Curriculum

The Remove (Year 12) and Upper Sixth (Year 13)

All students study three subjects for A level, or four if they are studying Further Mathematics. Most subjects follow the A level courses but Classical Greek and German follow the Pre-University (Pre-U) course (at least until 2022, after which Pre-U no longer runs). To guarantee some breadth of study, all students also take part in our own Liberal Studies programme in conjunction with James Allen’s Girls’ School– during the two years of the Upper School. Liberal Studies courses are not assessed: they aim to develop students’ broader knowledge and to help them in their preparation for life beyond school. The programme is very wide-ranging and incorporates a number of lectures given by visiting speakers.

In addition to their chosen subjects, all students follow an A Level Plus programme in the Remove. Students choose two courses over three terms. The aim here is to fire students’ intellectual enthusiasm, allowing them to become familiar with areas that lie just beyond the reach of the normal curriculum. A Level Plus enables students to take courses that complement their A level subject choices, and to deepen their knowledge, often to near-undergraduate level. Indeed, courses are designed to introduce students to the subjects they want to study at university and the professions they might pursue afterwards. We appreciate the intellectual excitement that takes place where the traditional subjects overlap. Therefore, many courses are also interdisciplinary in nature,  involving, for example, Art, Literature, Music and History being studied together. Courses also often provide opportunities for students to participate in competitions, such as the Weizmann Safecracking Competition in the Engineering course, or Target 2.0 in the Finance course.

Courses in Critical Thinking are available in the A level Plus programme in Year 12, and in the Liberal Studies programme in Year 13, where the courses are designed to prepare students for the many pre-interview assessment tests now required by many subjects at both Oxford and Cambridge.

The skills and knowledge developed in both Liberal Studies and A Level Plus courses will be used by students to help them complete an Extended Project Qualification or to plan and write an internally assessed extended essay of 2000 words. These are key components of our Dulwich Diploma, which recognises the academic and co-curricular aspects of a Dulwich education, and is awarded to students when they leave the College.

Details of the wide range of subjects currently available may be found in the Upper School Curriculum booklet which the College publishes annually. Students may choose freely from these, and the timetable is designed to accommodate as many of the choices as possible.

There is, in addition, a Games afternoon for all students, as well as time for private study.

There are additional, regular sessions to assist those students preparing for competitive university entry, including to Oxbridge, Medical Schools and American Universities.

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