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The Eton Curriculum

Eton is divided into five year-groups called blocks, from F (Year 9) to B (Year 13).

There are 35 schools (lessons) a week in which formal teaching takes place, but almost all boys have some reading schools (free periods). Boys are taught in divisions (sets, classes or forms) normally containing about ten or twelve boys of broadly similar ability in the case of specialists (C and B blocks, the sixth-form) and about twenty in the case of non-specialists (F, E and D blocks, the first three years).


An Outline of the Eton Block Structure
Block Name Academic Scope
F A foundation programme with very little choice other than which two modern foreign languages to take and whether to take up or continue with classical Greek
E The first GCSE year during which a boy studies in 10 subject-groups towards 11 GCSEs (English producing two GCSEs)
D The second GCSE year when a boy may if he wishes reduce his studies to 9 subject-groups, subject to certain constraints
C The AS-level year when most boys study towards 4 AS levels; some take the Pre-U or progress to A level without sitting the AS in subjects
B The A-level year when most boys apply to university (at the start), then take their final A levels or Pre-Us



In each block, a programme of regular out-of-school work (Extra Works, EW) is laid down. Division masters set this work in advance of the due date, encouraging boys to plan their own free time in an effective and responsible manner. Division masters keep house masters and tutors informed of boys’ progress by providing non-specialists with comment cards and specialists with interim reports in the middle of each half. In addition trials (internal examinations) take place at the end of the michaelmas and summer halves; boys are examined in all their main subjects other than those in which they are being externally examined that half.

Help is available at the Learning Centre for boys with specific learning difficulties. All boys are screened during their first half, and any whose results raise cause for concern are re-assessed and, where appropriate, given extra help. Boys whose learning difficulties emerge later are referred to the centre by their house masters. Help ranges from group spelling and comprehension classes to individual tuition in a range of study skills.