.

1. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The EPQ provides an exciting opportunity for pupils to extend their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus and prepare for university-level study. It is worth more university entrance points than an AS qualification, with the top grade of an A* valued at 28 points compared to 20 points for the top grade of an A at AS level.

There is no restriction on the topic chosen or the mode of final exposition: it can be a dissertation, investigation/field study, performance or artefact.

There is huge emphasis on the whole EPQ research ‘journey’, rather than just the final outcome. Pupils will write a 5000-word dissertation or present an artefact accompanied by a 1000-word report. Everyone will give a 10-minute presentation on their work.

An EPQ should enhance a UCAS application: universities are looking for evidence which demonstrates a facility for independent and innovative work and an increasing number of universities are including the EPQ in their offers to pupils.


2. Maths for Science

Others prefer to take our ‘Maths for Science’ course. This has been designed to give students the Maths skills that are necessary to access the Sciences at A-level. It is intended to allow pupils a greater flexibility of subject choice by removing the need for them to take Maths to support a Physics A-level. It should be noted that the course content will still be demanding and not designed for pupils who struggle with Maths. This is a one year course that will be taught for one double lesson a week throughout the Lower Sixth. It does not lead to a formal qualification, but should help pupils with their Sciences.

Please be aware that ‘Maths for Science’ would not be a suitable substitute for university courses that require a full Maths A-level. For instance, studying Physics and Maths together remains the preferred model for courses such as Engineering.


3. Leadership, Sport and Adventure (LSA)

We also offer our very own Leadership, Sport and Adventure (LSA) course for pupils interested in a more vocational option.

The LSA course is comprised of two existing qualifications, which together make up a combined offering that is exclusive to Dauntsey’s. This combination will be taught as a one-year course for a total of four periods a week over the course of the Lower Sixth.

ILM Level 2 Extended Award for Young Leaders

This Award is designed to help young learners develop a range of essential skills and behaviours.

They will learn about, and gain experience in, areas such as leadership, mentoring and volunteering. This will be done through a combination of classroom instruction and practical sessions outside of the classroom, which will be designed to give pupils real leadership opportunities.

The Award is assessed by pupils collecting evidence in a portfolio and this can be achieved in a number of ways. They always have to show evidence of their planning, practical experience and self-reflection, but within this there is considerable scope for their own initiative.

The Award is a nationally recognised qualification and may enhance a university application and future employability, though will not provide any UCAS points.

This part of the course is run by our Head of Adventure Education, Sam Moore.

The Youth Sports Award (YSA)

This Award is not about pupils’ sporting skills, but instead states its aims as helping pupils to ‘grow their leadership, enhance their wellbeing and to achieve in life’. For pupils who already do lots of sport, it will enable them to evidence what they have achieved. For pupils who are less active, it will challenge them to do more but will also provide other opportunities. These might involve helping with the organisation of a sporting event, or picking up qualifications in other areas like coaching, officiating or first aid.

The YSA is assessed by pupils collecting evidence that demonstrates their skills and experiences in areas like leadership, volunteering and teamwork. As part of this, it is anticipated that pupils will gain recognised qualifications in areas such as coaching and officiating.

As with the ILM Award, the YSA is designed to develop skills that may help with university applications and future employability, though will not provide any UCAS points.

This part of the course is run by our Director of Sport, Marcus Olsen.


4.The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International pupils are advised to take the essential IELTS qualification for non-native English speakers as one of their timetabled options, although it can also be taken outside of the normal timetable if preferred.



Study four subjects at A Level

Some pupils opt to study 4 A Levels, although this is usually only recommended for pupils taking Further Mathematics as one of their options. It is possible to also include an EPQ if desired. Some pupils may drop to three subjects in the Upper Sixth. If this is your intention, please note that an AS qualification is only available if the ‘dropped’ subject is a Foreign Language.

Sixth Form Courses Booklet and FAQs document

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

Complementary Curriculum Programme

Everybody will also take our popular Complementary Curriculum programme in the Lower Sixth. The aim of the programme is to encourage students to think about matters that are not normally covered by their academic studies.

  • All pupils will choose two taught modules - each module lasts for approximately one term. See sample list below.
  • Pupils also attend a series of talks and lectures given by outside speakers.
  • Presentations on Study skills.
  • Some of the Complementary Curriculum sessions are given over to careers advice and University applications.

Examples of taught modules

  • Cookery 1
  • Cooking simple suppers
  • Current Affairs
  • Creative Writing
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Film Studies
  • Employability: What is it? How do I develop it?
  • First Aid
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Learning to learn from experience
  • Mandarin
  • Money Management
  • Photography
  • Political Theory and International Relations
  • Print Media Platforms - Revamping
  • The Dauntsey Diary
  • Self Defence/Conflict resolution
  • Yoga

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