Dover College

Senior & Sixth


Taking time to reflect upon your academic interests and abilities, and considering which subjects to study at GCSE, is an important part in your development as a person. The decisions you make now will help influence your future, so think carefully before choosing your options and think also about building upon success and what you find enjoyable and worthwhile.

In order to ensure that every Dover College pupil is equipped with a good balance of skills and knowledge, certain subjects are compulsory at GCSE level. These subjects constitute what is known as the ‘core curriculum’, and include subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science. In addition, pupils choose a number of optional subjects. The decision regarding which of these optional subjects should be studied is an important one. I hope that this booklet will provide you with some important information concerning the subjects that are available and will, in turn, help you to make a sensible and informed choice.

Of course, your time at school is not simply about academic work and examinations. To get the most out of Dover College, every pupil is urged to become involved in a wide range of sporting, cultural and recreational activities. It is very much the case, however, that the basis for a happy and fruitful time at school is also about getting the academic side of life right. Making the correct choices for GCSE should certainly put you on the path to achieve this.