The Sixth Form Curriculum at Glenalmond is based solely on the A-level examination system.
In the first year of the Sixth Form the pupils are expected to study four subjects (five 55 minute lessons per subject per week) and in the Upper Sixth year they normally continue with three subjects. The Guide to the Sixth Form is a helpful tool and subjects can be chosen from Sixth Form Options Choices.
Glenalmond College offers an academic curriculum based on the English 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 any of the alternatives. Some schools offer a choice of curriculum as well as subject; to us the concentration on a single curriculum adds cohesion, focus and direction to pupils and staff alike in the demanding two years of the Sixth Form.
The ability to select from 25 A level subjects at Glenalmond provides unrivalled possibilities in tailoring a Sixth Form programme to the needs and aptitudes of each individual pupil. The selection of four subjects in the first year from which three subjects are taken on into the second year, gives the A level candidate the best of both worlds: a high degree of breadth, followed by the flexibility to add a refinement and further degree of specialisation in the second year of the course. The flexibility of the A level system has a further advantage in that it allows the very strongest candidates to add additional components and subjects whilst also making it possible for some weaker candidates to reduce the number of subjects.
The depth and specialisation of work in the second year of the two year A level course allows a level of study that is desired and required by universities. It is our firm belief that the ability to specialise in three subjects offers not only proven preparation for the rigours of university study, but also offers a level of academic and intellectual challenge and rigour which would not be possible under alternative systems of greater breadth. This potential for individualised study programmes combined with the flexibility of choice and the potential for specialisation underpins the great strength of the A level system which is seen as a universally strong qualification for entry to world class British, European and North American Universities.
At Glenalmond all of this is supplemented by additional learning and extension work that is flexible, current, topical and challenging.