Year 12 entry

Open Days and Visits 2017 - 2018

Prospective candidates for the Upper School at age16 are encouraged to visit the College. Visitors are welcome during the school day by prior arrangement; for a tour of the College and an individual appointment with the Head of Upper School, please contact the Upper School Registrar on 020 8299 9263 or email

Entry Procedures and Timetable

Entry to the Year 12, September 2018

Year 12 (16+)
Age on 1 September 2018 Preferably under 17
Number of places available Up to 30 boarding places. Occasional day places.
Scholarships and Bursaries Sports and Music available
Closing date for Registration Late applications will be considered by the Head of Upper School subject to availability of places.
Entrance Examinations Boarding applicants at school in the UK will be invited to Dulwich College. For overseas applicants we are usually able to arrange for the testing to take place in the candidate’s country of origin.

Qualifications for entry to the Year 12

The Upper School provides a demanding academic curriculum that requires both intellectual ability and a strong work ethic. It is therefore suitable only for boys who have both of these qualities.

For all candidates, places are offered on the basis of their performance in the College’s entrance examinations.

For those candidates currently studying GCSEs, we also require 14 points as a minimum entry requirement, where A* counts as 3 points, A as 2 points, B as 1 point. Following the introduction of the numerical system from September 2017, the following will apply: Grades 8 and 9 = 3 points, Grade 7 = 2 points and Grade 6 = 1 point. We would expect candidates to achieve significantly higher than our minimum grade requirement. GCSEs should include (i) English Language, (ii) Mathematics and (iii) an A/A* grade in the three subjects to be studied at Advanced level, where appropriate.

If you would like to apply for a place in the Upper School at Dulwich College, please read the following:


Successful candidates are offered places at the College on the basis of their performance in the entrance examinations. The offer will be dependent on a satisfactory reference from the candidate’s current school. The place is subject to the College’s Standard Terms and Conditions.

The place will be confirmed on receipt of the completed acceptance form and the payment of the non-refundable deposit. To secure a boarding place, a further non-refundable deposit of one term’s fees will be required.

Successful candidates who are offered a place are expected to complete two years of study.

Entrants for whom English is not their first language are required to make arrangements to sit an IELTS test before arriving, and to achieve level 6.

Specimen Papers


Entry into the Upper School (at aged 16+) is by examination and candidates are asked to sit entrance papers in the subjects that they wish to study at A level. For some subjects (Modern Languages, Theatre Studies, Physical Education, Classics, Art and Design & Technology ) assessment is by interview. Those who are not native English speakers will also be asked to sit an 'English as an Additional Language' paper.

A list of the subjects on offer at the College

Where possible, we also interview candidates in person. Our aim is to provide a friendly atmosphere for the interview during which the candidate will be allowed the opportunity to give further evidence of his academic strengths and an indication of interests and abilities and how he might make a contribution to the general life of the College.

Boarding applicants at school in the UK will be invited to Dulwich College on Saturday 25 November 2017.

If the candidate lives and studies overseas, we can arrange for him to sit our entrance papers in his country of residence by prior arrangement. In Russia, Hong Kong and China, we have representatives who invigilate the examinations on our behalf and elsewhere we use the British Council. Any associated costs are payable by the candidate.

We recommend that candidates look at the Year 12 specimen examination papers before taking the tests.

Additional time and/or use of a computer is available for boys who have an Educational Psychologist’s report that makes this recommendation. Please make the Upper School Registrar aware of this at the time of application.

Request a printed prospectus

Senior School Prospectus

Register your son

Registration form


Please complete our registration form and return it to the Upper School Registrar together with the registration fee. This may be paid either by cheque (payable to Dulwich College) or online via WisePay. Please also include a passport-sized photograph of the candidate, a copy of the candidate’s latest school report and any other documents that will support the application (e.g. music certificates, a personal statement).

Please note that places are not allocated in order of registration. Whilst we are happy to accept earlier registrations, the usual period for receipt of applications is between September and November in the year preceding the desired date of admission.

Contact the Registrar

The Upper School Registrar, Mrs Helen Delves, is responsible for dealing with enquiries regarding admission to Year 12, and for the administration of the entry procedure.

Please contact the Upper School Registrar if you have any queries concerning admissions at this entry point:

Telephone: 020 8299 9281

Mrs Helen Delves

The Upper School Registrar

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