Pupils in Years 7 to 9 follow a curriculum which incorporates the best features of the National Curriculum with added subject choice. Pupils are provided with opportunities for learning which will prepare them to cope with the rigour of GCSE study at the highest level.
Dover College has a commitment to excellence and opportunity in education.
The curriculum reflects this, providing a wide range of both traditional and modern courses of study from which to make the final GCSE level choices. During the first three years in the Senior School, the emphasis is placed on sound preparation in academic skills and developing an enthusiasm for the subject. In Year 9, thorough advice on appropriate GCSE options is also provided which includes careers education. Pupils are placed in ability sets in subjects where this enhances achievement; these include Mathematics, English and Modern Foreign Languages.
Pupils study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They will also study History, Geography, French, Spanish, PE, Information Technology, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Economics, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language, Textiles and English as an Additional Language is taught to International pupils requiring it.
Latin and Mandarin have recently been introduced to Years 7 and 8.
A structured Personal and Social Education course is also delivered. It aims to foster a greater understanding of today’s society and assist pupils in taking responsibility for their own and others’ well-being.