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Frequently Asked Questions

How many A Levels will I take? What are the enrichment options?

Students study for 3 A Levels and have the option of completing either an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a Sports Leadership qualification, the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness or the Accreditation in Languages for Business.  These qualifications give you UCAS points and are highly regarded by both universities and employers.

How many taught lessons are there in Sixth Form?

For most subjects you will have 8 lessons per subject per week with a specialist teacher.  In addition, our Sixth Form ‘Scrum’ lessons ensure you have fully understood each topic and help you to develop your exam technique throughout the course. In the remaining ‘free’ lessons, if you are on track, you will be able to complete your work in the Sixth Form Centre.

If you have a ‘free’ at the end of the day and you are making good progress you will be able to leave school early (with parental permission).

What is different about being a Sixth Former?

You will enjoy a closer rapport with our friendly teachers as A Level teaching groups are smaller and give you the chance to voice your opinions and contribute fully to discussions.

You can enjoy the wonderful facilities in the Sixth Form Centre including dedicated study rooms, pool table and modern social areas, plus the very popular Pelican café to keep you nourished with delicious paninis and hot drinks.

As the most senior students in the school you have the benefit of being able to take on a wide range of leadership opportunities from Heads of House to running clubs.

You will be able to wear a smart business suit instead of school uniform.

What are the benefits of being a Dunottar Sixth Former?

Becoming a Sixth Former at Dunottar is a new stage in your school career and with this comes greater independence.  Being based in our fabulous Sixth Form Centre enables you to have more freedom whilst also playing a key role in our friendly school community. Whilst being encouraged to become more independent, there is always friendly advice and support on hand from our Director and Deputy Head of Sixth Form and from personal tutors.

For learning

  • Smaller classes enable teachers to provide you with tailored and individual support and for you to engage in discussions in every class
  • Individual support from teachers outside of lessons to provide guidance with coursework and homework
  • Our friendly community atmosphere ensures your teachers get to know you extremely well and so they can provide in-depth advice on future careers and university applications

For enrichment

  • You have plenty of opportunities for extra-curricular activities and for developing your leadership skills, including the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the Sports Leadership qualification. The EPQ develops your critical thinking skills for higher education.

 For socialising

  • Sixth Form social events and excursions including a start of year bonding trip for all Sixth formers
  • You will benefit from making friends in both the Upper and Lower Sixth as both years integrate seamlessly in our Sixth Form Centre.
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Year 7 2025 Taster Morning

Saturday 11th May 2024

Looking to join Dunottar in September 2025? Attend our Taster Morning to take part in fun activities, meet our teachers and get to know other children who will be sitting the entrance assessments.

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