Curriculum Overview

The Glenalmond curriculum aims to give pupils a wide choice of subjects at all levels in order to provide a broad and challenging education.

The school curriculum takes pupils from a broad base to a more focused approach in later years.

From 4th form pupils study for GCSEs, typically studying eight or nine subjects at this level. For Lower VI, they generally select four subjects to study to AS level, which they then narrow down to typically three A levels in Upper VI form. This structure allows pupils to study a breadth of different subjects, but to also develop a depth of learning in later years to lead them on towards their university studies.

Our subject range is vast, with 25 different subjects available at A Level, many more than in most other independent schools. This recognises the fact that all pupils will have different strengths - by offering such a wide choice, all pupils are able to excel in their strongest subjects.

Why A Levels?

There are a number of different qualifications offered by different schools. Glenalmond offers an academic curriculum based on A Levels, a model which remains the curriculum of choice for the vast majority of independent schools in the UK. We believe that A levels provide a balance between depth and choice that is unrivalled by many of the alternatives.

A full explanation is available on our Why A Levels page.

At Glenalmond the curriculum, which includes a wide choice of subjects at all levels, aims to give to each pupil a broad and challenging education.

All pupils have different strengths and we encourage independent learning to give each pupil the opportunity to experience academic study at an appropriate level.


For more information about specific subjects, and an overview of the curriculum for different year groups, please select from the menu on the left.