Year 12 entry

Each academic year, around 40 new boys enter the Upper School into Year 12 (aged 16 plus). The great majority of these are international boarders who join the boys moving up from Year 11, making a year group of around 230 students, divided into 22 forms.

Open Days and Visits

Prospective candidates for the Upper School at 16+ are encouraged to visit the College.

For individual appointments with the Head of Upper School, or to enquire about Year 12 places, please contact the Upper School Registrar on 020 8299 9281 or email

Entry Procedures and Timetable

Entry to Year 12 (16+) in September 2020

Age of applicant Applicants will preferably be under 17 years old
Number of places available Up to 30 boarding places. Candidates for day places will be considered on a case-by-case basis if such places become available
Music Scholarships available
Closing date for Registration The deadline for applications is Friday 15 November 2019. Further applications will be considered subject to availability of places
Date of Examinations Applicants at schools in the UK will be invited to sit our entrance examinations at Dulwich College on Saturday 16 November 2019
If the applicant lives overseas, we will arrange for him to sit the tests in his country of residence. Where we do not have representatives who can invigilate the papers on our behalf, we use the British Council
Examinations Applicants are asked to sit entrance examinations in the subjects that they want to study at A level. For some subjects (e.g. Theatre Studies, Art, Design & Technology) assessment is by interview. Those who are not native speakers will also be required to sit an English test
Interview Overseas candidates may be interviewed after the examinations by the most suitable method available, such as Skype or Facetime
Results Published within three weeks of the examinations

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 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) a grade 8 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 a minimum of level 6.

Register your son

Please complete the registration form and pay the registration fee online. 

Students sitting the examinations at Dulwich College in London should complete the UK Year 12 Registration form

Registration forms for UK candidates Years 12

Students sitting the examinations overseas should complete the Overseas Year 12 Registration form 

Registration form for overseas candidate Year 12

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.

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.

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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